3 Steps to Launching a Successful Plumber Career

Close-up Of Male Plumber Fixing Sink In Bathroom
Close-up Of Male Plumber Fixing Sink In Bathroom

Plumbers are always in-demand because they provide a service that people can’t go without. As long as there are sinks, toilets, washing machines, sprinkler systems, water pipes, water heaters and more that need fixing or installing, there will be a need for plumbers. Plumbers also work with blueprints and designs, and are able to open walls and floors to accommodate pipes and pipe fittings, making them invaluable to the construction world.

Since plumbers are in high demand, it’s no surprise that so many people want to become professionals in the field. However, sometimes breaking into the industry can be tricky. If you’re considering becoming a plumber, read on to learn some of the steps you can take to help you along your path towards a successful plumbing career.

1. Start By Choosing the Right Plumber Training Program

Taking the time to select a solid plumber training program can be one of the most important steps toward launching a successful plumbing career. Remember that when it’s time to do your apprenticeship, plumbers choose apprentices who have a well-rounded skill set, so make sure that you look for a program that offers as much hands-on training as it does theory instruction.

For example, the plumbing program offered at Pre-Apprenticeship Training Institute (PAT) covers more than just basic plumbing installation and repair methods. In fact, PAT teaches its students about plumbing safety practices, blueprint reading, building codes and more. Therefore, you will graduate with a new set of skills and you’ll also be fully prepared to enter the workforce.

2. Decide Which Path You’d Like To Take After Your Plumber Training

When most people imagine what it’s like to become a plumber, they picture working in residential homes, helping home owners with leaks, clogs and flooding. Although that’s one possible option, there are actually several paths you can take when you start your plumbing career.

Plumbers are needed wherever there are pipes that carry water. This means that after graduation, you’ll have the option to work with sprinkler systems, swimming pools, sewage systems, and more. Some plumbers specialize in installing piping systems for large businesses, while others can have lucrative careers doing plumbing maintenance for apartment buildings. Having an idea of where you want your plumbing training to take you will help you get the most out of your education, and help you make the decision of where you want to do your apprenticeship.

3. Complete an Apprenticeship to Start your Plumbing Career

Once you have the proper training and an idea of what you’d like to do with it, you can find the right place to start your apprenticeship. In Canada, plumbers require a certain amount of hours on the job before they can become fully certified. As an apprentice plumber, you’ll spend the majority of your time shadowing an experienced plumber, assisting them on a variety of jobs to help you get a feel for the business.

Completing hours as an apprentice takes time and patience, but it’s paid work and will provide you with the hands-on experience you need to become fully certified. As a fully-licensed plumber, you will have the options of working for a commercial plumbing company, or perhaps opening your very own business, where you can one day take on apprentices of your own!

Kick-off your plumber career by enrolling in a pre-apprenticeship program that’ll prepare you for the industry.

Visit PAT for program details, or to speak with an experienced advisor today.


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