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How Do I Become a Plumbing Trainee?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Cracking into the plumbing field takes a bit of preparation and a lot of training. In order to become a plumbing trainee, you will need to start honing your skills early by learning basic to moderate math skills as well as basic communications skills. The best way to do this is to earn a high school diploma, which may actually be required for many jobs. Once you finish high school, you will need to seek out companies or labor unions that will offer training to help you become a plumbing trainee.

In some cases, becoming a trainee means preparing for an apprenticeship; in other instances, you become a plumbing trainee when you become an apprentice. In the former case, you will essentially undergo basic training that will prepare you for a lengthy apprenticeship. In the latter case, your training actually is the apprenticeship. An apprenticeship position can last anywhere from one to five years, and during this time, you will work with a journeyman plumber who will teach you all the skills you will need to become a plumber yourself. To become a plumbing trainee, consult a local labor union or plumbing company to inquire about the various qualifications, if any, that you will need to secure a position.

Pipe fittings.
Pipe fittings.

It helps to write a resume if you want to become a plumbing trainee, even if you do not have much experience or training. Writing a resume not only outlines your skills and qualifications, but also shows employers you are serious about pursuing a career and are organized enough to follow through. You can build your resume by taking part in training programs offered by high schools or vocational schools, or by gaining work experience at retail establishments, construction companies, plumbing companies, or other businesses that hire entry-level workers. While some of these jobs may not pertain directly to plumbing, they will show potential employers you have developed a solid work ethic and are willing to work hard to achieve goals.

Plumber unions often run apprenticeship and training programs.
Plumber unions often run apprenticeship and training programs.

Depending on the region in which you live, you may need to join a labor union in order to become a plumbing trainee. This can usually be done once you are accepted to an apprenticeship program. Be ready to pay union dues and adhere to the union's by-laws. You should also be ready to take advantage of the benefits of being in a union, such as the availability of training and apprenticeship programs.

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      The best plumbing training programs will offer students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience.