Hi all, recently became interested back into being an electrician(should've did it out of high school but hey life hits you sometimes)I am 27 now. I do some electrical work now with traffic signals and such at my current job but its eventually a dead end job. I am interested in joining the local ibew here in town but the 1st & 2nd year wages are pretty rough, not bad but not what I am used to making, did anyone work two jobs during these times to help keep a float or from anyone whos in the union, did you have overtime? I love overtime, I love 80 hours+ a week. That's my only concern about it that is if I get in. I was apart of a Local carman union for the railroad until a family member got sick and I had to move to take care of them but the benefits was amazing, wanting to get back to that as my daughter gets older I'd like to have insurance worth a damn. I've ran conduit, ran equipments, trenchers, installed boxes, pulled fiber, ran wire in offices, etc. I am applying to the ibew this week, fingers crossed they have an opening and I can get in. I looked into trade school here but I firmly believe a classroom isn't going to teach you field problems.