‘you also serve the country at large’
Lukas is a young, energetic plumber at Polka Plumbing who completed his studies at the Valombola Vocational Training Centre in Ongwediva in order to do what he likes best. He considers his job as crucial as people need these services on a daily basis. He shared his views on the importance of his job with Namibian Sun.
What does a plumber do?
Plumbers do various jobs, but mostly we are responsible for fixing things like water pipes, toilets, geysers and also undo blockages in business buildings and houses. There are also other many water related jobs that we do such as on sewerage systems and many others.
Briefly describe your normal day at work
We get to the office at around 7:00. We then clock in our cards and after that we check with the boss what jobs are lined up for the day. Sometimes we continue on the previous day’s jobs, but when we get new tasks, we go to the site. After completing a specific job, we inform the office over the radio that we are done. If there is another job, we go there. We also go to the shops to purchase equipment in case we have to replace something.
What personality skills do you need for this type of job?
You must have self confidence and be committed with each job you do. Reliability and good interpersonal skills are also required as you are constantly working with clients.
What are the major challenges in your job?
The challenges are tough jobs that we sometimes have to carry out and in that regard you need extra people - we sometimes make use of casual workers. Sometimes we must do some digging to get to underground pipes and that requires a lot of strength. But generally we don’t have many other challenges as we are committed to tackle each job as it comes.
What tools or equipment do you use on a daily basis?
We use water pump pliers, jig-saws, spanners, shovels and hammers.
Is your job rewarding?
Yes, I find satisfaction from finishing each job flawlessly. It is also rewarding because of the fact that our boss and the clients are happy.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I am thinking of opening up my own business, but I must first gain enough knowledge and experience to do that. Although I can fix virtually anything and can take on any task, I think I still have a lot to learn. There is nothing better than learning something new every day.
Would you recommend this job to anyone?
I think it is important for young people to consider this profession because you don’t only help repairing things in your household; you also serve big businesses and ultimately the country at large. It will also be good for the young people to do that as we will not rely on people from foreign countries to come and do what we can ourselves.