What Is A Plumber?

A plumber is defined as a tradesperson that fits and repairs water pipes.  The reality is much more complex. To be a plumber requires knowledge of building codes, an ability to read blueprints, knowledge of pipe and construction materials, and safety training.


Why Should I Become A Plumber?

Plumbing is a fulfilling career that allows one to combine knowledge and innovation with the ability to create and build with your hands. It also offers tremendous benefits and career potential.


What Training Is Required?

While many career paths require years of schooling and lots of money, in the field of plumbing you will be trained while on the job – and while making money. Not only will you begin to earn while you are at the apprentice level, you won’t go into debt for student loans because Midwestern Mechanical covers the cost of your training.   


How Secure Is A Plumbing Career?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2022, the industry will need approximately 138,200 new plumbers and HVAC technicians. Plumbing is one of the fastest-growing jobs in this country. Plumbing services will always be in demand, plumbers are not at risk of losing their jobs to machines, and plumbing jobs cannot be outsourced for cheaper labor overseas.


How Can I Become A Plumber?

Get your high school diploma or GED. A plumber needs a foundation in math, science and computers. If offered, you may also want to take classes in drafting and blueprint reading. Attend MWM Apprentice Classes to receive the most comprehensive training on how to be a plumber.  The Apprentice Program is a four year program.   Apprentice classes are held two Fridays a month during regular school months (summers off). Get licensed. Most states and/or cities require that you have a plumber’s license.


What Skills Do I Need To Be A Plumber?

Successful plumbers usually have solid math and problem-solving skills and a high mechanical aptitude.


What Level Of Education Do I Need To Become A Plumber?

A high school diploma or GED equivalent is the entry-level education required to be a plumber.  


How Can I Get Trained To Be A Plumber?

Training is offered on-the-job and through Apprenticeship classes.  Journeyman plumbers also get training through Continuing Education classes each year.  Midwestern Mechanical covers the costs of apprenticeship training and many continuing education classes.


How long is a plumbing apprenticeship?

A plumbing apprenticeship is four years.  It involves on-the-job training and apprenticeship classes.


Do I Need A License To Be A Plumber?

You must be licensed as an Apprentice Plumber in the states and/or cities you work in.  Once a Journeyman Plumber, you must stay current with your licensing in the states and/or cities you work in.


Can plumbers earn additional certification?

High performing plumbers have many other certification opportunities in the plumbing profession.  Plumbers can also get certified in medical gas, backflow prevention, safety, welding, equipment operators and much more.


What Are The Personal Requirements Needed To Be A Plumbers?

Plumbers typically enjoy practical work and have good eye-hand coordination. They must also be able to work independently, cope with physical demands of the job, and have good interpersonal skills and mobility.

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