Jeremy Stettler wears many hats in his job with Davis School District, just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. As foreman, he and his staff of seven maintain the mechanical systems for just more than 10 million square feet of building space. He also serves as plumbing and mechanical inspector for all ongoing construction in the district, including a 200,000-square-foot middle school facility and a 100,000-square-foot elementary school building. Stettler performs plan review on the mechanical systems. The district works hard to keep its environmental impact to a minimum, whether it’s a net zero or Energy Star building.
A licensed master plumber, Stettler traces his career in the trades to a fateful service call.
“When I was 15, my mother’s sewer got plugged,” he says. “Not having much money, we called several plumbers from the phone book until we found one she could afford. Little did I know it would be the start of my career.”
The owner, Clark Browne, came to their home and Stettler took a keen interest in everything he was doing. Browne took time to explain things as he worked.
“I had no idea he was interviewing me, but at the end of the job he asked if I wanted a job being his helper,” he says. “I jumped at the opportunity and worked after school every day for him for two years.”
Browne introduced Stettler to the local high school plumbing instructor and got him enrolled. At 16, he enrolled in the apprenticeship program at Ogden Weber Applied Technical College. One of his instructors, Linc Talbot, worked for Davis School District and helped his “teacher’s pet” get a job as an apprentice plumber. He started the day after graduation and has been there ever since.
Stettler has since received his Journeyman’s, Master Plumber’s and inspector licenses.
“Plumbing has given me and my family so many opportunities I could never have dreamed of when I got started as a plumber’s helper,” he says. “And with the support of my wonderful wife, Valerie, and our two awesome boys, CJ and Kaden, I get to continue to be passionate about my trade through IAPMO.”