Choosing a Career in the Plumbing Trade

For those who love working with their hands and seeing their ideas come to life, the time has never been better to join the trade and become a commercial plumber.

Check out this video on why the plumbing trade might be the right choice for you.

Skilled Trade Jobs Are in Demand

Right now, the skilled trade industry is experiencing a labor shortage, leaving many companies without qualified workers. Now’s the perfect time to consider exploring plumbing as your next career move. Unlike career paths outside of the trade, a commercial plumbing career gives you an opportunity to graduate from a skilled trade program with job security and little to no student debt.

Why Commercial Plumbing?

There are so many career paths within the commercial plumbing trade. Once you have a journeyman’s license, you can be a commercial plumbing contractor, superintendent, inspector, plumbing engineer, mechanical contractor — you can even own your own company. It’s all up to you.

You may be perfectly suited for a commercial plumbing career if you:

  • Like to work carefully and thoughtfully. Your reputation in plumbing relies on your attention to detail, especially when it comes to safety and craftsmanship.
  • Want to see tangible results from your work. In some cases, commercial plumbing professionals can walk down the street and point to buildings they’ve helped design and engineer plumbing systems for. They take pride in the fact that they are a part of something bigger than themselves — their work affects nearly everyone’s lives.
  • See yourself as a leader — or become one. Once you become a journey-level contractor, you can begin supervising a team as a foreman or project manager. After becoming a master plumber, you can explore options for starting your own business.
  • Aren’t afraid of multitasking. On a job site, you’ll be responsible for creating safe, reliable plumbing systems, which involves managing many projects at once. Though stressful at times, your job will never be dull.
  • Constantly look for ways to level up. Continuing education is a must for success in the plumbing industry. You need to stay up to date on things such as plumbing techniques, industry trends and building codes and standards. Join professional trade organizations, attend trade shows and seek out plumbing certifications to help distinguish yourself from others in your field.