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Plumbers & Pipefitters

Descriptions & Duties

  • Plumbers & Pipefitters assemble, install and repair pipe, pipes-fittings, sanitary fixtures, cold, hot and flush water systems, and soil, waste and rain water drainage systems according to specifications.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:2 (Max:5) 

Skill is occasionally required


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional knowledge and skills in plumbing and pipefitting

Plumbers & Pipefitters must always apply professional knowledge and skills in plumbing and pipe-fitting to complete their tasks at work.

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • (i) completion of relevant training courses is an advantage; or (ii) holders of Plumber's licence; or equivalent, are preferable; or (iii) holders of Intermediate Trade Test Certificate or Trade Test Certificate for Plumber are preferable; or (iv) holders of certificate of completion of an apprenticeship in the trade of plumber are preferable; and (v) must be Certified Worker of Confined Space Operation when working in confined space (You may visit Labour Department website for details)

Professional qualification

  • must be registered as Construction Worker and holder of Green Card when working on construction sites (You may visit Construction Industry Council website for registration details)


  • typically gain skills through work experiences

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $10,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$50,000

Monthly Salary $20,000-$70,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 5-8

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 8-10

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Plumbers & Pipefitters usually work outdoors or at construction sites performing physically demanding tasks, such as assembling, installing and repairing pipe, pipes-fittings and sanitary fixture.


  • Band saws
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Bolt cutters
  • Callipers
  • Depth gauges
  • Dewatering pumps
  • Drain or pipe cleaning equipment
  • Fluid regulators - Water stoppers
  • Hammer drills
  • Liquid leak detectors
  • Pipe or tube cutter
  • Pipe wrenches
  • Power drills
  • Power saws
  • Protective gloves
  • Sewage pumps
  • Shears
  • Soldering and welding equipment
  • Tape measures
  • Utility knives

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