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Roof plumber

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Summary of occupation

​Roof plumbers install gutters, downpipes, flashings and rainwater tanks on residential, commercial and industrial buildings throughout Western Australia. They work with roofing structures that are made from metal, polycarbonate, fibreglass or glass, or have waterproof membranes. They may also install roof sheeting and wall cladding.

Roof plumbers interpret technical drawings to install roof drainage systems for roofs of various angles on residential projects. They also calculate the correct pitch and size of roofs to ensure water tanks capture the maximum amount of rainwater.

ANZSCO description: Installs, maintains and repairs flashings, metallic roof and wall claddings and rainwater products such as gutters and downpipes. Registration or licensing is required.
Alternative names: Metal roof plumber, Steel roof plumber, Steel roofer
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​A roof plumber needs:

  • to enjoy practical, manual work
  • to have a careful, methodical and accurate approach to work
  • good problem solving skills
  • to be physically fit
  • to be able to work at heights
  • to work well as part of a team.
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Working conditions

​Roof plumbers work outdoors on roofs of varying heights. They work in a variety of weather conditions and particular care must be taken in wet and hot weather. They wear protective clothing and follow strict safety procedures to minimise any associated risks.

Roof plumbers usually start work early in the morning, and may be required to work on weekends. They may be required to travel between worksites.

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Salary details

​On average, roof plumbers, classified under plumbers, can earn between $1 000 and $1 249 per week ($52 000 and $64 999 per year), depending on the type of organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

Many roof plumbers 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.

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Tools and technologies

​Roof plumbers cut, bend and join pipes using tools such as hacksaws, tin snips, copper tube cutters and pipe benders. They use power tools to join sheet metal and secure downpipes. They also install equipment such as heating and cooling systems, water tanks and solar water heating systems.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​To become a roof plumber you need to complete an apprenticeship. The roof plumber apprenticeship usually takes 48 months to complete and is available as a school-based apprenticeship.

You may also need to obtain a High Risk Work Licence from WorkSafe.

Workers in the construction industry must undergo safety induction training and be issued with a Construction Induction Card (commonly known as a "white card"). In Western Australia, training is conducted by registered training organisations authorised by WorkSafe.

In Western Australia, sub-contractors carrying out construction work valued at more than $20 000 must be accredited or work under the supervision of someone who is accredited, as a registered building practitioner. Contact the Building Commission for more information.

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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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Recognition of prior learning

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.

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