At Smith Brothers, our people are our greatest point of difference. We are always on the look-out for talented people.
We have more than 150 directly employed employees in our company. Application details are confidentially maintained on our database and referred to as positions become available.
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If you are attracted to a successful company that offers the opportunity to work on major innovative and challenging projects, with competitive remuneration and career opportunities, please contact us.
Minimum – Licensed Registered Plumber + White Card
If you are a trade qualified plumber or electrician, take pride in providing outstanding customer service, are experienced in maintenance, are well groomed and are looking for a change and the opportunity to work with a great team of people within a progressive company, then we want to talk to you.
Minimum – Licensed Registered Plumber + Backflow Device Testing, A Class Unrestricted Electrical licence, current Drivers Licence.
Experience in Hydrojet JetVac, CCTV inspections and locating experience. Heavy vehicle license, Confined Space Entry, Road Traffic Management, Green Card viewed as desirable qualifications.
Download the application form. Once you have completed and signed the form, you can email, post or fax to us. If we have a current vacancy, we will contact you. If there are no vacancies, we will retain your application for a period of six months in a confidential ‘talent pool’ and will contact you as vacancies occur.
When we have a position to be filled that matches your application, you may be contacted for a phone interview.
Successful phone interview candidates will be contacted to attend an interview in our office. We will ask you to bring your proof of your stated qualifications and licences.
You may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical at our cost.
In your application, you must provide contact details for two referees who we will contact to confirm your experience. We prefer you to list your previous supervisors or managers. All applicants will be police checked before employment commences.
If successful, we will verbally offer you the position and associated wage or salary package. If you accept the offer, we will send you a formal letter of appointment for you to sign and return.
Smith Brothers Group founded over 30 years ago, is one of Australia’s largest service providers employing over 150 employees, in our Construction & Service Plumbing, Electrical, Hot Water and Pipeline divisions from the head office in Adelaide, South Australia. At Smith Brothers, our people are our greatest point of difference. We might be a big company but we retain a family business culture where everyone belongs.
Show us that your attitude fits with our company. We recruit people who have a 'can-do' attitude. Show us that you are willing to work hard, enjoy a challenge, will get along with others and work together to create great results. We look for technical ability, but just as important are your problem-solving skills and motivation. We are an innovative and progressive company so there will always be a new opportunity if that is what you are looking for.
We aim to be the company that the best people want to work with. We want to be your employer of choice. We recognise that staff retention is critical to our business success and plan to keep our people employed and proud to be part of the team. We understand that job satisfaction means different things for different people. We pick people that we feel have potential and then give them the opportunity to develop that to its full extent.
Many who began their career as apprentices with Smith Brothers now run the company as Division Managers, Project Managers, Site Managers and Estimators.
The success of the business can be attributed to recognising the importance of building a culture where employees are treated fairly and equitably through salary, benefits, opportunity for advancement and job security; where all have a sense of achievement and camaraderie about their work and their company. Our practices include:
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a voluntary and confidential counselling service available to all our employees and can assist to find workable solutions for individual problems. Everybody reacts differently to the pressures of everyday life. Sometimes these pressures begin to consume us and consequently both our work life and our home life can be affected.
To find out if we are achieving our goals with our staff, we ask them. Here are their comments.
“Trust and responsibility is given along with challenges to stretch … individual aptitudes and interests are developed … knowledge sharing … depth of experience and knowledgeable people available … easy to get help … mentoring … hands-on training … focus on self development and professional attitude”.
With over 30 years in the plumbing industry, our team is fully equipped to apply the most up-todate knowledge, techniques and technology to deliver better solutions. We are justifiably proud of our team and many have won Awards of Excellence during apprenticeships and post trade qualifications.
Every effort is made to train, encourage, motivate and reward staff for total commitment to best practice and quality service. We promote and assist our team to further their career and trade qualifications; to move with the new technologies, methods and materials becoming available to our industry.
Smith Brothers Plumbing has a long & successful history of employing apprentices. We are a major host employer of apprentice plumbers in South Australia, with an intake of 5-10 per year.
Within our administration stream we offer traineeships. Traineeships work in a similar way to apprenticeships. The trainee and employer sign a contract to undertake formal work-based training arrangements providing an opportunity for the trainee to develop job skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification.
“As challenging as the present labour shortage in plumbing may be, the story does not end there. Looking into the near future, there will be an even greater demand for plumbing services. The present labour shortage and future demand for plumbers has raised this issue to national importance.”
The core business of Smith Brothers is plumbing. Qualified plumbers and apprentices make up 80% of our workforce which is currently over 150 employees including 30 apprentices. Our business goals and objectives pertain to delivering the best plumbing and pipeline service in Australia.
Our training plan is highly focused and aligned with this goal. Smith Brothers Plumbing is structured to quickly adapt to new methods, technologies and market conditions. We forward plan to ensure we have qualified and experienced plumbers and a constant flow of apprentices learning the trade. We do this through our policy of employing full time permanent tradespeople to provide a continuous skills development for both apprentices and tradespeople.
We are firmly committed to environmentally sustainable plumbing methods and products. We provide water audits and promote water and energy saving solutions.
Through providing excellent training practices, we help the industry; we raise the level and set benchmarks. Due to our diversity, we offer apprentices a wide range of experience and mentors.
Many of our apprentices win awards of excellence during their apprenticeships. Many who began their career as apprentices with us now run the company as Division Managers, Project Managers, Site Managers and Estimators.
When we have recruitment need, the first place we look is inside. Many who began their career as apprentices with Smith Brothers now run the company as Division Managers, Project Managers, Site Managers and Estimators.
Every effort is made to train, encourage, motivate and reward staff for total commitment to quality service. We promote and assist our team to further their career and trade qualifications; to move with the new technologies and materials becoming available to our industry.
