Make a Splash in This Job; Careers in Leakage Control If You Have Good Problem-Solving Skills and Don't Mind Getting Dirty, a Career in Leakage Control May Appeal. Michelle Rushton Got Wet to Find out More in Association with Fish4jobs
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What does a career in leakage control involve?
Leakage operatives aim to minimise the amount of water wasted through damaged pipes, by finding leaks in the water distribution network.
They carry out planned surveys and respond to emergencies, making sure the water supply is disrupted as little as possible. There is often no visible sign of a leak, so one of their main tasks it to use specialist equipment to examine water flowing in and out of an area, pinpointing any leaks.
Work also includes inspecting customers' water supply, monitoring leakage, attaching leakage detection equipment to pipes and measuring water pressure and flow.
What training do you need?
Employers ask for a good standard of education and you may have an advantage with some GCSEs or similar qualifications.
It is also useful to have previous experience or qualifications in construction, plumbing, building services engineering or plant maintenance.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship scheme, for which you would need four GCSEs (A-C), including maths, English, and another relevant subject such as science, engineering or design and technology.
Training would combine on-the-job experience and the chance to gain NVQ Level 2 in Leakage Detection, NVQ Level 2 Water Distribution Control, NVQ Level 3 Leakage Control or NVQ Level 3 Maintaining Water Supply Network.
The NVQ includes work-based assessments as well as study at a local college to gain a technical certificate such as the City & Guilds Level 2 and 3 Certificates in Water Engineering (Leakage). …