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Breaking the Mold: Women in the Plumbing Industry

Breaking the Mold: Women in the Plumbing Industry

The plumbing industry has traditionally been seen as a man's world—a rough and dirty job suited for those who can skillfully work with their hands and traverse the complexities hidden behind the walls of our homes. Yet, as we progress in an era that champions progress and inclusivity, the gender gap within the plumbing profession is slowly being bridged. Young women today set new standards and shatter stereotypes, confidently wading into what was once considered a male-dominated field.

Industry Evolution and Innovation

The influx of women into the plumbing industry is not just a social milestone but also fostering innovation and evolution. Diverse perspectives bring new solutions to old problems and the integration of cutting-edge technology into traditional practices.

The Essential Guide to Becoming a Plumber

Pursuing a Plumber's Apprenticeship

One of the most common routes to becoming a plumber is through an apprenticeship. An apprenticeship provides hands-on training and classroom instruction, typically lasting four to five years. These programs are often offered through plumbing unions, local businesses, or vocational schools. During the apprenticeship, you will work full-time under the guidance of experienced plumbers, learning the ropes while earning a salary that typically increases as you gain more experience.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

To practice as a plumber, you must meet specific educational requirements and obtain a license. This usually involves completing a few hours in a plumbing program and passing an exam. Most aspiring plumbers enroll in trade schools or community colleges to earn an associate degree or certification in plumbing. These programs cover essential topics such as local plumbing codes, safety, and advanced techniques.

Gaining Hands-On Experience in Plumbing

Experience is the real teacher in the field of plumbing. Take every opportunity during your apprenticeship to learn from the various scenarios you encounter. Work on as many different projects as possible to broaden your experience. Don't be afraid to ask questions and seek advice from seasoned plumbers; that's how the best in the business learn their craft.

Resources for Aspiring Plumbers

To assist you on your plumbing career path, here are some valuable resources:

  • Local trade schools and community colleges: Offer plumbing programs and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • Plumbing unions and trade organizations: Provide aspiring plumbers support, training, and networking opportunities.
  • Online courses and certifications: A convenient way to supplement your education and training.
  • Books and study guides: Essential references for learning about plumbing techniques, tools, and codes.
  • Experienced professionals: Seek mentorship from established plumbers who can offer guidance and advice.
  • Industry news and publications: Stay informed about the latest advancements and changes in the plumbing industry.

Why consider becoming a plumber?

The US will be short 550,000 plumbers by 2027, an opportunity for women to gain access to a strong career that pays great wages!!!

Written by; Dr. Jacqueline Lang, MBA, MPA, MSED

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of others.

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