Out of all of the things in the world that you could be, were willing to bet that one of professions that is probably not on the top of your list is becoming a plumber.
Yet, you might just be surprised by all of the benefits that come along with being one. Not only do plumbers earn a great salary and have an amazing benefits package, but they also receive paid training, have solid job security and are able to move up pretty quickly within their field.
If this is something that has piqued your interest, and you’d like a few tips on what you can do in order to become a successful commercial plumber within your area, we have enclosed five helpful suggestions below:
A good ACT score. Although some people might be surprised to hear that plumbing requires a thorough education, the truth of the matter is that its actually a highly-competitive field. So much in fact that in order to get an apprenticeship (which we will get into in just a moment), you need a pretty good ACT score. So aside from a high school diploma, its important that your ACT results are pretty impressive too.
Some vocational plumbing classes. You don’t technically need a college degree in order to become a plumber (although it certainly couldn’t hurt to have one). What is required, however, is that you take some vocational classes either at a local college or through a technical program. Although you could take these while you’re in the process of your apprenticeship, we advise that you actually sign up for a couple of courses beforehand.
Apply for an apprenticeship. Something that is absolutely essential for all plumbers is that they participate in an apprenticeship. This consists of committing 4-5 years of learning in order to get the amount of hands-on experience that is required.
Of course, how much time that you need varies based on the state that you live in so before applying for one, we recommend that you do some research in this particular area. Do also keep in mind that in many states, plumbers are required to complete 144 classroom hours, have a clean driving record and no criminal history.
To find the ones that are available where you live, we recommend going to your favorite search engine and putting apprenticeship programs along with your city and state inside of the search field.
Take the Journeyman Plumber Exam. One thing that all of the plumbing schools will tell you is that even after you’ve gotten the education that you need, in order to work as a commercial plumber, you’re also going to need to take what is known as the Journeyman’s Plumber Exam.
In order to do so, you’ll need to complete your states required classroom hours, get a signed affidavit from the master plumber signifying that you completed your apprenticeship with and you’ll also be required to register to take the exam. Once you pass the exam, you are considered to be a certified plumber, although it is highly advised that you also prepare to get your master plumber certification too.
Apply for jobs. Once you have all of these things in place, you are now ready to apply for plumbing jobs. Our recommendation is that you first contact the company that you did your apprenticeship with because they might be open to hiring you full-time or they can connect you with other possibilities.
You can also go on popular job search engines like Career Builder and Indeed to see what plumbing opportunities are available as well.