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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 4

Interview: Y

Course Summary

Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians plan, select, install, service, commission and maintain all aspects of plumbing and heating systems. 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, 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 gas, oil and solid fuel boilers as well as pumps, heat emitters, bathroom furniture or controls as part of a cold water, hot water, and central heating or above ground drainage and rainwater systems. Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technicians are at the forefront of installing new and exciting environmental technologies like heat pumps, solar thermal systems, biomass boilers and water recycling systems. It is important for a plumbing and heating technician to be able to work independently or as a team and use their 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 minimise waste.
 

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is a minimum of  English and Mathematics at level 2 or GCSE 4+ or equivalent,  It will be a requirement that the newly developed Level 3 Plumbing and Domestic Heating Qualification is achieved prior to taking the end-point Assessment.

Course Content

How will I be assessed?

Level 3 Diploma in Plumbing and Domestic Heating 
 
 
EPA - Health and safety systems Legislation, codes of practice, relevant regulations, safe working practices, risk assessment, COSHH and method statements, safe working environments and situations (working at heights, excavations etc.), fire protection and emergency procedures. Plumbing and Heating Science, processes Scientific principles, heat transfer, units of measurement, mechanical principles, electrical principles, plumbing and heating design principles. Pipework measuring, cutting, bending and jointing techniques. Allied trade skills, plastering, drilling, cutting and making good different building fabrics. Environmental and energy efficient working practices Environmental principles - Compliance to environmental legislation and the impact of processes and technologies associated with fire, emergency and security systems. Questions to assess the apprentice on the culture of re-use and recycle, WEEE Regulations (Waste electrical electronic equipment). Meet work and project plans and meeting customer expectations Managing time, resource and job planning for economy, business and client convenience and sound business principles. Principles of high quality customer service and the needs of others. Building and maintaining relationships. Communicating in a clear, articulate and appropriate manner. Plumbing and Heating Systems Size, select, plan, install, test, commission, decommission, service, maintain, fault find and repair plumbing and heating systems, including; cold water, hot water, central heating, sanitation and rainwater, electrical and heating controls, fuel burning appliances and environmental technologies. 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

No - PPE is a mandatory requirement

What can I do after this course?

Further Study - HNC or Higher Apprenticeship
 
 
 
Careers - Senior Plumber.  Owner of own company
 

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Sean Bell

Sean Bell

Joinery apprentice Sean says College and work are a perfect

Apprentice joiner Sean Bell says Derby College and his employer Metworks are providing a brilliant environment in which to learn his trade.
 
Seventeen-year-old Sean said his parents and sister went to university and, from what they said, he decided it "didn't seem right to me."
 
Instead, he looked for an apprenticeship. As he was "good at making things" and most of his exams were in design, he decided on joinery as a career.
 
Sean looked on the Government website and found that Derby-based social properties maintenance business Metworks was recruiting. He was taken on last September and has not looked back.
 
He is working towards his Level 2 in Carpentry and Joinery and goes to Derby College one day a week.
 
Sean said at both college and work "there's respect for everybody. You're treated properly, like a grown-up." Sean's job involves working on "doorways, fences, gates, kitchen windows...anything really."
 
He said it was too soon to say which direction his career might take. Derby-based Metworks was formed in February 2016 as the in-house maintenance supplier to Metropolitan, one of the UK's leading providers of affordable housing and care and support services.
 
The company has around 60 in its frontline team, plus 18 management and back office support staff. Managing director of Metworks Gary Collins said the business had a number of key social objectives which included "adding value to local communities."
 
Sean is one half of Metworks' inaugural intake of two apprentices, along with apprentice plumber Emily Parnill.
 
Gary said: "They are doing really well. I think there is good liaison with my office and college, to provide proper validation of how they are getting on. I think it is important our college provider is local." Gary said the business aimed to continue providing employment and training opportunities. Metworks planned to help inform young people on potential opportunities by getting trades people to talk to them at school and college sites.
 
He said: "When you are young you really don't know what you want to do, so I think there are ways we can support people by giving them the information they might need. We'd like to think there are really good communication channels between us and the college."
 
Operations Director Ian Davies has personal experience in building a successful career from an apprenticeship – he started out 31 years ago in housing maintenance as an apprentice himself. He said: "Over the last 12 to 15 years I have helped develop perhaps 40 people into a more senior position.
 
There is every opportunity, if we nurture and capture what we can in these young people, and the people who follow from Derby College, that they can develop further with Metworks and go on to great things."

The college work is as good as the work itself – I'm enjoying both. I'm busy all day, doing bench joinery, compared to the site joinery I'm doing at work. I'm getting to know the different sides of it. I'm meeting new people. It's good.


I decided to go into joinery because I like making things: three quarters of my subjects at school were design ones. I like everything about college. It's good, apart from going home at quarter to six! They can be long days. I'd really recommend an apprenticeship, you're straight away learning on the job and at college. It's the way I wanted it.


 

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