Originally Posted by st0mps
i dunno if this is a old post but my shop is switching unions to local3 does my mechanic status switch over or how does it work ?
It depends on how you did on the test. Your employer tells us where all the employees stand. Journeyman, Helper, etc...
Then you are given tests to see what your skill level is...these tests are created with the knowledge that there is a possibility of the testee not having any formal electrical theory classes. The tests represent Hands On Experience.
Then you are placed at what level you grade at. Remember this...many employers TELL the union that Person X is only a 4th Year Helper...even though you were getting Mechanic Rate with him...They do this to save them money.
Once you get in...you will be in the M Division. You will not be required to go to school other than rudimentary classes...Basic Wiring, Basic Code, etc...after that, you get your raises and over time.
BTW...for the M Division we have TWO LEVELS of Journeyman...MJ1 and MJ2...both are two year slots. You're an MJ1 for two years, then you become an MJ2 for two years.
If you have any other questions, I'll be glad to help you.