California Plumbing Trade Schools
If you don't believe that there's a shortage of qualified plumbers in California, try getting one on a busy weekend! According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the demand for technically trained plumbers in the nation far outstrips the supply of trade school grads. That's why job prospects are excellent and why you should consider getting your vocational education at a technical school in California.
The BLS reports that employers are having trouble finding qualified candidates for plumbing and pipefitting businesses, and that many qualified workers in the trade are expected to retire over the next few years.
According to BLS statistics, only one in 10 plumbers is self-employed. More than half work for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning companies. The result: plumbers are continually needed to maintain and repair both business and residential buildings, to work on new or modified construction projects, and to staff trade positions at power plants, factories, office buildings, oil fields, sewers and gas utilities.
Vocational school plumbing programs in California
California residents interested in the industry will find an ample number of technical schools that offer qualifying programs for novice plumbers. Contact the schools to look over their programs. You want one that offers vocational education in water and gas pipe systems, blue-print evaluation, heating and A/C systems, venting and waste systems, and comprehensive diagnosis and repair of blockages and leaks.
You'll also want hands-on instruction in industry tools and materials. Many vocational schools include classes in math, business practices, and computers--all useful in the trade.
California plumbing trade information
Apprentice plumbers typically are hired into the trade at about half the wage offered to experienced workers. But salaries rise quickly for those who demonstrate solid skills on the job. The BLS reports that in 2004, the median wage for the 561,000 plumbers and pipefitters across the nation was $19.85 an hour.
The intermediate level in the trade, for a plumber with a minimum of two years' experience, rises to $39,814 to $67,554 a year. Considering the shortfall of qualified applicants in the profession, now is a great time to consider enrolling in a plumbing vocational or technical school program in California.