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Tick the box if you are good at...
Using you hands skilfully?
Working tidily and carefully?
Checking that you have done things correctly?
Listening to what people tell you?
Carrying out instructions?
Working on your own initiative?
Learning new and interesting things?
It wouldn’t bother you much if you had to...
Work outside in the open air?
Travel to many different places?
Sometimes get dirty?
Sometimes work at heights or up a ladder?
Sometimes work alone?
Sometimes with others?
Have you ever used, can you use a…
If you’ve ticked lots of boxes that’s great, plumbing could be just what you are looking for!
If not don’t worry, all the skills mentioned above can be learned if you want to...
What about other skills and knowledge?
A professional plumber will develop lots of other skills, for example:
Pipes run under floors, so the ability to lift floorboards and relaying them,
Pipes pass through walls, so holes have to be made and patched up afterwards.
A professional plumber also needs to have some knowledge of building construction. If not, joists might be cut too deep or walls weakened by large holes and floors or walls might collapse.
Plumbers also need some knowledge of electricity, as modern boilers, pumps and motorised valves used in central heating all need electricity to operate.
What about disability and physical fitness?
If you are disabled, it might or might not be a suitable career for you. It is for you to decide, but think about your physical fitness and the checklists above. If you are interested try to find out more before you decide.
Is plumbing a job for men only?
Definitely not! In the UK by far the majority of plumbers are men, but this is not true in other parts of the world, and in the UK there are great opportunities for women plumbers, particularly in domestic plumbing in the home.
Think about it, I feel sure that, given the choice, most women would prefer a plumbing job in their home to be done by a woman plumber rather than by a male plumber who would often be a stranger invited into their home...