Plumbers and Heating and Ventilating Engineers

Plumbers and heating and ventilating installers and repairers assemble, install, maintain and repair plumbing fixtures, heating and ventilating systems and pipes and pipeline systems in commercial, residential and industrial premises and public buildings for non-renewable and renewable energy.


New workers

New workers start around £20,699. Normal pay is £35,222 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £49,772.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 125,668 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Repairs burst pipes and mechanical and combustion faults and replaces faulty taps, washers, valves, etc.

  • Attaches fittings and joins piping by welding, soldering, cementing, fusing, screwing or other methods.

  • Tests completed installation for leaks and makes any necessary adjustments.

  • Installs fittings such as storage tanks, cookers, baths, toilets, taps and valves, refrigerators, boilers, heat pumps, radiators and fires.

  • Measures and cuts required lengths of copper, lead, steel, iron, aluminium or plastic using hand or machine tools.

  • Examines drawings and specifications to determine layout of system.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Plumbing

  • Construction

  • Plumbing Repair

  • Carpentry

  • Plumbing Systems

  • Tiling

  • Heating Systems

  • Plastering

  • HVAC

  • Risk Analysis

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Customer Service

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Detail Oriented

  • Management

  • Teaching

  • English Language

  • Self-Motivation

  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

  • Sanitation

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.