Becoming a plumber in your Decatur, Alabama Community
Ever watch a plumber work and think you could learn to do that but weren’t sure how to go about it? Well, today, we’re going to talk about how to become a licensed plumber. In 2010, the median pay for a manual worker like a plumber was roughly $47,000, a good $15,000 a year more than other occupational workers. Since 1985, Lamco Plumbing has been meeting and exceeding the needs of our Decatur, AL clients by hiring experienced, professional, and customer-service oriented plumbers. If you would like to become a part of our team but are not yet licensed, here are the steps:
First, you should either have or obtain a high school diploma or GED. If you have not yet completed high school, you should try to take advantage of any vocational programs your school may offer. You should also try to take extra courses in mathematics and physics. If you have already obtained a diploma or GED, you could also enroll in a trade school or college that offers courses in plumbing. These types of programs typically take about 2 years depending on your schedule and course load. A degree like a Plumbing Associate in Science Degree would teach job estimation, layout, installation of piping systems and fixtures, repair of supply and wastewater systems, and drain cleaning techniques. Such a program is designed for those interested in residential, commercial or industrial service. A certification in Construction Plumbing Technology could focus on plumbing for construction and includes courses on gas and electric welding, and backflow prevention devices. You can find more information by looking for community colleges and trade or technical schools in your local area.
Next, you need to be an apprentice under a licensed plumber for 2-5 years. During this time, you will not receive full pay for your work because you are not yet licensed. Once you complete an apprentice program, you can take the exam that tests knowledge of plumbing and local codes. Some states require a separate license to work on gas lines.
Plumbers who meet the requirements can look forward to job growth of 26 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is more than the 14 percent expected for all occupations in all industries, and also greater than the predicted 23 percent for all construction trades. A growing population will require more buildings for living, working and playing, which need facilities installed by plumbers. So, if you like working with your hands, serving your neighbors, and being the best technician you can be, give us a call. We do not advertize apprentice programs; however, you can contact us for more information