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  • FAQs

    • What Are the Personal Requirements Needed to Be a Plumber?
      Plumbers typically enjoy practical work and have good eye-hand coordination. They must also be able to work independently, cope with the physical demands of the job, and have good interpersonal skills and mobility.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • How Long Is a Plumbing Apprenticeship?

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

    • 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, Inc. covers the costs of apprenticeship training and many continuing education classes.

    • 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.

    • What Skills Do I Need to be a Plumber?

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

    • 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 Midwestern Mechanical, Inc. Apprentice Classes to receive the most comprehensive training on how to be a plumber. The Apprentice Program is a four-year program with classes held two Fridays a month during regular school months (summers off). Once you are done with all your training and classes, you receive your license. Most states and/or cities require that you have a plumber’s license.

    • 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.

    • 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, but you also won’t go into debt for student loans because Midwestern Mechanical, Inc. covers the cost of your 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 Is a Plumber?

      A plumber is 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.