George Brazil dreamed of starting a school that would carry on his legacy of professionalism in the plumbing industry. Not only would his school train residential plumbers and technicians in the skills of the trade, but also in the work ethic and commitment to customer service that George Brazil Home Services was known for in the Valley.
George passed away in 2012, never having the chance to fulfill the dream he shared with his wife, Patricia Langlin Brazil. So Pat has made it her mission to start the George Brazil School of Plumbing at the East Valley Institute of Technology.
The new plumbing school at EVIT’s Dr. A. Keith Crandall (Main) Campus in Mesa will soon begin offering training for adults who have what it takes to learn and provide high-quality plumbing service in the George Brazil way.
Offered through EVIT’s adult education program, the plumbing school won’t accept just anyone. Candidates will have to complete a rigorous application process, including an interview. The reward will be worth it for those who get in and complete the 600-hour course: Internship and/or employment with George Brazil or other Valley plumbing companies and a potential salary of $50,000 to $80,000 as a residential plumbing technician.
“We want to make sure the school is training service plumbers to be the best they can be, that they care more for their customers than they do for themselves, that they are constantly trying to be everything that George would have wanted,” Pat said.
George Brazil believed in giving the customer full value and he wanted plumbers and technicians who would represent the industry well to the public.
Instructor Barry Morris added: “He wanted this to be the Harvard, Stanford or Yale of all plumbing schools.”
Morris and EVIT were hand-picked by Pat, a retired educator who served for years as the state director of vocational education in California and oversaw industrial arts programs.
“Barry is a wonderful addition. He has such passion for education and young people,” she said.
Morris grew up in New York City, the son of a fireman who also operated a small residential plumbing business. At age 19, he joined the United Association of Plumbers and started his professional career; in his 20s, he became a Master Plumber. Today, he has 39 years professional experience, including three years of teaching in New York.
“Realizing the shortage of plumbers, I decided to become a plumbing educator,” he said.
The first George Brazil plumbing class will start as an adult evening program as soon as the student roster is filled. Morris said the program would be a good fit for 18- to 22-year-old high school graduates, veterans, or adults in their 30s or 40s who are looking for a career change.
“Candidates for the plumbing school should be of good moral character and have high ethical standards, as well as the ability to communicate well with others,” he said. “They should have the desire to be trained and become one of the best plumbers in the industry.”
Interested applicants should contact the EVIT admissions department at (480) 461-4108 or stop by the Center for Career Advancement at the EVIT Main Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Mesa, for an application and advisement.
Superintendent Sally Downey appreciates the guidance and resources that the George Brazil company has given EVIT to start the George Brazil School of Plumbing. “It’s an extreme compliment that Pat Brazil would put her faith in us to deliver the high standard that is the tradition of their company,” she said.
EVIT offers over 40 career and technical education programs tuition-free to high school students and tuition-based to adults who live in 10 East Valley districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Higley, Queen Creek and J.O. Combs. Financial assistance is available to adults who qualify.