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Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Plumber - Mechanical Services

As a Mechanical Services Plumber, you specialise in mechanical services including the installation and servicing of heating and cooling systems.

Summary of Training

Core Units and their Electives: Water and Sanitary Streams

  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Assemble mechanical services components
  • Fabricate and install steel pressure piping
  • Install small bore heating systems
  • Carry out interactive workplace communication
  • Read plans and calculate plumbing quantities
  • Work effectively in the plumbing and services sector
  • Carry out WHS requirements
  • Handle and store plumbing materials
  • Use plumbing hand and power tools
  • Carry out levelling
  • Mark out materials
  • Weld using oxy-acetylene equipment
  • Weld using manual metal arc welding equipment
  • Carry out simple concreting and rendering
  • Work safely on roofs
  • Flash penetrations through roofs and walls
  • Weld polyethylene and polypropylene pipes using fusion method
  • Fabricate and install non-ferrous pressure piping
  • Fabricate and install fire hydrant and hose reel systems
  • Connect and install storage tanks to a domestic water supply
  • Set out and install water services
  • Install and adjust water service controls and devices
  • Install and commission water heating systems
  • Install water pumpsets
  • Fit off and commission heated and cold water services
  • Connect irrigation systems from drinking water supply
  • Provide basic emergency life support
  • Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • Install medical gas pipeline systems
  • Install and test ducting systems
  • Install air handling units
  • Install and test split system air conditioning
  • Install air conditioning control equipment
  • Maintain mechanical services equipment
  • Fabricate and install external flashings
  • Install refrigeration and air conditioning plant and equipment
  • Install pipework and pipework assemblies
  • Test, recover, evacuate and charge refrigeration systems
  • Install acoustic and thermal environmental protection systems
  • Install water pipe systems
  • Collect and store roof water
  • Install water services
  • Install domestic and residential life safety sprinkler systems

Plus two of four streams: Sanitary and Gas Services selected for this sample

  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Locate and clear blockages
  • Plan layout of a residential sanitary plumbing system
  • Install discharge pipes
  • Fabricate and install sanitary stacks
  • Install and fit off sanitary fixtures
  • Install trench support
  • Install stormwater and sub-soil drainage systems
  • Drain work site
  • Install sewerage pumpsets
  • Cut and join sheet metal
  • Install gas piping systems
  • Size consumer gas piping systems
  • Install and commission Type A gas appliances
  • Install LPG storage of aggregate storage capacity up to 500 litres
  • Install LPG systems in caravans, mobile homes and mobile workplaces
  • Install LPG systems in a marine craft
  • Install gas pressure control equipment
  • Install Type A gas appliance flues
  • Purge consumer piping
  • Disconnect and reconnect Type A gas appliances
  • Calculate and install natural ventilation for Type A gas appliances
  • Work safely at heights
  • Operate elevated work platforms
  • Operate personnel and materials hoists
  • Carry out load slinging of off-site materials
  • Assemble mechanical services components

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract additional incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the National Skills Needs List.

 

Job Pathways

Construction, Plumbing and Services

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Building & Construction

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Practical & Manual

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 23040

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information and More Details

Plumber - Mechanical Services - CPC32513
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 0 0 5 0 0 10 0 0
ASbA
Classification A A * A
Availability of Australian Apprenticeships and Nominal Duration (in months)

A = identified by the State or Territory as an Apprenticeship

T = identified by the State or Territory as a Traineeship

* = An approved qualification in Tasmania is available as an Apprenticeship/Traineeship.

A Qualification registered by a State or Territory as available as an Australian Apprenticeship may not be eligible for public funding support, check with the relevant State or Territory Training Authority.

Nominal durations listed are for full time occupations, stated in months. In some cases nominal durations provided may not include the completion of pre-requisites. This data is sourced from State and Territory Training Authorities and is provided for information only and must be confirmed with these authorities.

Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbA)

This information generally reflects availability of ASbAs that may contribute to study scores. In some cases full-time or part-time ASbAs allow an individual to start training in a qualification that can be completed after they leave secondary school. Please note that applicable industrial arrangements must allow for ASbAs. Visit the relevant State or Territory website for more detailed information (click on the State or Territory link provided).

ANZSCO Classification: 334112

Note: This is an indicative Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) classification for this occupation, provided as a guide only. Apprenticeship Network providers should refer to DET guidelines regarding ANZSCO codes.

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