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Now Is a Great Time to Start Your Plumbing or HVAC Career

If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that life can be unpredictable. 

That’s why it’s so important to choose a career that will always be in demand, instead of a job that could disappear with the next recession. 

The plumbing and HVAC industry offers all that and more. At Lorenz Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, our paid apprenticeship program lets you start making money while you train. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to increase your earnings as your skill level grows.

We encourage all interested candidates to apply right away by calling us at 417-863-1122. In the meantime, here are some important things to know about an exciting career as a plumber or HVAC service technician and installer.

What Makes Plumbing & HVAC a Great Career?

Look at it this way: 

Everyone needs the services of a qualified plumber from time to time, and HVAC technicians will always be needed to keep our homes and businesses comfortable. Not only are plumbing and HVAC recession-proof careers, they are also automation-proof. As heating, cooling and plumbing systems become more integrated with smart home technology, skilled technicians will be needed to ensure proper installation and maintenance. 

  • Immediate benefits: In addition to long-term job security, plumbing and HVAC offer many other advantages. A paid apprenticeship enables you to start making money right away, as you quickly build the skills you’ll need for a successful career
  • Opportunities for advancement: As noted above, the more experience you gain, the greater your earning potential. Plumbers can earn more as they move up the ladder from apprentice to journeyman to master plumber. HVAC technicians enjoy similar promotion opportunities. 
  • Freedom: In plumbing and HVAC, you’re not stuck behind a desk all day. You’ll spend lots of time with co-workers and interacting with customers in their homes and businesses. Successful technicians possess an entrepreneurial mindset and good independent decision-making skills. 
  • Benefit customers and the environment: As a plumber or HVAC technician, you’ll be helping customers save money by keeping water and energy systems running more efficiently. You’ll also be helping us all enjoy a cleaner environment. 
  • Great pay and benefits: Salaries are competitive, and your earnings go up as you gain experience. At Lorenz, our technicians also enjoy 401(k) retirement plans, health insurance, disability insurance, a great work environment and other excellent benefits.

What Do Plumbing & HVAC Technicians Do?

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In addition to installation, maintenance and repairs, plumbers and HVAC technicians must practice good customer service and attention to detail. Mechanical skills, physical stamina and good time management habits are other important qualities. 

Plumbers perform a variety of tasks to keep things flowing smoothly in our homes and businesses.

  • Installation of new plumbing systems and fixtures for both residential and commercial new construction. 
  • Maintain existing plumbing systems in homes and businesses to ensure safe, efficient and proper operation.
  • Troubleshoot issues and determine the best plan of action and communicate that with the customer
  • Repair and replace portions of the plumbing system including drainage, water and gas piping and fixtures including sinks, showers, tubs, toilets and water heaters. 
  • Maintain detailed records of work performed for each customer. 

HVAC technicians also perform a variety of roles to help customers maintain efficient heating and cooling systems:

  • Installation of new HVAC systems for both residential and commercial new construction.  
  • Maintain existing HVAC systems in homes and businesses to ensure safe, efficient and proper operation. 
  • Troubleshoot issues and determine the best plan of action and communicate that with the customer. 
  • Repair and replace portions of the HVAC system including ductwork, drains, refrigerant piping, exhaust piping and equipment. 
  • Maintain detailed records of work performed for each customer.

What Does It Take to Succeed in Plumbing & HVAC?

In addition to mastering the basic skills, there are many important qualities that will help you succeed in this or any industry.

At Lorenz, we find that independent, self-motivated individuals perform best. We also look for creative thinkers who know how to adapt to the various situations you’ll encounter along the way. 

Here are a few other characteristics that will put you on the path to success: 

  • Self-supervising and time-management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Dexterity
  • Mechanical skills
  • Physical skills
  • Troubleshooting and critical thinking skills

To apply for an apprenticeship at Lorenz, you must be 18 or older. Candidates must pass a basic background check and a pre-employment drug screen. You must have a valid Missouri drivers’ license with a good record and have a clean, professional appearance. 

If you’re ready to begin an exciting career in plumbing or HVAC, we’re ready to hear from you. Drop us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 417-863-1122 to apply today.