reply to post by FortAnthem
I have some advice for those interested, of course it isn't for everyone and I kind of got lucky too.
Some people hate Unions even more hate labor but ...
Most trade labor Unions will train you free of charge in a trade, electrician, millwright, boil maker, pipe fitter, tool and die etc.
Course you could go to a technical college and pay for the training but why, when you can join a Union and get free training through an
apprenticeship, On the job experience and most importantly earn a paycheck.
You'll come out with a Journeyman card, some programs even offer an associates degree in engineering at no cost to you. Then you can either stay in
your trade or look for other opportunities elsewhere.
The buzz is there is a shortage of skilled tradesmen out there and the jobs are in demand. I went Millwright but looking back I envy the Electricians
the most, they have more job opportunities than other trades or with their license can moonlight residential jobs through the newspaper or word of
All trades make 20+ an hour depending on geographical location, here on the East coast, north pays more, south pays less. Usually with lots of
Overtime ... Many travel around hitting big jobs and shutdowns, they call them boomers, some get into shops or on steady with companies or open their
own contractor business.
About me getting lucky ... I got on as Maintenance at a rather large appliance factory with my Journeyman's card and depending on how much overtime I
want to work I can make from 60k to 150k+.
As I said it may not be for everyone but it is an option and you won't go into debt from student loans.
edit on 21-2-2013 by Tazkven because: proof reading after posting FTW