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From Residential to Commercial, Plumbers Are at the Heart of It All
No one really thinks about the plumbing — until something goes wrong. That’s when a plumbing technician becomes a superhero. Whether it’s for residential, commercial, or industrial properties, plumbers are there to install, maintain, and repair water and piping systems, including installing fixtures and appliances, repairing broken equipment, and more. It’s a profession that is in consistent demand all over the United States.
Plumbers and plumbing technicians are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the vast network of water pipes and other piping systems that crisscross all over the country, connecting businesses and homes to clean water and waste disposal. So many of us take the advancement of indoor plumbing for granted, but it is vital to helping us maintain comfort and sanitation in the U.S. Plumbers range from apprentice to journeyman to master-level positions. Some specialize as pipefitters and steamfitters, installing and maintaining pipes that carry chemicals, acids, and gases in commercial, manufacturing, and industrial settings.
As a plumbing technician, your daily tasks will include things like:
If you’re interested in working as a plumber, a great first step is to get formal training through an accredited program like the Plumbing Technician program offered at Summit College. While California does not require you to take these programs in order to get started as a technician, your education credits can significantly cut down on the amount of field experience you’ll need in order to get your plumber contractor license. A program like ours will cover both the theoretical and technical skills you will need on the job, utilizing hands-on training guided by real, experienced industry professionals.
On top of that, plumbing technicians need to be:
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The demand for trained plumbing technicians is on the rise and expected to continue to grow. According to California Employment Trends*, jobs for plumbers and pipefitters in the state are expected to grow by 13% — almost three times the national average for all occupations — through 2030.
Everywhere you find pipes and plumbing systems, you’ll find job opportunities for trained and qualified technicians. When you graduate, you can look for opportunities with:
The fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete, and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.
Becoming a plumbing technician means you could have great long-term job prospects and a career you can feel good about that has you interacting with all kinds of people from all walks of life. And Summit College can help you get the training and skills you need. We’ve been doing it since 1991 — it’s practically in our DNA. We believe we’re in this together with every student, you’ll get all the support and encouragement you need every step of the way, even after graduation.
Summit College’s Plumbing Technician program can be completed in just 8 months. That’s well under a year from the time you enroll, to the moment you graduate and get started working and earning in your new career field.
Once you’ve successfully completed your Plumbing Technician training, you’ll be ready to pursue entry-level opportunities as plumbing technicians. At the beginning, you may be working as a journeyman plumber until you can sit for your C-36 Plumbing Contractor licensure through the Contractors State Licensure Board. Becoming a plumbing contractor allows you to take on bigger, higher-paying jobs, including:
Summit has a dedicated Career Services department that can help you with preparing your resume, practicing for interviews, and finding potential job openings. You can also register with CalJOBS if you’re interested in posting your resume online for interested employers.