- Create kitchens and bathrooms from scratch, working with clients to design their ideal home
- With further training, like in computer aided design (CAD), move into planning and installation design
- Conditions are likely to be dusty, especially when ripping out existing fittings
As a kitchen and bathroom fitter, you'll be working in a hands-on environment, using craftsmanship skills to build the ideal kitchen or bathroom for your clients.
- Use a range of hand and power tools
- Measure out work areas
- Rip out and dispose of old units and suites
- Mark the location of pipes and cables
- Measure and cut worktops, recesses and joints
- Fit units and appliances
- Tile walls and lay flooring
- Clear away debris at the end of the job
- Follow building regulations to meet health and safety
You could be self-employed, setting your own rates. You'll travel between jobs, and some contracts might involve overnight stays. Conditions may be dusty and physically demanding.
You'll need excellent practical skills; knowledge of maths, building, construction, and manufacturing production and processes; the ability to work well with others, to accept criticism and work well under pressure; design skills and knowledge; thoroughness; and attention to detail.
There are no set requirements; you can apply directly if you have experience and qualifications in a related construction trade like joinery, plumbing, or tiling.
You could take a college course, such as a Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery, Plumbing, or Fitted Interiors.
You could get into this job through an intermediate apprenticeship in fitted interiors, joinery or plumbing.
With experience and progression, you could find work with building companies, design agencies, kitchen and bathroom manufacturers and retailers. You could also set up your own business. With further training, like in computer aided design (CAD), you could move into planning and installation design. In a larger company, you could progress to become a business development manager, area sales coordinator, or project manager leading a team of designers and installers.