Become a Plumber: Top 5 Plumbing Skills

Become a Plumber: Top 5 Plumbing Skills


When you learn to become a plumber with one of our plumbing courses, you open up multiple opportunities to upskill your career and you can even progress into senior or managerial plumbing jobs through gaining transferable skills.

So, if you'd like to become a plumber but you're not sure whether it's right for you, we've put together the top 5 plumbing skills you will need to start a rewarding and exciting career as a plumbing engineer. 


1. Teamwork and Collaboration

Plumbing is a very person-centric job, as you will be working with, around, and for customers most of the time. Because of this, it's integral to have great communication skills such as teamwork and collaboration up your sleeve.

These communication skills will help you to easily navigate challenging tasks with your peers, as well as helping you provide high-quality services to paying customers. The plus side of having great communication skills is that you may even be able to advance your career by training plumbing apprentices or newcomers within your business!


2. Problem-Solving and Troubleshooting

As a plumber, you can expect to be dealing with quite serious problems and issues on a daily basis. Think about it - if you have to repair a toilet for a family of 5, you'll want to ensure that you do it quickly and effectively!

Plumbing jobs are often time-sensitive and completed under moderate to high pressure due to the urgency of any plumbing situation. Due to this, you should have the patience, persistence and the self motivation to complete a plumbing job to the best of your ability. 

You may come across some situations where you're not sure what to do next, and this can be quite a nerve-wracking situation. As long as you have the drive and the initiative to find a reasonable and effective solution, we can guarantee that you will make an excellent plumber!


3. Technical Knowledge

Although we've spoken about communication and mental skills, it's obviously also essential to know your trade technically and mechanically inside and out. 

The technical skills of a plumber are varied - from installations to repairs and testing, a plumber should be able to conduct lots of different tasks all in a day's work. To do this, you will need expert mechanical and technical knowledge of plumbing installations, repairs and testing. 

Luckily, our Essential Plumbing Course will provide you with a Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing, a must-have for those who wish to kickstart their new plumbing career.

Areas covered in our Essential Plumbing Course include...

  • Domestic hot and cold water systems
  • Sanitation
  • Central heating
  • Drainage
  • Water cylinders and tanks
  • Bathroom installation
  • Maintenance 
  • Safety regulations


4. Physical Strength and Dexterity

Like with all trades, plumbing requires a high level of physical strength. This doesn't mean that you have to be a bodybuilder to become a plumber, but this does mean you may require more strength and dexterity than the average office worker! 

You will need excellent physical strength as a plumber as you may find that you need to access confined spaces, deal with heavy equipment, work at height or handle complex tools with precision and skill.


5. Administration Skills

Finally, you will need to have a strong business mindset. Whether you work for a business or as a self-employed plumber, you will need to know how to deal with customers in a professional manner. You will also need to run your business in line with legal regulations, or follow the legal regulations of your employer's business.

You may also need to complete paperwork, give quotes for your services, manage financial records or even order in a large amount of tools or equipment. If you are organised, methodical and reliable, you will be able to do all of these things.

It's often easy to forget that common sense is a huge advantageous skill to have in a plumbing career, so ensure that you focus on your general business skills as well as your mechanical, physical and communication skills.


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If you are good at any of the above skills, then you'll probably make an excellent plumber. Whether you want to become a self-employed plumber, or you'd like to join a business, we have the perfect plumbing course available for you.

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