Did you know that the Department of Labor projects that pumbers will be one of the highest growing career fields between now and 2020? Because the job is going to be in such high demand, it may be the career for you if you're deciding on a new career or a career change!
Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you're thinking of becoming a plumber!
1. Common Sense - Do you have it?
When you're a plumber, common sense is key. You have to think outside the box. All factors must be taken into account in all plumbing situations. Is the leak you're dealing with the only one or are there multiples? Did you remember to shut off the water supply before pulling the toilet or the sink? Anytime all factors aren't taken into consideration, the work done could easily not be up to par or be a minimal fix for a very short time.
2. Are you fit?
This is basically a requirement. We aren't talking that you have to be in bodybuilder or "cover of a magazine" fit shape. It's a requirement that plumbers crouch down under sink, lifting heavy water heaters, pulling well pumps, etc. These all take strength and sometimes agility. Many situations cause plumbers to push their extra limits on a daily basis. To ensure that their chances of injury are minimal, plumbers should be in good physical shape.
3. Are You Mechanically Inclined?
Do you like to figure out how things work? Do you think outside of the box when trying to solve problems? Do you enjoy troubleshooting?
Every day, plumbers are faced with situations where how they were taught, doesn't apply. What if you arrive at a customer's home and there is no room to move around their water heater? They must understand the ins and outs of each system that they work on when they're assessing the job they have to do.
4. Can You Talk to People?
This is another requirement. Whether you're doing new construction on a commercial jobsite or repairs at a customer's home - you'll need to be able to talk to your customers.
You'll need to be ready to explain any issues that the customer might not know of, let them know the steps of the repair or even how the job is coming along according to the timeline set. If it's a new installation, you may need to explain how to use the equipment you've just put in.
5. Are You Dedicated to Your Work and Career?
Dedication is key. When you say you're going to be somewhere at 10am, you need to stand by your word and be there at 10am. Your customers depened on you to be reliable because a job that might be simple for you to take care of, could easily be something that they think is going to take forever or include a ton of work. It's your job to ensure that they know you are going to take care of them and especially with a smile.
If after reading this you think being a plumber might be right for you, check our site HERE to find out if we have any openings.