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Plumbing and Heating

Programme Overview:

The role of a Plumber can be highly varied ranging from installing systems in new buildings to the maintenance of existing ones. The activities of a Plumber will depend on the type of building they work on and their level of experience and qualifications.

Domestic Plumbers will install basic cold water, hot water, sanitation, rainwater harvesting, central heating systems and sheet lead systems. With extra training, they can also install domestic fuelburning appliances using gas, oil or solid fuel.

Plumbers that work on industrial or commercial buildings like factories, hospitals and shopping centres will usually have a wider range of duties than domestic plumbers. As well as installing hot and cold water systems, sanitation, rainwater harvesting, central heating systems and sheet lead systems they will also install heating and fuel supplies; specialist appliances and fire protection systems.

Typical tasks for a Plumbing apprentice might include:

  • Fitting pipework to baths, showers, toilets, sinks, radiators, central heating boilers, solar water heaters, water pumps, hot water storage cylinders and cold water storage cisterns
  • Undertaking emergency repair and maintenance work
  • Fitting and joining rainwater, soil and drainage pipes
  • Following details plans to install specialist systems in a commercial or industrial environment, e.g. fire protection systems, air conditioning units, etc.

Job Roles

Level 2 Intermediate:

Plumber:

  • Works under minimal supervision to complete the installation and maintenance of domestic hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage, rainwater systems, central heating systems and components.

Qualifications

Level 2 Intermediate:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in ICT
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