MEET THE PRO: Jesus Sidon, Plumber

By Arkansas NEXT on Friday, September 25, 2020

Jesus Sidon

Hometown: Springdale
Age: 25
Where I trained: NorthWest Arkansas Community College mechanical school
What I earned: Apprenticeship
Job title: Plumber
Employer: Kimbel Mechanical Systems in Fayetteville

Jesus learned about Kimbel Mechanical Systems through his friend, Tyler Lawell. Tyler wrote Jesus a referral, which is a big deal within the hiring process at Kimbel. Jesus was enrolled in the Kimbel Plumbing school with just a high school diploma, which allowed him to work and attend the school during the day. Class is offered at night, once a week for two years.

“[I] wake up ready to hurdle the day’s challenge and go to bed with future goals in sight,” Jesus says.

After the courses are completed and on-the-job experience is sufficient, Jesus can qualify for the journeyman plumbing test. Becoming a journeyman includes a pay raise and more responsibility, but the opportunities don’t stop there.

A journeyman can also pursue a master plumber’s license and become a superintendent, or be placed in leadership roles with a higher salary and more responsibility.

“Personally, I had my high school diploma. I did not have any additional schooling to get hired on with Kimbel. I was hired by Kimbel and then they enrolled me in their plumbing school.”

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.


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 infrastructures such as walls or ceilings to make room for the pipes and fixtures

Education Needed

A high school diploma and on-the-job training

Job Outlook

expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas

average annual job openings in Arkansas

jobs in Arkansas by 2026

 High-end earners in Arkansas (top 10%) make
$62,390 Annually
 Median wages in Arkansas
$42,400 Annually
$20.38 Hourly

This option is for you if:

You’re a quick and efficient problem solver.
You’re willing to work until the job is done.
You manage your time well.
You’re reliable and honest.
You're friendly and a team player.


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"You don’t have to go to college to succeed; I went from being a dump truck driver to plumbing with very little knowledge in the industry. You do not have to go to college to have a successful career." –Jesus

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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