Pay for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers depends on experience.
People specialising as drainlayers typically earn a little less than plumbers and gasfitters.
Source : Careers Directorate Tertiary Education Commission research, 2017.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers may do some or all of the following :
Skills and knowledge
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers need to have :
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers who are self-employed also need business skills.
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers :
To become a plumber, gasfitter or drainlayer, you need to :
A driver's licence is also useful.
The Skills Organisation oversees plumber, gasfitter and drainlayer apprenticeships. ATT and Masterlink employ, train and place apprentices.
NCEA Level 2 in English, maths, physics, design and visual communication, and construction and mechanical technologies is useful.
Year 11 and 12 students can learn more about the construction industry and gain relevant skills by doing a National Certificate in Building, Construction and Allied Trades (Levels 1 and 2) through the BConstructive programme.
Year 11 to 13 students can also gain industry experience through programmes such as Gateway.
These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers need to be :
Useful experience for plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers includes :
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers need to be fit, healthy and reasonably strong, as some lifting is involved. They need to be comfortable working at heights or in small confined spaces.
Plumbers, gasfitters and drainlayers must be registered with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board and hold a practising licence.
Interested in exploring this job further?
Careers New Zealand is working with the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) to investigate the demand for a matchmaking scheme to help secondary school students easily explore jobs in the construction sector.
To help us understand the demand for this proposed scheme, please take part in a two-minute survey.