So you want to be a Plumber?

Finding a career out of high school is both intimidating and challenging. Something that will have job security and pay well is always a smart choice. One of these careers that people always need is a plumber. It is something that everyone will at some point need to hire because most of us are not adept at the trade ourselves. So, if you want to become a plumber, just what is it that you need to do?

First off, there are a number of states in the country that require a plumber to have some kind of license. This is a bit vague and doesn’t have some of the same rules such as becoming a lawyer or a doctor. While requirements for plumbers vary from state to state, most professional plumbers have done a few important steps before going after their license. These steps can include; working for a minimum of two years of experience in the field, although five is preferred, must be able to pass a plumbing exam that measures their aptitude for the trade, and they should have a good working knowledge of the plumbing codes in the municipality they intend to work in. These are important things to know before looking for a job in plumbing.

Addison Green
Addison Green

Essentially, there are two main types of plumbers: the Journeyman plumber, and the Master plumber. A Journeyman is plumber who as finished an apprenticeship or training program and has the skills to work for a Master plumber. A Master plumber on the other hand, is a plumber that has taken and passed an examination given by the state or city in which he or she is working. With a passing grade, they will receive a Master Plumbers license. Master Plumbers are authorized to be an employer or contractor, and can then teach and employ journeyman plumbers.

Plumbers are hired for a number of different tasks that only they can complete, such as; the installation or repair of water, waste disposal, drainage, and gas systems in buildings and/or the installation of appliances (hot water heaters, dishwashers, and plumbing fixtures).

Addison Green is the owner of Green Plumbing in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up around the plumbing business thanks to his father and he later inherited the family business. He is a certified Master plumber and has the added bonus of having a degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University.