After doing a number of different jobs, Michael Tomlinson waited until his 30s to take on a plumbing apprenticeship at a more mature age and has never looked back. A few years of valuable experience working for other plumbers paved the way for Michael to go out on his own when he and his wife (and superstar Office Manager) Karen, swapped the city for the coastal town of Torquay to begin Tomlinson Plumbing.
Who are you?
What sort of work do you do?
Maintenance plumbing and gasfitting for residential and industrial, specialising in Type A appliance servicing, back flow and TMV installation and testing.
How long have you been in business?
Over 17 years.
What got you into the industry?
I’d always wanted to do a trade and an old boss of mine from years ago was a plumber, but working in a different field, and he always talked about his plumbing days, which got me interested.
What do you enjoy most about being a plumber and being part of the plumbing industry?
I enjoy how diverse it is, the ongoing training and development we undertake and the people we meet.
Do you have any great achievements or stories about plumbing that you’d like to share?
I love getting involved more broadly in the industry and being a voice for small businesses like mine, by participating in various committees and sitting on the board at the Master Plumbers.
I also really enjoy encouraging apprentices and seeing them develop their skills so I have volunteered as a judge for the Apprentice Skills Competition which is held at PICAC Brunswick on World Plumbing Day (March 11) each year.
What’s your best bit of plumbing/business advice?
Work hard on your business as well as in your business. Slow down and focus. Make sure you keep your skills and knowledge current by continually training and developing.