By Mark J. Rozeman The story of how a software engineer became a plumber is a familiar one for many: They learn how to do plumbing and install a meter.
In the process, they learn how not to do things the way they do them.
But, according to the Chicago Plumbers and Pipefitters Guild, plumbing is no easy task.
They’re looking for help.
The guild says its working to educate the public about the dangers of plumbing and other hazardous tasks.
We’re doing this because we want people to be aware of these hazards, and to have the resources they need to avoid them.
“The plumber was a young guy who was doing the same job for two years, and he was not doing a great job,” says the guild’s president, Chris R. O’Brien.
“He had some pretty serious health issues, and when he came to the hospital, he was actually a bedridden and he had respiratory problems.
So we wanted to make sure that the community got the information so that if he had to go to the emergency room, he’d have the right equipment and the right treatment, and so that he could be a safe plumber.”
For the past five years, the guild has been looking for a plumbers education video.
The video, called “Don’t Plumber, Learn,” is aimed at anyone who wants to become a plumbler.
The goal is to give plumbers the tools they need and the training they need so they can avoid becoming a plummer.
“We are looking for plumbers that are not only knowledgeable about the profession, but that are willing to go out and do the job properly,” says O’Briens.
“In our industry, the majority of plumbers are plumbers because they’re good plumbers, and we need people who are willing and able to learn the skills necessary to be safe, to be a plump plumber and a plumbing inspector.”
It’s a big challenge, he says, because there are only so many plumbers out there.
“If you look at the numbers, you know there are maybe 2.7 million plumbers working in the United States,” he says.
“So it is a lot of people that need to be educated.”
To help with the education effort, the group created an app called Plumber Safety.
It’s available on the Apple app store and Google Play.
The app, which uses the same interface as PlumberSafety, features the company’s slogan, “Learn to be an excellent plumber, plumber inspector and plumber engineer.”
It also includes videos, step-by-step tutorials and tips on plumber health and safety.
PlumberHealth, for example, shows how to use the device to test your plumbing, the most common cause of injury, and how to identify plumbing problems.
“When we talk about the plumber as an individual, they are often the most misunderstood part of our profession,” says co-founder and CEO Michael A. McElroy.
“They’re the ones that are the least educated, they’re the most overlooked, and they are the ones who can have the biggest impact on our health.”
McElros is a certified plumber with more than 20 years of experience, and since the app launched, his company has seen more than 500,000 downloads.
He says he wants to make the app accessible to everyone, and has launched an online fundraising campaign to help pay for the cost of producing and distributing the app.
Plumbing Inspector, Plumbing Safety and Plumbing Health are the only apps on the App Store that feature the guilds motto.
The apps are available for free.
“There are not many plumber apps that feature our motto,” McElroys says.
For now, the app is available in the U.S. only.
For more information, visit the plumbers guild website at plumbersguild.org.