How to be a Plumber
If you are interested in a career as a plumber you should explore all types of plumbing related fields. There is a big difference in working as a union plumber and working as a private plumber. If you become a union plumber it will take a decent resume to get accepted into an apprenticeship program and once you are accepted it takes 4 years to complete and 2,000 hours at which point you can test to become a journeyman plumber. Working in the union you can expect to receive industry leading pay and benefits. The hardest part about making it as a union plumber is being accepted into the apprenticeship program.
If you would prefer more of a relaxed setting or would like to run your own plumbing company at some point you may find that a non-union shop is a better fit. There are three main types of plumbing work including service, residential, and commercial. Service plumbing usually involves taking service calls from homeowners that are experiencing trouble with their plumbing system. This requires a large amount of knowledge as well as a fully stocked truck that carries various parts. A service plumber may also be required to do drain cleaning as part of their routine. However, some plumbing companies stay away from drain cleaning as it can be a very competitive market as it does not require a license.
Residential plumbing work is relatively simple when compared to commercial and service work. Getting into residential new construction is going to be tough due to the market being so slow. Commercial work however is still going strong. Commercial plumbing is one of the more desirable types of plumbing work that is available. Getting on with a good commercial plumbing contractor is a great way to get a feel for what the plumbing industry is like. If you are considering getting into the plumbing field, consider getting on as a helper for one of your local plumbing companies.