Plumbing partners: Father teaches daughter family trade
By Jodi Hersey
Special to The Weekly
Sixteen-year-old Kacey Wellman of Winterport is spending the summer learning how to be a plumber. While others her age are earning money by babysitting, working at fast food restaurants or in grocery stores, Wellman is working alongside her dad at Wellman Plumbing to learn the ins and outs of the family business.
“I put fittings together and prepare pipe to be put together and soldered. I also cut pipe. I clean fittings. I load and reload the van and hand tools to him when he needs then,” explained Kacey.
Coincidently, Kacey’s dad, Mike Wellman, started plumbing when he too was a high school student at Hampden Academy.
“We do plumbing in new homes, wells, well pumps and anything to do with wells. We also do renovations and kitchen and bath remodels,” said Mike. “I’m hoping she’ll take the business over [some day].”
Kacey’s has that same goal in mind which is why she insisted on learning every part of the job from the ground up.
“Mostly I like working with my hands and I wanted to learn the family trade to take over the business when I graduate college. I either want to be a therapist, nurse, or a plumber so if I own the business I think I should know what my employees will be doing,” she explained.
Although this is her first job, Kacey seems to be a natural at it.
“It’s not easy, but I’m a quick learner so it’s not difficult if you enjoy something,” she said.
Mike and Kacey agree working together for the summer has been a great bonding experience.
“We do spend a lot of time together which is hard to come by during the week because everyone is so busy,” said Mike.
The paycheck isn’t too bad either. However, Kacey will be the first to tell you working alongside dad is worth so much more than dollars and cents.
“I just like working with him and he teaches me something new each time [we work together],” she said.