February 1, 2023

Nick Santmyer of Davken Mechanical, Virginia Seashore, Virginia, has been named the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—Nationwide Affiliation (PHCC) 2022 Plumbing Apprentice of the 12 months. Co-sponsored through PHCC Government Sponsor Delta Tap, the award acknowledges the exceptional talent and achievements of people who are enrolled in a plumbing coaching program. It was once offered ultimate week at PHCCCONNECT2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Santmyer, who just lately graduated from Norfolk Technical Heart in Virginia, is an “thought man,” says Tony Bertolino, plumbing trainer at Norfolk Technical Heart (and PHCC’s 2021 Plumbing Teacher of the 12 months). “From day one [in my class], he was once an inquisitive and insightful plumber, steadily staying after magnificence to speak extra concerning the trades and lend a hand me pick out the room again up for the day time scholars,” he provides. “Nick’s enthusiasm for plumbing has most effective grown since then.”

VA Apprentice of the 12 months

Nominated through PHCC of Virginia, Santmyer is described as being versatile and a professional and embracing alternatives to problem-solve. Previous this 12 months, he positioned 2d in Virginia’s Plumbing Apprentice Pageant and was once named PHCC of Virginia’s Plumbing Apprentice of the 12 months.

Years in the past, Santmyer was once hired as a chippie/framer ahead of shifting to France to boost his youngsters. When he and his spouse made up our minds to transport again to Virginia Seashore, he sought after to pursue a role that he felt assured he would really like. In 1998, he discovered a role with a plumbing corporate in Virginia Seashore and loved it such a lot, that he by no means regarded again.

Nowadays, Santmyer’s employers word that his perspective, his integrity on the process, and his technical skill lend a hand him to supply a just right, wholesome, motivating environment the place other people need to supply their perfect. He’s designated as the worker entrusted to coach newly employed helpers and apprentices.

Drawback Solver

Santmyer has received revel in in quite a lot of settings, “bringing with him no matter he has realized and finishing the process with wisdom and sensible revel in.” Up to now, Santmyer has labored in each current and new business/residential plumbing and has finished jobs in a lot of amenities, together with hospitals, faculties, shipyards, eating places, and lodges.

Says Bertolino of Santmyer: “He isn’t afraid to suggest one thing for worry he might be unsuitable. Repeatedly he comes up with answers to issues myself or different scholars had been speaking about. This earns him an excessive amount of appreciate from his fellow classmates. … He’s going to at all times stay one of the crucial necessary other people I’ve ever taught.”