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I was field supervisor for a company that hired top of the class students from the trade school here, yes they had the fundamentals down, but give them a 40 year old toilet and they couldn't rebuild it, same with other spects of repair plumbing.
There is no better way then to learn in the field when it comes to repair plumbing. Yes, school for codes and general knowledge, there is code class here, takes 2 semesters.
I wouldn't waste 4 years in trade school for repair plumbing.
My plumbing mentor was trained basically three times over! He took a 6 month program like you're going to do, started up as an apprentice with a local plumbing outfit and was trained there on the job for almost four years. He then joined the union and was told that since he had enough hours to take the journeyman test he would be able to do that and get his license. That turned out to be a lie lol and he had to go through their five year program.
I can't offer any advice but I thought that story kind of fit the thread :-)
the one that is out here, la trade tech is a 2 year program.
the union is a 5 year apprenticeship.
when i went back in 81 it was a 4 year program 2 times a week at night for 3 hours. and that's just the plumbing side. heating and cooling was another program/ 4 years.
as i understand it now, it's every other week, full 8 hours for 5 years. of course the 5 years is also a full 5 years in the field with a journeyman and on the job training.
It fascinates me Rick when you talk of a union apprenticeship what does that mean, when I did my apprenticeship here in Melbourne Australia, I had to find a plumber to hire me first, I then we went to the apprenticeship board a government agency and the three of us signed the indenture papers which in my case was a five year apprenticeship (five years of slavery) one day a fortnight at trade school and two nights a week for four years. The uions here were and still have the worker and the boss mentality and never the trains will meet.
Good evening everyone. Like AFM I did my apprenticeship in Melbourne and can I say Iwas extremely lucky that I had real teachers. Unfortunately our Governement is pushing an agenda at present saying that we are in a skill shortage crisis. Hello, what about the rest of the world????
Anyhow good reading how you guys got your qualifications. Also it is interesting to read how Plumbing is protected in America. Seems someone appreciates tradesmen