Tywone Cotton : American Plumber Stories

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How did you get started in the plumbing trade?

I got started in the trade about two months ago. I was having people come and do the plumbing at my house so I actually met my foreman about a year and a half ago when I was in my wheelchair and decided to after a guy got off a disability from my motorcycle accident to apply to plumbing companies and, I applied to a couple of them had a couple interviews then John and Devynne of Thompson family, plumbing and rooter gave me an opportunity . Before becoming an apprentice plumber, I was a journeyman lineman with the power company out of Texas and about two years back. I had a bad accident 7200 of electricity hit me burn my face and gave me permanent nerve damage but I’ve always been a hard-working construction guy so I tried HVAC, I went to school to become an electrician. I actually taught at a college here in Southern California as an electricians instructor. Then months after got into a bad motorcycle accident where I broke my Fabula and tibia and just started thinking what am I gonna go back to the power company this time die or am I gonna at the age of eight change my career I changed the career and became an apprentice plumber and there’s no back

What do you like most about your work as a plumber?


I’m gonna apprentice so I get the opportunity to ride with some great plumbers and you know be able to sit there and do a lot of hands-on and just you know getting used to the lingo and you know what type of tools we use for plumbing and what type of fittings and different you know Plumbing specific equipment we use and it’s just amazing getting to know the plumbing trade.

What advice do you have for the younger generation entering the plumbing trade?  

Don’t give up stick it out. Stay with it it’s going to get hard it’s going to get smelly you’re gonna wanna quit. It’s hard backbreaking work depending on what type of plumbing you’re doing but it’s very rewarding at the end of the day to see someone smile because they could take a shower. They could flush their toilets, so my advice to the younger generation get into the trades don’t give up they will all panned out and then .

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