Plumbers fit and maintain water systems in buildings. This includes toilets, baths, showers, sinks, washing machines and dishwashers. They can also install central heating systems but need additional qualifications to work with gas boilers. Plumbers install new pipework, service older systems, identify and fix faults, and may attend emergency call-outs when water or heating systems are damaged.

Roles and Responsibilities

As a plumber you will be responsible for ensuring the movement of water or drainage in a property is functioning correctly. This could involve installing new systems, or repairing issues on existing pipes or systems.

The job role of a plumber involves the following duties:

  • Installing hot and cold water, sanitation and drainage
  • Setting up rainwater harvesters and lead soakers
  • Installing central heating systems and domestic fuel-burning appliances using gas, oil or solid fuel
  • Designing water and heating systems
  • Cutting and joining pipes and fittings
  • Measuring or assessing sites to provide clients with an estimate
  • Servicing systems and fixing faults
  • Responding to emergency call-outs such as floods or boiler breakdowns
  • Working at a client’s home or business, often at height or in cramped conditions


  • Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating
  • T Level in Building Services Engineering for Construction.


Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a plumber include:

  • Able to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • Knowledge of building and construction
  • Be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • Knowledge of maths
  • Able to work well with others
  • Able to use your initiative
  • Able to work well with your hands
  • Customer service skills
  • Able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device