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Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by Rosey, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    has anybody here completed or participated in an apprenticeship program?

    i'm thinking of a career change and i'm wondering if there are any good/bad/ugly stories that i should know about before i think about jumping ship?

    also, any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.

  2. nusty

    nusty TRIBE Member

    Go into Pyrotecknics! A buddy of mine took a course on it that lasted a few weeks and now he's working for some chick and he's easily capable of making close to 70$ an hour as her apprentice. And you only have to work half the year if you want.
    Plus fire is always cool and large amounts of it are even cooler!
  3. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- TRIBE Member

    It's a good way to go, if you can find something you like to get into.
    It's nice to get paid while your learning your job, not after.

    I started mine right out of high-school. Although the 3 years of night school were tough to get through, it was worth it in the end.


    <--- Completed his Mouldmaker appreticeship (tool & die)
  4. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    i'm interested in becoming an electrician.
    but what does a starting apprentice earn?

    nusty, not that i'm really thinking of pyrotechnics as a career, but where did he take the course. just curious.
  5. Spinsah

    Spinsah TRIBE Member

    A career in pyrotechincs would be so bad ass!
  6. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- TRIBE Member

    as far as i know, apx. 50% of what a journeyman makes.

    So (depending on where you work) that's probably $2_ an hour. Meaning you would start out at in the $12-13 /hour range.

    then, for every 1000 hours you work towards your apprenticeship (apx. 6 months), you get a 5% raise, untill you have all of your hours in.
  7. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    is it possible to start an apprenticeship and then take time off (like a few months to travel) then come back to it? would that be really bad?

    <--- trying to figure out what to do with the rest of his life :(
  8. PinkAngeL

    PinkAngeL TRIBE Member

    You should seriously think about becoming a tool and die maker!
    good money during the apprenticeship and LARGE money once you are done.
    This country is short tens of thousands of them!!!!
  9. matty

    matty TRIBE Member

  10. orange richie

    orange richie TRIBE Member

    Very true, I completed 3 years in a Tool and Die apprenticeship. It is good money and there is a lot of overtime because there is a huge shortage of people in the trade. Very interesting and challenging career but I had to quit cuz 60+ hour weeks just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I wasn't prepared to dedicate that much of my life on a job that wasn't bringing me an equal amount of satisfaction. Money isn't everything but if I ever need to go back I'm still a third year apprentice and could get a job anywhere. That's one great thing about this trade: YOU WILL NEVER LOOK FOR WORK!

    Rickardo Belmiro de la Cruz...
  11. fuzzy

    fuzzy TRIBE Member

    I will just say that I had a very bad expereince with my Auto Mechanic Appreanticeship
    I was treated like shit everywhere I went!
    Ended up going back to school

  12. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    what does a tool and die maker do? seriously.
  13. Bass-Invader

    Bass-Invader TRIBE Member

    I think they make things, which make other stuff.

    Like molds to make a certain type of tool, or machine part.
  14. -Mercury-

    -Mercury- TRIBE Member

    wow, i didn't realize we had so much in commen when I first met you....um... kinda
    (I spun immediatly after you at that UN1TY that Ian/Derek threw)

    Anyways, I feel the same way about the whole situation. $$$ isn't everything. And the more you make, the more you spend.

    You just get in a bad cycle.
    I look forward to leaving my job one day soon (I hope)
    Since I always know I'll have that little piece of paper that says I'm special,...I mean a mouldmaker. :)

    I'll get into a little more of what the job entails later, when I have more time.

    My least favorite part of my job: the fact that I start work in 5 and a half hours. :(

    That isn't good when your a night owl/insomniac.
  15. nusty

    nusty TRIBE Member

    so wrong, in so many ways. I really do hope that site is firewalled from young kids. If I ever saw any of my sisters on that site I'd kill that woman, or whatever she is!
  16. squirrel

    squirrel TRIBE Member

    an apprenticeship is a good idea.while everyone else is paying thousands of dollars for their education and coming out of school in debt, an apprentice will get paid to learn and in the long run will probably make very good money because there is a shortage of workers in almost every trade. as far as being treated like shit is concerned, anywhere you first start out you will be at the bottom, while doing an apprenticeship or not.
  17. Lysistrata

    Lysistrata Well-Known TRIBEr

  18. Rosey

    Rosey TRIBE Member

    anybody else got info or ancedotes?

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