Summary of occupation
Gasfitters install, test, maintain and repair gas lines, meters, regulators and the downstream piping systems and appliances that are associated with the use of Liquid Petroleum Gas. These include hot water systems and other gas appliances, such as gas heaters and heat pumps. They measure, cut, shape and fit gas pipes, test the systems they are installing, and fit them into homes, businesses and other buildings.
Installs, maintains and repairs gas mains, piping systems downstream of the billing meter, and appliances and ancillary equipment associated with the use of fuel gases, including liquefied petroleum gas systems. Registration or licensing is required.
Gas Main and Line Fitter,
Liquefied Petroleum Gasfitter
Gasfitters work in a range of locations including homes, businesses and a range of commercial and industrial buildings including schools and hospitals. They may work in confined spaces and conditions may be hot and dirty. As they work with LPG gas, they need to maintain a strict approach to safety.
On average, gasfitters and plumbers can expect to earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on their level of experience, and the type of organisation they work for.
Many gasfitters are self-employed and/or work as part of a team as an individual sub-contractor. Earnings for sub-contractors or small business operators will depend on their level of skill and experience, the level of demand for their services, as well as the amount of work completed.
Gasfitters use hand and power tools such as wrenches, spanners, saws, cutters and welding gear. They cut, bend, join and fix piping that is usually made out of materials, such as lead, copper, aluminium, plastic, zinc and iron. They also need to be familiar with the products that they are installing, such as hot water systems, meters and regulators.
To become a gasfitter, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. A plumbing and gasfitting apprenticeship takes about 48 months to complete and is available as a school based apprenticeship.
To work as a gasfitter in Western Australia, you must be licensed and obtain a gasfitting permit issued by EnergySafety.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.
If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.
If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.
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If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.