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Would any of you take on an apprentice who is in there late 20's with a very limited construction background? And lets say I just got back into a construction position to help my odds. I'm a smart, hard worker and have a foreman who will vogue for it. I am basically looking to calculate my odds, and see what I can do to raise them. I need a trade! any comments are welcome. thanks, mike
 

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I am 25 1/2 and just got in. In fact, one of the guys who got in with me is 49 years old... That should make you feel better....
 

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27 is not too old at all. You'll be 30 or 31 when you turn out, that's not very old either.

Attitude is everything, age is just a number. If you've got good work ethics, show up on time and ready to work every day, are willing to learn, etc. then just about any contractor would be happy to have you at any age.

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a friend in my apprenticechip class was 51 when he started the apprenticeship.

he started that late because he was tired of being a college professor, part owner of a surveying firm, and farming.

the only electrician I know that has a PhD.
 

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27 is better than 18.

Young enough that the grunt work won't (or shouldn't) be an issue.
Old enough to know to keep yer yap shut and show up every day.

Go for it and Good Luck.
 

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I think that's a good age to start. As for over 45, I think that could be rough to toss a guy that old into a ditch. I have met a couple of older guys that bailed out of their careers on Wall St. after 9/11.
 

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At 27 years old I had two choices available to me. Go into a supervisory role or get into an apprenticeship and take a pay cut to do so. Needless to say I went with the apprenticeship and now I have never been happier with my career choice. I work primarily in the controls side of things now and I have never been without work and I enjoy what I do. Go for it!!!
 

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I got in the trade at 27. I started my IBEW apprenticeship at 30. IMO mid to late 20's is a perfect time to start this trade
 

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I got in at 22- from driveing truck. That should not be an issue, with referances and maturity.. Employers like that!:thumbsup:

Welcome.
 

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I started my apprenticeship at 40 and had two small kids at the time and my wife just passed aways. Best thing I ever done, it got through some rough times.
 

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im 35 and im gonna bite the bullet if the union accepts me if not i can truly say im an old bastard.
 

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I think that's a good age to start. As for over 45, I think that could be rough to toss a guy that old into a ditch. I have met a couple of older guys that bailed out of their careers on Wall St. after 9/11.

You were like 40 when you started right????
 

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im 35 and im gonna bite the bullet if the union accepts me if not i can truly say im an old bastard.
The union will not reject you because of your age. Better to get someone with experience and knows exactly what he wants to do, than accept 10 18-24 YO's who have a 50% success rate.

If possible, I would not flaunt the "I worked union, then nonunion, then merit shop" issue.
 

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Age doesn't matter as long as you have an open mind, want to learn and are somewhat mechanically inclined. I started doing this at 17 straight out of high school, now I'm 26 going on 27. I've seen people from all walks of life and ages come and go, and also stay. It's like anything else in life, you either want it or you don't.
 

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There is no age limit on an apprentice as long you are willing to do what ever is asked. Do what your journeyman request. He had to go through it too. Pay your dues and you will be okay.
 

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i started my apprenticeship at 18, im now 21 and i came from a backround with absolutley NO construction exp. Within 2 weeks i was wiring rooms, setting fan boxes, making up switch boxes. 2 years later and im able to just about wire an entire huose, panel and all following codes, also attending college courses towards my certificaion. All depends on your will to learn :thumbsup:
 

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I am 21, started when I was 19. Here is some photos of some of the work I have done.

I am a young apprentice but age has nothing to do with the work. Mostly. Just be honest, determined, and work hard and any one with a good head will see the potential in a worker.

Unfortunately, I had to run ALL of this pipe, all by my lonesome. My scrap pile had its own room to pile up in just to the left of the picture.
 

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