Plumbing and domestic heating technicians can find themselves working inside or outside a property.
Customer service skills and being tidy and respectful are important qualities as they can often find themselves working in customers homes as well as on building sites.
As a competent plumbing and heating technician, you will plan the installation of plumbing and heating systems includes accurate measuring, marking, cutting, bending and jointing metallic and non-metallic pipework.
Appliances and equipment can include:
Solid fuel boilers
Controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating
Above ground drainage and rainwater systems
You will be at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like:
Solar thermal systems
Water recycling systems
It is important that you are able to work independently or as a team and use your knowledge and skills to ensure that both the system and appliances are appropriately selected and correctly installed, often without any supervision, and done so in a safe, efficient and economical manner to minimize waste.
In addition to the core skills and knowledge requirements, you must undertake a fossil fuel natural gas specialism as part of the apprenticeship.
GCSEs at grade 4 in English and Maths (or functional skills level 2)
A suitable employer who is available to start you as an apprentice
Individual employers will decide on the selection critiera for their apprentices, which typically include the above. This means that you may be able to start this apprenticeship without meeting the above grades. However, you must have achieved a level 2 qualification in functional skills in both English and Maths and the newly developed Plumbing and Domestic Heating - Level 3 qualification before being entered for your final end-point assessment
By the end of this apprenticeship you will have satisfied the requirements for registration as EngTech by the Engineering Council through The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and or The Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
On completion of the health and safety assessment, as determined, by the assessment plan you will have satisfied the requirements to obtain a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Card through the Joint Industry Board for Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering Services (JIB-PMES) at the appropriate grade.
How is my course assessed?
The course is assessed using formative assessment in the form of a logbook, portfolio of evidence and practical observations. You will complete an end-point assessment to determine whether you are ready to move into full employment.
Duration 4 years
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