NEXT PROS: Martin Escareno, Plumber

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
“Our company puts a ton of effort into giving us anything from leadership training to effective communication classes which helps us develop and strengthen these skills in order to climb the ladder.” – Martin Escareno

Martin Escareno

Hometown: Springdale | Age: 22 | Where I trained: Four-year plumbing apprenticeship with Kimbel Mechanical Systems | What I earned: On-the-job training | Job title: Apprentice Plumber | Employer: Kimbel Mechanical Systems in Springdale

What does a plumber do?

Plumbers install, maintain and repair water systems in homes and businesses. They install pipes that carry the liquids or gases, and they upgrade and repair existing systems. “We get a real world, hands-on experience,” Martin says. “[I] get the chance to learn how to operate machinery such as an excavator.”

Plumbers enjoy incredibly high job security. Martin’s job will never be outsourced or eliminated, because as long as there are pipes and drains, the world will need plumbers.


• Diagnose malfunctions, determine the materials needed and prepare a cost estimate.

• Install pipes that can carry water, steam, air or waste.

• Ensure that all systems and equipment meets safety standards and building codes.

• Install fixtures like sinks and tanks.

• Resolve plumbing problems.

• Cut into infrastructure such as walls or ceilings to make room for the pipes and fixtures.

"With how big the company is, we have the option to work out of state and travel to different locations while we work."Martin, on why he loves his job

Job Outlook

Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas.

Average annual job openings in Arkansas.

Jobs in Arkansas by 2026.

This option is for you if:
You’re a quick and efficient problem solver.
You’re willing to work until the job is done.
Your time management skills are on point.
You’re reliable and honest.
You’re a team player.
You’re a people person

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$39,940 Annual
$19.20 Hourly


Arkansas Construction Education Foundation
College of the Ouachitas
National Park College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College


CenterPoint Energy
Kimbel Mechanical Systems
L'Oreal Maybelline Co.
McKee Foods Corporation
Simmons Foods, Inc. & Affiliates
Tyson Foods

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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