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Plumbing and gas fitting jobs are in demand in the construction industry and, in particular, the mining construction industry. Plumbing is a speciality trade within the construction industry comprised of an often complex system of pipes and drains for the distribution and removal of water. But it’s not just water that plumbers manage. They are also responsible for gas piping used in heating, cooling and cooking. Plumbers work in a team with joiners, bricklayers, electricians.

According to Wikipedia, “A plumber is a tradesperson who specializes in installing and maintaining systems used for potable (drinking) water, sewage, and drainage in plumbing systems.”

Plumbing Needed in Mines

With the thousands of workers living and working on mine sites adequate sanitation through sanitary plumbing systems is a must to help eliminate the means of spreading infectious diseases.

Plumbing services incorporate the evaluation of how much water a fixture typically passes, how often it will be used by the amount of people living within the site, designing and implementing the outlined sanitary sewer lines.

Plumbing systems and subsystems include:
  • Water supplied from taps
  • Drainage for rainwater, both on the surface and below ground
  • Piping used in fuel gas (gas fitting)
  • Venting for plumbing drainage
  • Waste management, sanitation, and septic systems
Plumbers are needed for emergency repairs to pipes (both septic and gas fuel pipes), fixtures and drain blockages. They need to service boilers and fuel burning appliances like stoves, ovens and heating systems. In addition, plumbers may be required to fit gutters and downspouts to chimneys and roofing. In domestic quarters, they’re responsible for fixing problems with:
  • Bathtubs
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Washing machines
  • Dishwashers
  • Garbage disposals
  • Underfloor heating systems

Career Outlook

Plumbing jobs are in great demand, especially in the energy and mining sectors. An increase in retirement aged plumbers is expected over the next decade which will contribute to the skills shortage already under way for skilled plumbers.

Construction jobs are also on the increase. Global Foresight states, “Plumbers are in a key position to influence the water efficiency, sustainable site, energy, fire protection, and pollution systems of residential and commercial projects. The scope of the occupation will broaden over the next decade as plumbers are called upon to play an increasingly important role in water conservation and green building design.”

The energy sector is seeing a great expansion in the number of plumbers required especially since more individuals and corporations are focusing on renewable energy and energy-efficient designs. The general public are becoming more aware of their energy consumption deeds and lifestyles.

Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters Assocation

The Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters Association is a not-for profit association supporting the plumbing industry. It offers an excellent training skills section on their website so you can determine the best training course for your needs. They also have an extensive list of licensed plumbers and gas fitters . Another great resource is their sustainability page giving you tips on living a greener and eco-friendly life.


Plumbing is a speciality trade much needed within the construction industry. Jobs in mining and oil and gas jobs have become all inclusive of these skilled trades. Plumbers are in demand as more mining operations are undertaken.

A deficit in the workforce is expected due to a large volume of retirees. Therefore, new and young plumbers are needed to stem this shortfall. Plumbing apprenticeships are available to those keen on pursuing this lucrative career path.

Visit our Construction Sectors page for more information on all the sectors needed to support the resource industry.
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