Elite Trades Championship
Contestants in the 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series.
Contestants in the 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series.
Contestants in the 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series.
Contestants in the 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series.
Contestants in the 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series.

National Search for America's Top Plumber Concludes

Nov. 30, 2023
CBS Sports broadcast highlights skilled trades as the nation's top electricians, plumbers, HVAC and auto techs compete for their share of over $300,000 in awards.

This December, the nation's most talented electricians, plumbers, HVAC and auto techs are in the limelight. The 8th annual IDEAL® Elite Trades Championship Series, aired on CBS Sports Network on Fridays throughout December, is more than a competition—it’s a celebration of craftsmanship and expertise.

This year's series, encapsulating the electric, HVAC, automotive and plumbing sectors, showcases the extraordinary skills and unwavering dedication of these professionals. It's a high-stakes arena where the top three finalists from each field vie for a shared prize pool exceeding $300,000, including cash and sponsor-provided awards.

One of the most remarkable stories emerging from this year's competition is that of Craig Childress, who achieved an unprecedented feat by clinching titles in both HVAC and plumbing. His triumph is a testament to his devotion to the trades and serves as an inspiration for the next generation of tradesmen and women.

Each episode, airing at 7 p.m. CST, spotlights a different trade:

- December 8: IDEAL Electrical Championship

- December 15: ServiceTitan HVAC National Championship

- December 22: US Auto Tech National Championship Driven by Yokohama

- December 29: Inaugural Plumbing National Championship Powered by SharkBite

Scott Mendel, General Manager of the ETCS, emphasizes the vital role these skilled trades play in our nation’s infrastructure. Through this series, viewers gain an insightful look into the challenges and triumphs faced by these essential workers, often the unsung heroes of our society.

The competitions are not just about the rivalry but also about the tools and technologies that are reshaping these industries. From Little Giant Ladders and Challenger Lift car lifts to cutting-edge software and hardware, the series gives a nod to the sponsors who provide the tools that help these professionals excel.

The Plumbing National Championship, a new addition to the series, particularly highlights the evolving nature of these competitions, focusing on the finesse and expertise of plumbers nationwide.

As the sponsor for the plumbing contest, SharkBite products were featured in the competition, including the new SharkBite Max fittings. Five finalists showcased their skills and dedication to the trade, competing to win the trophy and title of America’s best plumber. Learn more about their journey to the finals and the first-ever Plumbing National Championship by visiting https://www.sharkbite.com/us/en/elite-trades-championship

As December unfolds, CBS Sports Network becomes the stage for these skilled tradespeople, proving that their work is not just a job but also a competitive and rewarding way to earn a good living. Tune in on December 29th to witness the culmination of this year's intense and inspiring competition.

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