Plumbers in high demand in the Black Hills

RAPID CITY S.D. (KOTA TV) - Plumbers are in high demand in Rapid City but there's not nearly enough people wanting to pursue plumbing as a career.

"For years now, we've had people being told that you don't want to do that job, it's not a good job. We'll that's not true. A lot of these jobs are really good jobs. You get to work with your hands, you get to solve complex problems," says Walter Cline the director of plumbing at Western Dakota Tech.

Walter Cline has been in the plumbing business for years, and now teaches at Western Dakota Tech. He says the class sizes are small and lack one thing.

"I'd like to see more women get involved in this. There were stereotypes were everything was big and heavy and you had to be a moose. That's not the case anymore," says Cline.

The common misconception the public may have, is all that plumbing is, is dealing with clogged drains or toilets.

"We're setting the boilers, running the hot water lines, the chilled water lines that we use everyday in our office buildings," says Cline.

The program at Western Dakota Tech is for nine months and Cline says the students who complete and get a certificate, usually have a job waiting for them.