Why a Plumber?
Before I begin, let me clarify the title. This is not an article on why you need a plumber that should be self-explanatory. Rather, this is the story of how I became your Whitby Plumber.
My journey started while I was backpacking through New Zealand and Australia. A life long dream had ﬁnally been achieved.
In order to pay for my travels I had to work as I went. In New Zealand it was fruit picking. Apple orchards, vineyards, and Kiwi fruit, with an emphasis on ‘fruit’. A kiwi is a New Zealander, a kiwi fruit you pick and eat, and a kiwi bird will stand in the middle of the road and not move. Probably the reason their numbers are dwindling so quickly.
In Australia I was fortunate enough to get a good paying job as a construction labourer. This would give me my ﬁrst glimpse of the worldwide demand for tradespeople. I worked at various sites soaking up as much knowledge as I could. My thoughts would often drift to what I would do once I came back home. The current and future need for tradespeople across Canada was always at the forefront of these thoughts.
Choosing a career in the trades made sense to me. I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands. While seeing a project ﬁnished at the end of the day or week would give me a sense of accomplishment.
I arrived back in Canada at the end of April and was warmly greeted by a snowstorm. Ah, home sweet home!
Now to get my plumbing apprenticeship started.
This should be easy, right?
How quickly I learned that although there was a demand, companies were not willing to ﬁll this demand by hiring people with little to no skill. I remembered the poster at my high school “You need experience to get a job but you need a job to experience”.
I searched everyday. I cold called pretty much every company in Whitby, Oshawa and surrounding areas. After months of searching my area had expanded to include all of Canada.
Not to be discouraged I enrolled in the Gas Technician III and blueprint reading courses at college. Trying anything to get a leg up on the competition. I let everyone know about my intentions of becoming a plumber. Turns out that was my best move. A close friend found a job opening for an apprentice plumber. I readily applied, and shortly there after I started my apprenticeship. Within 5 years I had completed my apprenticeship and received my Red Seal Certiﬁcation as a Journeyman Plumber. Over the course of the next 5 years I would go onto to work for various companies to gain more knowledge and skill. Always with an eye on the future of one day running my own plumbing company. To further expand my skillset I continually took courses at night or on weekends. Some of these courses include Gas Technician II; Cross Connection Control Specialist (Backﬂow Prevention); Ozone Depletion Prevention (ODP); Globally Harmonized System (WHMIS 2015).
So that brings us to here and now, and the launch of Aaron’s Pluming and Gas. Having settled in Whitby several years ago the time was right to get my business up and running.
Now some of you may be thinking, ‘He hasn’t really answered the question ‘Why A Plumber?’ Well, I’ll give you all the same answer I told my hiring manager over 10 years ago.
“If I became a Welder I might burn myself. As an Electrician I may get a shock. But as a Plumber, if shit hits the fan, ﬁguratively or literally, I can always go home and have a shower”
My name is Aaron Nichols and I look forward to being your Whitby Plumber! Thanks for reading.