ÿThe Plumbing Apprentice : How They Think
This Article Will Focus On ÿThe Plumbing Apprentice and how heÿthinks. It is my intention to offer some useful insights to all Journeymen in all of the construction trades and all owners of small construction companies. ?If you know the answers, the questions will not bother you? Randalism
Plumbing Apprentices are one of my favorite groups of construction workers because they provide a never-ending supply of good clean humor. For the record, I have a deep respect and sincerely appreciate all apprentices everywhere for they are the men and women who continually replenish the supply of skilled Journeymen and are vital members of the greatest industry on earth.
After becoming a Journeyman Plumber, I spent several wonderful years in the trades as a construction worker and later as a contractor. Therefore, these observations are from first-hand experience. Overall, I have fond memories of the good times spent on a variety of residential and commercial job sites.
Over the next ten years, I paid my dues to the trade by mentoring several apprentices and most of them went on to become phenomenal Journeymen and enjoyed long and profitable careers.
The information presented here are from journals and notebooks of my own experiences as an apprentice and my observations of the behavioral traits of construction workers, contractors, engineers, architects and other people who are involved in construction.
#1 Freshman Plumbing Apprentice
I don?t know that I don?t know anything about plumbing so I will listen and learn for a little while until I decide the Journeyman Plumber teaching
me is stupid.
Apprentices start from the beginning
#2 Sophomore Plumbing Apprentice
Now I know that I don?t know anything about plumbing, but I know a lot more than the dumb Journeyman Plumber who is supposed to be training me. He is obviously slow and stupid because he will stare at the plans and isometric drawings for a long time before making a decision. Why can?t we just get to work and get the job done?
I know plumbing well enough now that I can do it if I concentrate and stare at the plans and isometric drawings long enough I can begin to see the entire layout in my mind. I was wrong to think the Journeyman Plumber who is teaching me is an idiot when in fact I am the idiot.
All construction apprentice programs have one thing in common; The Four Levels Of Learning
#4 Senior Plumbing Apprentice
I know plumbing well enough to do it in my sleep and I really wish I had not been so impatient with the Journeyman Plumber who cared enough about the trade and me to take me on as his apprentice
Being an Plumbing Apprentice is an interesting journey. I refer to it as a phenomenon where otherwise intelligent men and women regress into a