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Ibraheem

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Hi there guys here is a quick question to those who have been in the plumbing and gas industry with years of experience.

How did you guys learn your trade and become confident to do it on your own?

I am asking this question because i really do want to become a good plumber and heating engineer. Im only 19 and i have done my theory side in plumbing and gas. Also i worked for last 2 years as a work experience with different plumbers. But all they made me do is shadow them and just pass them tools here and there and not given me a chance to do much work on practical side?

is there any advice you can give me thanks
 

king of pipes

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The only way to learn the practical skills is by actually doing the job there is so much to take in understanding how systems work and repairing them takes years , its not all about plumbing and heating skills either you will need to have carpentry, building , tiling , and basic electrical skills to , i think another important thing is communication be friendly treat your customers with respect and work cleanly invest in dust sheets , a quality Hoover and always clean up after yourself don't be afraid to ask you will make mistakes and have the odd mishap but that is how you learn and become a better tradesman. Best of luck Kop
 

DuncanM

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Time and getting your hands dirty. Readimg installation manuals. Making the mistakes we have all made and learn from them. I am still learning and do not think I or anyone will ever know it all. Always work safe and to the best of your ability. Do not let people down. Charge the going rate.
 

Rob Foster

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Hi there guys here is a quick question to those who have been in the plumbing and gas industry with years of experience.

How did you guys learn your trade and become confident to do it on your own?

I am asking this question because i really do want to become a good plumber and heating engineer. Im only 19 and i have done my theory side in plumbing and gas. Also i worked for last 2 years as a work experience with different plumbers. But all they made me do is shadow them and just pass them tools here and there and not given me a chance to do much work on practical side?

is there any advice you can give me thanks
Get yourself a driving licence, get yourself a van, start doing small jobs, get things right make mistakes AND learn.
You could even do,two jobs I did, shift work and worked for myself as well . Rob Foster aka centralheatking
 

WC1

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All of the above. I did small jobs for friends and family for free, a good way to see different systems and see how things work. (obviously without breaking any rules (Gas Regs, G3 etc).
 

Lewis Lawson

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I am also a traine. I’m currently about to start my gas training I have plumbing expirence and looking for some advice for going the gas industry thanks

Regards lewis
 

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