Growing up as a young scholar had my mind occupied with many thoughts of what I wanted to do after school. The thought of landing myself a career full of manual work did not ring a bell in my mind.
All I admired was to land an office job and deal with the simple paperwork. Soon, this thought started fading away on discovering how difficult it could be to land an office job.
Furthermore, I realized that many careers that involve lots of manual work, such as plumbing, reward handsomely. More to that, I could easily train for the same on a flexible schedule without having to be at school all day.
With plumbing as my career, I actually realized that I could maximize my job prospects by operating in the booming construction industry. After successfully training as a plumber, I could get to choose the specific area that I could work in such as:
- In small firms or companies that specialize in residential plumbing.
- In large firms that deal with large buildings and industrial site plumbing.
- Sourcing jobs from other cities.
- Operating my own plumbing company
Acquire plumbing skills through part time schooling
It would certainly take several years to school on a part time basis for me to qualify as a plumber. I know that learning to be a good plumber requires a lot of hard work and dedication. This would be so in order to keep up with the rapidly developing technology. Depending on the learning program I choose, I could be a qualified plumber in one or three years.
A certificate program would take me 1 year. However, it would focus more on the basics of plumbing. An Associate’s degree program would be a bit longer, most likely takes 2 years. It however includes the basics and more theory in a wider variety of topics so as to give a broader understanding in the field of plumbing.
Mostly, these plumbing courses or programs aim at S/NVQ Level 2/3 qualification and are normally offered by training providers, mostly referred to as technical colleges. Throughout my learning course, I get to study many topics depending on the specific program I am interested in. These topics include:
- Safety regulations.
- Plumbing theory.
- Plumbing code of operation.
- Principles of Backflow.
- Connecting materials and Types of piping.
- Heating systems.
- System installation and connections for water, waste, drainage and gas systems.
- Residential and/or industrial fixture and appliance installation.
- Tools used in plumbing.
- Interpretation and creation of plans and blueprints.
- Project estimation by material estimation and costing.
Undertake a plumbing apprenticeship
This is the most important part of learning a plumbing career fully. I will need to work for a contractor for up to 2,000 hours per year in order to be a qualified plumber. Once I acquire skills on choosing the right materials, fittings and pipes, the only process left for me is to get certification as a plumber by obtaining a licence. Additional certification may also be necessary if I wish to work on advanced plumbing courses such as working on gas lines. With the above qualifications, I can be sure to land a rewarding job as a plumber in any company, anytime.