Smith Brothers Plumbing has a long & successful history of employing apprentices. Traineeships work in much the same way. Our apprentices are selected from the TAFE Prevocational Training program and have the opportunity to gain experience either within the construction industry in major or small contracts or within the Service division.
We encourage and support individuals to commit to and grow through experience and education. Managers are encouraged to attend Conferences and Expos both interstate and overseas to keep abreast of new technologies and products. Managers also sit on various boards and committees pertinent to the industry or community
We have an extensive apprenticeship program where apprentices make up 30% of our trade employees. Our apprentices are selected from the TAFE Prevocational Training program. Apprentices have the opportunity to gain experience either within the construction industry in major or small contracts or within the Service division. Both offer different aspects according to work preferences.
A person who prefers personal interaction with customers and to self manage may prefer to specialise in service plumbing and the growing interest in sustainable energy and water saving products and services whereas another person may prefer to be part of a large team on a construction site like the Adelaide Airport and aspire to one day be a Project Manager for a $5m plumbing project
Once you commence an apprenticeship, apprentices spend eight weeks per year at TAFE in nationally accredited training, then are rotated and supervised throughout the company to ensure you have maximum exposure to different aspects of the trade, and to access and learn from the experience of different supervisors. It is in our interest to ensure that by the end of your apprenticeship, you are qualified to manage your work and be ready to take up extra training for promotion within the company.
During your apprenticeship, we arrange additional accredited training specific to the work you are doing and according to our policies and safety requirements e.g. Green Card, First Aid, WHS, Asbestos training, Scissor lift operation. You are encouraged to extend your qualifications to include Gas Licence, Class B Electrical, Backflow prevention, and Contractors Licence (Master Plumber) during your apprenticeship time. Self motivated study is rewarded with a tiered wages structure for extra qualifications.
To commence an apprenticeship with Smith Brothers Plumbing, you must have completed Certificate 1 in Vocational Education (Prevocational) Plumbing.
If you have not yet completed this, there may be the opportunity to do work experience.
If you have completed or are currently doing your Certificate 1 in Vocational Education (Prevocational) Plumbing at Regency Park TAFE, please forward a simple resume and phone for an interview.
We employ apprentices as a host employer in partnership with a GTO (Group Training Organisation). We recruit and employ the largest number of plumbing apprentices in South Australia, aiming for twenty new apprentices each year. Due to our diversity, we offer apprentices a wide range of experience and mentors in both trade and business practices.
Many of our apprentices win awards of excellence during their apprenticeships. Many who began their career as apprentices with Smith Brothers now run the company as Division Managers, Project Managers, Site Managers and Estimators. Through our recent integration into an Australian/NZ group of companies, our employees now also have the advantage of expanded career opportunities.
Based in Adelaide, Smith Brothers Group is South Australia’s major Plumbing and Pipeline Contracting business with over 150 employees and operating Construction, Maintenance/Hot Water and Pipeline Technology divisions.
We are firmly committed to investing in our future economy through investment in our people; the training of apprentices; excellence in qualified and competent plumbing practices; and in research and development of new innovations and solutions.
We offer the opportunity of work experience so you can try it out first before making a decision on your future career. Work experience can be done in either the Construction division or the Service division.
If you are at school or TAFE, there are work experience programs which will assist you and arrange insurance. If you are unemployed, contact a GTO (Group Training Scheme) and they may be able to assist with the insurance.
To be considered as eligible for a Contract of Training (apprenticeship) with a GTO (Group Training Scheme), you need to have completed Certificate 1 in Vocational Education (Prevocational) Plumbing at Regency Park TAFE.
The Prevocational course is for 6 months fulltime, and the aim is to enable students to improve their chances of employment or to qualify for an apprenticeship.
You must have completed Year 11(SACE STAGE 1) or equivalent to do this course. Knowledge of Mathematics, Science and English is preferred. Courses leading to a Certificate in Vocational Education are useful pre-requisites for employment as a trade trainee and for trade training.
Modules for specialised areas in plumbing, leading to Certificates of Proficiency, are available at the Regency Institute of TAFE
If you would like more information on a plumbing career:
http://www.tafesa.edu.au/campuses/metro/regency – information on both the Prevocational & Certificate 111 in plumbing (apprenticeship)
Entry to the plumbing trades is through completion of a 4 year contract of training, followed by application to the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs for registration to work in the Plumbing Industry.
We offer the opportunity of work experience so you can try it out first before making a decision on your future career. We have formed partnerships with schools to offer work experience to more than 100 students each year within the Service and Construction divisions.
All work placements must have personal insurance cover, provided by the school or training body or yourself.
1. The first part of the process is to find the person in your school who manages Work Experience placements. They will have the information and application forms. Complete the forms yourself and post/fax to us.
2. Once we receive the form, we will contact you. Ensure you have clearly shown your telephone contact details.
3. You will be interviewed on the phone. We will be assessing your attitude and suitability to do work experience with us. Be polite and forthcoming with information when requested.
4. If you are considered suitable, you will be given information about when your work experience will commence; where to report for work and at what time. You will have explained to you what is expected of you and what you will need to wear to work. Take careful note of what you are told.
5. If there is any doubt as to your suitability, you will not be accepted. It is not a given that you will be taken on just because you have applied. It will be dependant on our operational demands and your suitability. If there is any doubt that you will not take this opportunity seriously, you will not be taken on as it could compromise our employees’ safety.
6. Be punctual when your placement commences. Ensure you are clean and neatly dressed, that you are wearing the appropriate work wear as explained. Listen carefully to your supervisor. If you do not understand a request, then ask. Think carefully about safety. You are in a workplace. Think about your appearance and attitude.
7. If you do not comply with our workplace rules especially safety once you commence work experience, you will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to complete your placement.