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Hello all, I am not sure if there is some format intended for intros but ill give it my best.
I am an 18 year old high school grad who wanted to go into a trade from the get go. I tried college, ended up hating it for the fact of debt and non hands on based learning which is what i enjoy 100%
I live in the Buffalo, NY area. I searched ibew buffalo on google and what not.
I just don't know where to go from here? I know i have to take a aptitude test which is most math based, which is not my strong suit. What are the steps i should take before getting involved with what i am hoping to get is an apprenticeship. I read around these forums and i noticed alot of beginners say how starting out is rough for them because of the people involved. I dont want to join in and be an issue for the people who have been involved for along time either.. Also on the site i noticed the pay wages
http://gyazo.com/adb853d0f6fcd0fe9711fa4d7178411a

In that picture does that mean i wont start getting paid until im 37% into my apprenticeship? and would i start out full time 40 hours a week?

All im really asking for is advice and what to look out for and any general knowledge for getting into this trade.

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Hello all, I am not sure if there is some format intended for intros but ill give it my best.
I am an 18 year old high school grad who wanted to go into a trade from the get go. I tried college, ended up hating it for the fact of debt and non hands on based learning which is what i enjoy 100%
I live in the Buffalo, NY area. I searched ibew buffalo on google and what not.
I just don't know where to go from here? I know i have to take a aptitude test which is most math based, which is not my strong suit. What are the steps i should take before getting involved with what i am hoping to get is an apprenticeship. I read around these forums and i noticed alot of beginners say how starting out is rough for them because of the people involved. I dont want to join in and be an issue for the people who have been involved for along time either.. Also on the site i noticed the pay wages
http://gyazo.com/adb853d0f6fcd0fe9711fa4d7178411a

In that picture does that mean i wont start getting paid until im 37% into my apprenticeship? and would i start out full time 40 hours a week?

All im really asking for is advice and what to look out for and any general knowledge for getting into this trade.

Cheers
Hello Zheltz: Welcome aboard....:thumbup:
 

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All im really asking for is advice and what to look out for and any general knowledge for getting into this trade.

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You've a millennium of experience to draw from here Z, so fire away....

~CS~
 

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welcome and good luck! if you read that thread about not getting paid and even paying to learn on the job, dont go there!
 

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Hello all, I am not sure if there is some format intended for intros but ill give it my best.
I am an 18 year old high school grad who wanted to go into a trade from the get go. I tried college, ended up hating it for the fact of debt and non hands on based learning which is what i enjoy 100%
I live in the Buffalo, NY area. I searched ibew buffalo on google and what not.
I just don't know where to go from here? I know i have to take a aptitude test which is most math based, which is not my strong suit. What are the steps i should take before getting involved with what i am hoping to get is an apprenticeship. I read around these forums and i noticed alot of beginners say how starting out is rough for them because of the people involved. I dont want to join in and be an issue for the people who have been involved for along time either.. Also on the site i noticed the pay wages
http://gyazo.com/adb853d0f6fcd0fe9711fa4d7178411a

In that picture does that mean i wont start getting paid until im 37% into my apprenticeship? and would i start out full time 40 hours a week?

All im really asking for is advice and what to look out for and any general knowledge for getting into this trade.

Cheers
Im currently working on getting into the local 43 out of Syracuse myself. And it is a long process for sure I started by filling out the app online and mailing my transcript and resume to the jatc. Then was scheduled for the aptitude test witch is 50/50 math and reading comp. After receiving a qualifying score I was granted an interview. Did well in that aspect aswell and now waiting to get called to work. As far as apprentices go from what I understand you work 40 a week during summer and 32hrs during the school year and will attend class unpaid for 8hrs a week. Each year your pay goes up a bit till you are done with the program. Its a 5year program and if you are in it for a CAREER it seems to be well worth it. Hope this helps you make a decision.
 

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Im currently working on getting into the local 43 out of Syracuse myself. And it is a long process for sure I started by filling out the app online and mailing my transcript and resume to the jatc. Then was scheduled for the aptitude test witch is 50/50 math and reading comp. After receiving a qualifying score I was granted an interview. Did well in that aspect aswell and now waiting to get called to work. As far as apprentices go from what I understand you work 40 a week during summer and 32hrs during the school year and will attend class unpaid for 8hrs a week. Each year your pay goes up a bit till you are done with the program. Its a 5year program and if you are in it for a CAREER it seems to be well worth it. Hope this helps you make a decision.
Thats is great to here, and yes i intend it to be my career for sure, but should i have gone to college to get in? I graduated HS, I dont have a resume, and i dont think my school gave me my transcript. Whats my first step? i cant find an application online for Buffalo..
 

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I did not go to collage. Im 30 year's old and have been working as an industrial tech for 11 years. Its a pay cut to start out for me but im willing to take a cut in the short term to make more later plus the bennies are much better in the ibew. If I get in for sure this year I can retire at 55. Thats my goal. 60 at the latest.
 

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Buffalo? I spent 25 years of my life there. Applied twice to that local. Good luck...

Other then that... MIGHTY TACO!
 

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I did not go to collage. Im 30 year's old and have been working as an industrial tech for 11 years. Its a pay cut to start out for me but im willing to take a cut in the short term to make more later plus the bennies are much better in the ibew. If I get in for sure this year I can retire at 55. Thats my goal. 60 at the latest.
You and I are very close in age. Our fathers generation is beginning to start working past 65, I think by the time you and I hit 60, retirement may still be 15 years off.
 

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Hell I hope not! Its all about good investments and proper saving. As long as things go close to my plan and my stock choises continue to do well I should be good. As of right now I have no mortgage and verry little debt so as long as I can pay my bills and eat on 5k a month then im a happy camper. But if I have to work till im 68 so be it I enjoy working for the most part.
 

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if it costs 5k a month to feed you, you better go a diet!:001_huh:
 
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