Trying to get into the field

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by adamp, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. adamp

    adamp New Member

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    Hi all,

    I have been trying for awhile now to get into the plumbing field. I've had no luck, and I'm just looking for feedback to see if there is something I'm missing or if this is just a case of not enough work to go around.

    I have a very keen interest in plumbing. To that end, I have studied it both in a classroom setting and on my own. I read multiple plumbing books and articles in my free time. I do my own plumbing work at home and as much as is available on my job (I currently work in building maintenance). I've soldered copper, made pvc and pex connections, replaced faucets, toilets, undersink drain piping, etc. Obviously, I would be an apprentice, but I'm also not a complete beginner. At the very least, I hope people can see my sincere interest in the field.

    When contacting plumbing contractors, I have even offered to work for minimum wage just to get started in the field professionally so that I can work towards getting a license. No one is interested.

    I'm 28 years old. I have no criminal record. I can provide references. I have no restrictions on my driver's license. I have no problem getting my hands dirty. What am I missing?

    I would appreciate any help or insight from the professional plumbers out there.

    Thanks!
  2. Tom Sawyer

    Tom Sawyer In the Trades

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    You need to get hired by a master plumber and complete the apprenticeship
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Since I moved away, I understand that Illinois has eliminated the "Master plumber" category.
  4. DavidSeon

    DavidSeon New Member

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    Maybe you were the last one.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    No, bercause you only needed the Master license to own your own company, and I had enough experience running one for someone else, that I NEVER wanted to go that route. Conditions in Phoenix forced me to do it however.
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