With the obvious signs of turnaround seen in the economy, the construction business is booming; however, there is a flip side to this. The boom in construction business has led to an unprecedented shortage in skilled labor. Though there is shortage for all types of skilled labor, this shortage can be more acutely felt in the fields of plumbers, electricians and gas mechanics.
The job of a plumber incorporates a wide range of work and responsibilities. The plumber is an integral part of UK’s construction industry. Plumbing is a highly competitive field, employing and preferring technicians and crafts people that have the ability to work with a wide variety of materials using the latest technologies. As a plumber, you should be familiar with the latest technologies and be ready to work over the range of domestic boilers to the advanced welding technologies to the computerized control systems.
You should be able to install sanitation systems and service boilers and lay underground drainage pipes. You should be well versed with the latest developing technologies that are environment friendly such as rain water harvesting and solar water heating system.
You can decide to be a ‘wet only plumber’, handling only the piping systems in the bathrooms and the radiators; or, you can decide to be a ‘gas only plumber’, handling the work in industrial places such as hospitals and laboratories. You can check the relevant courses available at RF Training.
If you are an installation electrician or electro-technical panel builder, then this is for you. There is an acute shortage of labor for the type of work you do, so you have a very bright future in the construction industry.
As an installation electrician, it is your job to bring power to the premises of buildings under construction. You may have to install the latest environmental-friendly, smart heating systems and solar power energy. You will have to install power systems, fire protection, lighting, data network, and security systems in buildings. You will have to coordinate with other engineers for the installation of the wiring system and the underground heating systems too. As an electro-technical panel builder, you will be building and installing the control panels that would be operating the electrical systems inside the buildings.
As a gas mechanic, you will be installing, servicing and repairing gas appliances and heating systems. Your work profile will entail central heating systems, shower unit, gas fires and boilers.
At present, there is an acute shortage of registered ‘Gas safe’ installers everywhere, especially in the construction industry. When you are registered, it means that you are well trained and qualified to handle all the equipments and tools that are related to the gas and that you are aware of the various safety measures to be taken to safeguard property.
A gas mechanic needs specific qualifications for specific jobs such as domestic and non-domestic; a separate qualification to handle LPG and natural gas and the related pipeline system; a separate qualification for handling the different areas of gas work such as cookers, gas fires and boilers.
Careers in the construction industry for all the above-stated job profiles is very good provided you have the relevant qualifications and have undergone proper training. Additionally, you would need to be registered with the appropriate authorities. This helps in proving that you are genuine and instills a sense of confidence in your customers or the company with which you want to associate.
These are some of the most lucrative career options in the construction sector and if you are looking for a steady career option, you can consider these three careers.