From coast to coast, contractors are faced with an incredible challenge: a growing shortage of skilled plumbers. And while demand for their services is rising, many workers are hanging up their wrenches and settling happily into retirement. One organization on the West Coast has devoted itself to doing something about it.
Work Ready from PHCC
The Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino chapter of the national Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association, or PHCC, wants to change young adult’s perception of the plumbing and HVAC trades. PHCC’s intensive 40-hour, one-week course prepares recruits for joining the trade workforce, giving them a realistic idea of what the industry entails.
Because of the shortage of skilled workers, there are plenty of well-paying positions and strong career prospects for men and women alike. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median pay for 2015 was just over $24 per hour, or nearly $51,000 per year for plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.
Basic Training for a Career in Plumbing
Our program takes place in Anaheim. Class size is small, 10 to 15 students, so that more individual attention is available. From safety issues to professionalism, classroom work and practical demonstrations cover all aspects of what it takes to work in the plumbing field:
Topics covered include basic employability skills and an introduction to materials, fittings, pipes, and hand and power tools.
Basic safety skills cover safe placement of ladders, gloves and eye goggles. There’s a primer on grounding and special attention is paid to working in confined spaces.
“Construction math” helps recruits learn to correctly read tape measures, do basic measurements, and break down a job’s components into an invoice.
Videos cover the history of plumbing and case studies of actual jobs in residential and business settings. Familiarity with the Universal Plumbing Codes is emphasized with an eye towards ensuring recruits are seen as true professional plumbers.
Building a Plumber
Plumbers provide important, value-added services, enhancing the quality of buildings and homes in the communities they live in. Programs like the Work Ready one are a perfect way for contractors to find out if a new employee has what it takes, without putting them through an in-house orientation. In effect, they get to “build a plumber” who can do a professional job in a qualified manner. To learn more, contact PHCC today.