If you are thinking about starting a plumbing business or becoming a plumber, read on…
There are many career paths. And being a plumber is one of them. While plumbing doesn’t require years of training, certain skills are essential to becoming a competent and successful plumber. The common route to a career in plumbing is through completing an apprenticeship though there are schools offering certificate programs entailing classroom and practical work. The curriculum of these Certificate programs is centered on technical skills with additional courses related to communication and math in an attempt to produce an all-round professional. To succeed in this industry, the following skills are crucial.
Plumbing involves a lot of manual work, and as such, physical expertise is a must. These include the ability to hold steady when using tools, coordination of both hands and ability to use the fingers to control small objects useful in the line of work. Additionally, a plumber should have good vision to enable him/her to identify leakages and other problems when at the scene. A plumber should maintain peak physical fitness as climbing, heavy lifting, and working in harsh conditions such as cramped spaces and high temperatures is routine.
As mentioned earlier, some level of knowledge- acquired through apprenticeship or classroom training- is required to succeed. In the field, a plumber is often required to take accurate measurements, therefore, basic math especially geometry is required. Communication skills is another aspect a plumber is needed to brush up on as plumbing involves speaking to clients. How well a plumber relates with people is key to improving chances of finding work.
Also, knowledge of plumbing tools and methods is a must because the last thing you want is to show up at the plumbing scene and look as clueless as the client. For example if you are replacing a garbage disposal and you recommend a poor quality disposal vs something like the I-8000 from Waste King, then the customer is going to know that you don’t know your stuff and probably won’t hire you. And depending on the complexity of the work, a plumber is required to read and interpret blueprints to know how and where to lay pipes and other equipment. If you want to be a plumber working in different towns or states, it is important to familiarize yourself with local codes which apply to various jobs for compliance.
While acquired knowledge is evidently important, it is no substitute for logic and reason. A plumber should be able to identify and solve problems using reason and logic by analyzing alternatives and deciding on the best solution for every problem. In the field, a plumber is often faced with same situations which require different solutions depending on other aspects such as points of extreme pressure in the pipes among others. Good judgment and decision making should be second nature for a plumber.
When it comes to personal attributes, plumbing is no different to office jobs. Personal characteristics such as dependability, organization, detail-oriented, courtesy, and problem solving are invaluable. Due to the nature of the jobs, plumbers are at more risk of injury. Therefore, a plumber should be safety-conscious and aim to complete the task at hand in the safest way possible. It is also worth noting that plumbing work rarely comes as advertised, in that, clients often underestimate the amount of work required to fix even the smallest of leaks. Thus, persistence is a must in this line of work.
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