I'm interested in a career in plumbing but unsure how to go about
becoming a plumber. If I go to the local tech school and get a
plumbing degree am I likely to find work as an apprentice? Ive
been told that attending a trade school is my best approach because
my background is in computers, not anything construction related.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
I made the switch from computers to plumbing and did not
attend any trade school. I started as an apprentice and did
all sorts of different things. I learned much more much faster
than people who went to trade schools. It was the same in
computers. People would come out of computer trade schools
and they didn't know shiet.
My advice to you is to find some old fart who will take you on.
The old guys still know how to take pride and do a good job.
They have the wisdom to know great short cuts and they will
be able to teach you about everything. There are so many things
a school can't teach and so many projects you will only see in the real
If you can find a med size place or large place that takes on some
big $$ jobs that is neat too becfause you get to see some more high
also you are going to need to know something about heating and gas
if you want to really be well rounded.
In most states, I assume, there's an apprentice school requirement to get
a journeyman's card. It's there that the pipefitting math will be taught.
Speaking of that, I've never been able to get that "60 degree ell for the
rolling offset on a wye" formula to work without having to cut the pipe
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