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Plumber

Job Zone

Education
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€13k > 44 
Plumber
Salary Range
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€13 - 44 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 27 - 39
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SOLAS / Payscale.com

Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Plumbers

Also included in this category:

Gas service engineers; heating and ventilating engineers; plumbing and heating engineers

Number Employed:

9,400

Part time workers: 11%
Aged over 55: 14%
Male / Female: 99 / 1%
Non-Nationals: 6%
With Third Level: 11%
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At a Glance... header image

Installs, repairs and services water, waste and service pipes in all kinds of buildings.


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1Total Records: 2

Donal Kane
Plumber / Construction Super.  

Donal Kane began his plumbing apprenticeship at the age of 17. Since then he has progresed through the ranks to become Construction Site Supervisor. Donal has completed several related courses including a night course Diploma in Building Services, Welding and Health & Safety.

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Dale O'Mahony
Apprentice Pipe Fitter  

Dale O’Mahony originally started as an apprentice plumber studying at the Regional skills and training centre in Dundalk but transferred over to a pipe fitting apprenticeship soon after. Dale is passionate about pursuing a career as a pipefitter in industrial and pharmaceutical plants in the future. 

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The Work header image

Plumbers work in a variety of locations including houses, industrial and commercial buildings, ships and aeroplanes.  
 
They use a variety of hand and power tools including wrenches, spanners, saws, cutters and welding gear.  
 
They cut, bend, join and fix materials such as lead, copper, aluminium, plastic, zinc and iron.  
 
Plumbers work on such technologies as underfloor heating systems, solar heating and geothermal heating systems.  
 
Plumbers may be called out at short notice to do emergency repairs, especially in winter if pipes freeze. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Assemble pipe sections, tubing, or fittings, using couplings, clamps, screws, bolts, cement, plastic solvent, caulking, or soldering, brazing, or welding equipment.

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Install pipe assemblies, fittings, valves, appliances such as dishwashers or water heaters, or fixtures such as sinks or toilets, using hand or power tools.

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Keep records of work assignments.

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Fill pipes or plumbing fixtures with water or air and observe pressure gauges to detect and locate leaks.

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Direct helpers engaged in pipe cutting, preassembly, or installation of plumbing systems or components.

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Maintain or repair plumbing by replacing defective washers, replacing or mending broken pipes, or opening clogged drains.

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Locate and mark the position of pipe installations, connections, passage holes, or fixtures in structures, using measuring instruments such as rulers or levels.

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Measure, cut, thread, or bend pipe to required angle, using hand or power tools or machines such as pipe cutters, pipe-threading machines, or pipe-bending machines.

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Review blueprints, building codes, or specifications to determine work details or procedures.

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Anchor steel supports from ceiling joists to hold pipes in place.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment:  Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Scheduling Work and Activities:  Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Building and Construction:  Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Design:  Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a plumber you will need good practical skills and you must work carefully, following specifications and often interpreting plans and drawings.  
 
You need to be physically fit. The work involves a lot of bending, kneeling and working in cramped and awkward spaces. Plumbers use sharp and powered cutting tools and sometimes, work at height on roofs, so you must not suffer from any medical condition, such as frequent blackouts or dizziness, that could be a danger to yourself or others.


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Organisation: Construction Industry Federation
  Address: Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6
  Tel: (01) 406 6000
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