Drain Layer Jobs

How to Enter

One of the most effective ways of becoming a Drain Layer in New Zealand, is to complete an apprenticeship and obtain a National Certificate (Level 4) in drain laying which can take two years. After that, you will need to be registered with the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drain Layers Board and hold a practising licence.


The personal requirements of a Drain Layer can include the following:

  • Has a great attention to detail
  • Great communicator
  • Organised
  • Great problem-solver
  • Can work as part of a team or independently


Typical Responsibilities

The typical job responsibilities of a Drain Layer could include any of the following:

  • Measuring, cutting, joining and sealing drains
  • Laying and replacing under and above-ground drains
  • Acquiring consent to work from council where required



Once experienced, Drain Layers can often become qualified and then move into management roles and train apprentices. With further training, Drain Layers can also work towards becoming a Plumber or Fitter.


Salary Range

30K – 72K per annum (NZD)


To view our latest Drain Layer jobs throughout New Zealand, click here.


Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955




Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427