How To Become a Plumber

If you own a home then your plumber is probably your best friend.  A plumber is responsible for repairing and replacing gas, water, and sewer lines in your home or at your place of business.

If you are looking for a high-paying job that's always in demand, then you may want to consider becoming a plumber. Here is how to start your exciting new career.

The first step is to take some courses in high school that will help you prepare for this line of work.  These would include math, science, and shop.  Your guidance counselor can be a good source of information on additional classes that will best benefit you. The internet is also a great tool to utilize.  It is also a good idea to shadow a licensed plumber for a day, or a week.  This way, you can get a better idea of what the job will really be like.

Next, decide if you would like to attend a trade school.  This is a great step to take, because most schools offer job placement programs after graduation.  Attending school also looks great on your resume, and this will lead to a higher paying job.  If this is not an option you choose to explore, then it's time to become a plumber's apprentice.  This apprenticeship will generally last from four to five years.  During this time you will be exposed to all aspects of the job, and you will generally earn about half of what you will earn when you become a full fledged plumber.

After several years of apprenticeship, it is time to become a licensed plumber.  There are several tests you will have to study for and take.  The final test you are required to take will cost a fee.  If you don't pass it the first time, then it's time to hit the books again!  You will be allowed to take the test again in six months.  After you pass the final test, your last step is to find steady employment.

Good luck.  Keep in mind that this work can also be very physically taxing, and you may not always be working under the best conditions.  If you are squeamish this probably isn't a line of work you will want to explore.  Remember, you won't just be fixing faucets and leaky pipes - lots of plumbers have to deal with sewage lines and crawl spaces.  If you can stomach the distasteful parts, and are physically fit enough to handle the heavy lifting and elbow grease that's often required, you will probably find plumbing a rewarding career.


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