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Residential VS Commercial Plumber Career: 6 Main Differences

Sep 1, 2022 9:55:53 AM

The difference between residential and commercial plumbing is always a hot topic for debate—after all, pipes are pipes, right? Well, not exactly.

While it's true that commercial and residential work do share certain attributes, there are key elements that set these work environments apart for plumbers.

In this post, we look at some of those elements, as well as the distinct challenges plumbers face in residential versus commercial settings. Here are six differences between these two plumber career paths.

Pre-apprenticeship Plumber Training: 8 Things to Know Before You Begin

Sep 20, 2019 2:52:43 PM

Pre-apprenticeship plumber students hard at work at Herzing College in Toronto 

Updated November 2022

Thinking about becoming a plumber and looking into pre-apprenticeship programs? Like most skilled tradespeople right now, plumbers are in demand—so it’s a smart career choice. 

But there are a few key things to know before you jump into a training course. Like what’s involved in getting certified as a plumber, how long will it take, and exactly what is the point of pre-apprenticeship plumber training. 

Meet Steve Dramnitzke: Your Guide to Plumbing Pre-apprenticeship Training

Aug 29, 2019 12:45:55 PM

 

Plumber instructor, Steve Dramnitzke at the Herzing College Cambridge Campus

Steve Dramnitzke is one of the most respected instructors at Herzing Trades (formerly known as the PAT Institute).

His extensive experience as a plumber, and proven abilities as a teacher, give students in his plumber program that extra “edge” after graduation.

We interviewed Steve to learn more about his background, and get an inside look at how he runs his classroom.

Top 9 Myths About Becoming a Plumber: Should You Go For It?

Jun 5, 2019 12:02:48 PM
 Plumbing students pose for a photo at Herzing College Skilled Trades

Updated November 2022

We love busting myths about the skilled trades—and plumbing myths are some of the worst out there!

If you're even considering becoming a plumber, getting accurate information on training, careers, and the field in general is crucial. You need this info to make an informed decision about your future.

How to Become a Plumber in Ontario: Your First 5 Steps

Apr 20, 2019 12:57:15 PM
 Photo: Plumbing students hard at work at Herzing College (2019)

Updated April 2022

Plumbers are respected, well-paid tradespeople. Everyone knows we rely heavily on skilled plumbers for basic survival needs (clean drinking water), and a wide range of daily conveniences (dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, showers, etc.)

This is one of most popular trades careers out there. Thinking about becoming a plumber, and wondering what's involved in training, certification, and launching your career?

Here are your first five steps to get the ball rolling.

Top 10 Plumber Skills List: What You'll Need to Succeed in This Trade

Jan 17, 2019 9:15:58 AM

Plumber students in class at Herzing College Toronto (2019)

Updated June, 2021.

So, you're thinking of becoming a plumber. What's drawing you to this trade? Maybe it's the fact that we rely so completely on water services, that good plumbers are always in demand.

Or, maybe you're particularly interested in the world of plumbing fixtures, water system design, and all the new technology coming up in this field.

Whatever your motivation, your first step is to consider the steps involved in plumber training, and the skills you'll need to build a successful career.

And that's exactly what we're covering in this post. This is our master list of essential plumbing skills.

Take a look, get a preview of what you'll learn in training, and the 10 key competencies every plumber needs to succeed.

Plumber Training: 10 Safety Tips Every New Student Should Know

Dec 20, 2018 11:45:09 AM
Plumber students at Herzing College in Toronto, Ontario

Why Plumber Training is Such a Smart Career Move

Oct 22, 2018 1:21:20 PM

Updated October 2022

No doubt, you've heard that demand for skilled tradespeople is on the rise in Canada. If you're thinking about a career change, or looking for a path to follow after high school, trades training makes a lot of sense.

But which trade?

There is a long list of occupations to choose from—everything from carpenter, welder, and auto mechanic, to steamfitter, powerline technician, brick and stone mason...and, of course, plumber!

Here's our list of very good reasons why plumber training is a smart career move and an excellent investment in your future.

What's the Advantage of a Combined Plumber + Gas Technician Program?

Mar 28, 2018 3:40:55 PM

In today's competitive job market, having expertise in a secondary trade can really increase your job options.

Building a diverse skillset makes you eligible for a much wider range of employment opportunities, giving you better chances for finding which career path works best for you.

This is why combined trades training could be your best choice at pre-apprenticeship college.

Top 5 Reasons to Start Plumber Training this Year

Feb 19, 2018 11:45:16 AM
Plumbing students pose for a photo at Herzing College Skilled Trades 

Updated October 2022

Been considering taking plumber training for a while, and wondering if this is the year you should take the leap?

Beginning a new career path is challenging for many people, especially if it involves going back to school. Will the effort be worth it? Will the investment in plumber training pay off with reliable, rewarding work after graduation?

These are some of the questions we tackle in this post, as we break down what we consider the top five reasons to seize the day and start a plumber program this year.

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