Pursuing a career as a plumber can be a stable choice if you like to work with your hands. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation is expected to grow 16% between 2016-2026, which is faster than the average industry growth rate. At this rate, more than 75,000 new jobs are expected to be in demand, which is good news for apprentices. A licensed professional plumber is one of the highest paid occupations in the construction industry.
Though many households turn to plumbers when a pipe bursts in the basement or under the kitchen sink, plumbers have a wide variety of other roles and responsibilities—residential work is just one aspect of the job. Plumbers play an important role during the construction of new commercial buildings, creating the blueprints, installing pipe systems, and even securing fixtures.
Here is our guide on how to become a plumber:
Though each state has different requirements and laws on how to earn a plumbing license, most states require 4 to 5 years of apprenticeship experience. Once the apprenticeship is completed, the plumber will be considered a journey worker, during which time they can complete projects on their own. To earn “master status” in New Jersey, an exam must be passed after the age of 21.
Enrolling in the Plumber Apprenticeship program at Eastwick College gives you a head start in your plumbing career, as graduates are prepared to enter the NJPHCC’s apprenticeship program as second-year apprentices. The duration of the program is 9 months if taken during the day, and 18 months if taken at night. During the apprenticeship, students will train in how to install and maintain drains, vents, waste, hot water and radiant heating systems while being OSHA compliant. Successful completion of this program at Eastwick College qualifies graduates for OSHA 10 and Aerial Lift Certification along with eligibility to enter the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (NAPHCC) second-year apprentice program.
Learn more about how Eastwick College’s Plumber Apprenticeship program can assist you on your way to becoming a plumber.