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
A high school diploma and on-the-job training
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
Median wages in Arkansas
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.
START YOUR TRAINING
|Arkansas Construction Education Foundation|
|National Park College|
READY TO HIRE YOU
|McKee Foods Corporation|
|Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates|
"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 CareerOneStop.org