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5 Life Skills You Acquire as an Apprentice Plumber

Posted on: August 12, 2014

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the plumbing profession is expected to grow by approximately 21 percent by 2022, making this an attractive option for those seeking a sound trade in which to work. A plumbing professional who has been well-trained during time in an apprenticeship is able to move forward not only with important technical skills specific to the trade but also with many crucial life skills. An apprentice plumber will spend time focused on many aspects of the profession under the guidance of expert instructors, benefiting from their many years of experience in both their craft and in their business activities. As individuals complete formal training, they can step into professional positions as plumbers with confidence that carries into personal areas as well.

Understanding the Importance of A Job Well Done

Three important life skills that are enhanced during an apprenticeship include work ethic, attention to detail, and independence. An apprentice plumber must learn to be persistent even when a situation is difficult. A major aspect of the plumbing profession is focused on problem solving, and a good work ethic is necessary to persist when a solution requires long hours or uncomfortable positioning. This skill carries into any area of an individual’s life as a don’t-quit approach enables that person to endure when the going gets tough.

Attention to detail is crucial because skipped steps or incomplete work can lead to further problems for a customer on a job. An apprentice learns in a guided setting so that important details are viewed and copied. Eventually, the transition is made to allow for independent completion of these same tasks. These same life skills are applicable in any job or endeavor. Details matter, and an ability to work independently allows an individual to demonstrate responsibility.

Understanding the Importance of Professional Relationships

Two additional life skills learned during a plumbing apprenticeship include accountability and professionalism. Both involve fellow workers as well as customers. As an individual works as part of a business or team, it is important that he is accountable to superiors for the work completed. An individual who is dependable as he is sent out to work can carry this sense of duty into any profession or personal relationship. Additionally, acting like a professional is important for earning the respect of colleagues and customers. During an apprenticeship, a student is able to learn about proper interaction both in the field and in the office. Polite and honest conversation is equally beneficial in the work environment and in personal life. As a professional, these skills can be important for growing a business by earning a positive reputation.

Preparing for a Successful Career

If you have considered the possibility of a job in the plumbing profession, an apprenticeship is a critical first step. Illinois Plumbing Consultants is dedicated to preparing you in all areas of the profession so that you are ready to pass certification exams and move into a satisfying career. Additionally, our expert instruction provides you with these five life skills as you contribute on a personal level to the Chicagoland area. Contact us for registration information today.

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John Bertram

John Bertram has been in the plumbing industry since 1985. He has worked in both commercial and residential shops for over twenty years, and John has been a plumbing inspector since 2005.

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Rick Sperando has been in the plumbing industry for over 35 years. He successfully owns and operates a local plumbing and mechanical company as well as IPC.

Scott Underwood

Scott Underwood brings over 20 years of industry experience along with 10 years of instruction. He currently holds his IL Plumbers License as well as his CCCDI license. Scott is currently a co-owner of a successful plumbing company in McHenry County.

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My duties as the City of McHenry plumbing inspector include plan review of all new plumbing work as well remodeling projects, inspection of all plumbing being installed or repaired in the City as well as the Village of Prairie Grove, property maintenance issues related to the State Plumbing Code, working with the County Health Dept.

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