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Got a job offer for union CE. I am working non union and it's not going toward a minute of my JM license. It's a little pay cut, about 2 bucks an hour. I will still be able to join the apprentice program once I pass my test and interview.

So my real question is, should I take the pay cut, get my foot in the door, and wait for my test. Or should I just wait til I can go take the test and go straight into apprenticeship? I have 8 months of experience and about 1700 hours.
 

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I really like that quote! Where I am currently working is deadend. There's a handful of guys making 16-17 bucks an hour when here JM rate is 28 bucks. I have a list of questions I'm going to ask before I say yes or no. I appreciate all input. I know I want to stick with electrical. I'm not for or against union, but no non union jobs offer anything in my experience. Even though I know more than half the 4th years I worked with.
 

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4SQUARE said:
[QUOTE="ElectricalJoe;1183761" Even though I know more than half the 4th years I worked with.
4square said... At 8 months? I understand what I think you mean about the other guys but careful with that mindset... My father in laws been at it 40 years and still learn something everyday It's definatly easier to think you know than to know.. not being a-hole Just trying to help[/QUOTE]

I completely understand. But these guys may have known code Better than me, but as for work, I pooed on em. The can't grasp the concept of deductions and level and measuring. Even the foremen would rather have me work in high traffic areas. I am definitely respectful to everyone I work with. Well almost. Haha.
 

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Okay so I didn't take the CE job offer. The guy I talked to sounded like he was against me taking it with my current position. But with that, I got m letter for my aptitude test. Can anyone give me some in sight on what I can expect? Basic knowledge stuff or electrical stuff? I took the exam for BNSF and passed that one. Does anyone know if they're comparable?
 

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sbrn33 said:
Joe, why is your time not counting towards your J-man license? I thought Kanasa was a lot like NE? It would here. Are you not working for an above the board contractor? Very rare that someone with 8 months experience know as much as he thinks he does.
I'm working at a factory that does nothing by the code, or OSHA, or common knowledge. Haha. And I don't want to sound cocky by anymeans, but I just have a better common sense than most around here b
 

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Lep said:
what is your career goal? is it to be a union electrician? there are so many options in the electrical trade evaluate your goal maybe that will help make your decisions. I assume BNSF is the railroad nothing wrong with that either
My long term goal is to own my own small business and rental homes. I just need my foot in the door.
 
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