July 14, 2015

Why Plumbers Matter

Throughout history, the majority of the world’s skilled labor was developed using the traditional apprenticeship model.

A young apprentice learns their trade on-the-job from a master. After a few years of dedication, the apprentice demonstrates that they are capable of working independently, thus graduating to journeyman. After thousands of hours of service and practice, the journeyman enters the realm of mastery – think of it like a doctorate of the trade – and takes on an apprentice of their own. So the cycle goes.

In modern times, traditional apprenticeships have all but disappeared. Vocational schools, technical schools, and colleges have filled that skilled labor gap.

But for some professions, like service plumbing the apprenticeship model never lost relevance. Vocational studies involving plumbing focus on installation, not repair. The only real way to become a master service plumber is to learn from someone more experienced.

However, a trend has popped up in recent years that threatens the apprenticeship model that has been in place for centuries – the technician. Typically paid on commission, technicians are taught the basics of using service equipment. While trained on-the-job, it is in a less structured way. Some technicians find it tough to break into this type of business, because of the commissioned pay. After all, experienced plumbers have less incentive to take a technician under their wing or teach them the finer points of service plumbing.

All Clear Plumbing doesn’t use the word technician for any of its employees. Instead, the company is focused on the old world apprenticeship model, hiring plumbers and apprentices at various skill levels. The mission is clear: to train the next generation of master plumbers.

We believe the “technician” title is harmful to the industry, and All Clear is fighting back. We are using the traditional apprenticeship model to become the fastest growing plumbing company in our region.