It's no secret that the plumbing industry workforce is aging while the demand for skilled workers continues to grow. How are industry organizations and individual contractors working to solve this challenge? We talked to Texans about what avenues of entry to the plumbing there are in the Lone Star State.
As in the past, there is the path of total on-the-job training, says Alicia Dover, executive director of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors - Texas. She says a newly-hired apprentice works under the supervision of a master plumber. Hours are logged and, upon completion of 4,000 hours, a tradesman license can be obtained; upon completion of 8,000 hours, a journeyman's license may be acquired. Further hours logged in are required to obtain a master's license. The labor unions offer five-year apprenticeship programs, a combination of on-the-job training and formal training.