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- SpecialisationApprenticeship Trades
- Starting Salary$47,224
About the role
As a Plumber, Gasfitter and Drain layer in the Army, you will work on a huge variety of tasks and equipment from providing amenities in camps and bases to assisting in repairing damaged buildings. You will earn trade certified qualifications and be called upon everywhere the Army goes.
The New Zealand Army has many installations and camps around the country, and often is deployed on humanitarian and peacekeeping missions around the world. All of these places require plumbers to ensure the amenities function properly. You will be provided with all the tools and the knowledge required to competently complete any task set for you. You will have all the skills expected of a civilian plumber, with the added training afforded to a soldier in a modern army.
Job on base
The role of a Plumber, Gasfitter and Drain layer on camp is to conduct routine maintenance of existing camp facilities. Plumbers are called upon for a variety of tasks including inspection and replacement of pipes to installation and fit out of new facilities.
As well as your day to day plumbing responsibilities you will also continue your soldier training including weapons, medical and radio/communications training.
Job on deployment
A vital role of Plumbers in the Army is assisting with the initial construction and maintenance of plumbing, gas fitting and drain laying facilities of deployed camp facilities such as the Provincial Re-construction Team (PRT) operating in Afghanistan.
RNZE personnel can be found in small contingents around the globe. Places they have previously been deployed include Antarctica, Mozambique, USA, East Timor, Australia, South Pacific Islands, Bosnia and Iraq.
I love the environment we work on; hands on, alot of outdoors, getting in the bush, and obviously the people we work with – very motivated and positive people.
Career progression and training
As you progress though your career you will get the opportunity to gain foreman and senior project manager qualifications related to your trade.
In time you will be eligible to be posted to Burnham or even back to the School of Military Engineering as one of the plumbing instructors.
BASIC COMBAT ENGINEER COURSE
This is an eight week course held at the School of Military Engineering, Linton Military Camp. This is the first course conducted for most trades within the Royal New Zealand Engineers. It introduces you to the combat side of being an engineer before you undertake your specific trade.
The course covers the basics of field engineering including bridging, water supply, explosives, field defences, obstacles, booby traps, boating and other subjects. After the course, you will have a good understanding of field engineering and also be qualified as an Army (explosives) Demolition Handler.
The plumbing, gas fitting and drain laying apprenticeship takes about three years to complete. During the period, you will attend five three-week courses at WelTech. You will be taught a combination of theory and practical skills, and assessed on what you have learned as required by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
At the completion of your apprenticeship, you will have gained a National Certificate in Plumbing, Gas fitting and Drain laying. The next step is to sit the advanced Trade Certificates exams (known as Craftsman exams). Within five years, you could be a Craftsman Qualified Plumber and Gasfitter. You may also be able to attend advanced courses on water sanitisation and reticulation.
As a Plumber in the Army, you’ll qualify to NZQA recognized standards and will achieve your Plumber, Gasfitter and Drain Layer qualification.
Upon successful enlistment into the Army you will be posted to Waiouru Army base. Here you will do 16 weeks of basic military training to find out if you have what it takes to be in the Army, and learn various subjects including:
- Organisation and Administration
- Army Customs and Protocol
- Drill and Parades
- Military Field Skills and Weapon Training
- First Aid
- Physical Fitness
Salary and benefits
Careers in the Army are well-rewarded, diverse and exciting. As you become more experienced and move up through the ranks, gaining additional skills and qualifications, your salary will rise accordingly.
Benefits and allowances
There are many additional benefits to being in the Defence Force, that will make your money go further.
For example, on top of your basic salary you can expect ‘Military Factor’. This provides you with significant extra financial rewards because of the commitment you’ve made to serve your country.
Free medical and dental
Access to subsidised equipment on base
Subsidised food on base
Competitive superannuation, up to 4% with KiwiSaver
Sponsored tertiary study programmes at all levels
Fitness and Medical
Period of Service
- You must be at least 17 years of age.
- Meet the citizenship and security requirements to gain CV security clearance for this trade.
You must have achieved NCEA level 1 with a minimum of 12 credits in level 1 Science.
- You must be medically fit for service.
- Colour perception restrictions may apply.
There are strict citizenship and security requirements to gain the required CV security clearance for this trade.
Find out if you’re eligible here.
Once you have completed training you will be required to give a two year return of service to the NZ Army.
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