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Plumbers install and maintain toilets, sinks, showers, pipes and other water fittings. They work in private houses, on construction sites and in businesses to ensure that fixtures and fittings work properly. They also fix leaks and maintain heating systems.

Being a plumber requires good technical and practical skills. You may also need to be willing to work at unusual hours if you receive an emergency call. You will need a relevant diploma and many plumbers qualify via an apprenticeship.

What does a Boiler engineer do?
Day-to-day, you will:
  • Install and maintain taps, pipes and water fittings

  • Maintain heating systems

  • Work on construction sites to plumb in new houses

  • Fix blockages and leaks
Skills & interests required for a Boiler engineer
  • Practical and technical skills

  • Willingness to do physical work

  • Happy to work at unusual hours for emergency call outs

  • Willing to keep learning about plumbing and heating systems as new technologies are developed

  • Ability to work to technical drawings
What hours does a Boiler engineer typically do?
They can vary considerably and will increase in peak times. Typically though, you may work between 37 and 40 hours a week. Your employer will agree on set times with you, or, if you’re self-employed, you will determine these hours yourself.
What environment is a Boiler engineer based in?
Private houses, construction sites, business and anywhere where plumbing maintenance and installation is needed.
How much does a Boiler engineer travel?
Day-to-day, you may be travelling to sort different plumbing issues at various locations.
How much does a Boiler engineer get paid?
A starting salary for a plumber is around £15,000 to £20,000 per annum but more experienced plumbers, and self-employed plumbers, can earn much more. Some plumbing salaries may exceed £40,000.
What qualifications does a Boiler engineer need?
You will need a plumbing diploma but may gain the necessary qualifications through an apprenticeship. Maths skills are also helpful.

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