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  1. Thread: New Apprentice

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    All the BS you have to put up with your first...

    All the BS you have to put up with your first five years is the reason why I quit and got into engineering. Now, I don't have to deal with anybody's sh*t.

    If you have a brain, design the systems...
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    Those with technical experience and engineering...

    Those with technical experience and engineering degrees make well over $100k. A college degree is more important now than it ever was before. A HS diploma is now meaningless and you need at least a...
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    Actually, it is a bull**** question. I used to...

    Actually, it is a bull**** question. I used to work in HR and also as a headhunter for a temp agency before I discovered HVAC. I was pursuing a psychology degree at the time as well, so my boss made...
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    Actually, my point was that the core requirements...

    Actually, my point was that the core requirements (the HVAC courses) in an associates degree in HVAC from a community college won't transfer to a 4-year college. Only the gen-ed credits will.

    As...
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    Vocational credits don't usually transfer to a 4...

    Vocational credits don't usually transfer to a 4 year college anyway. There are some 4-year colleges that offer 2+2 degrees, where they will take your HVAC credits in transfer. However, the only...
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    Depends on education + work experience + test...

    Depends on education + work experience + test score + interview score.

    It's really tough right now to get an apprenticeship. My local only took a few guys last time and two of them had engineering...
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    If that's the case, go to the CC. Geez, for $30k...

    If that's the case, go to the CC. Geez, for $30k you can get a 4-year degree in mechanical or electrical engineering from a state university.
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    Which one is going to help you find a job? ...

    Which one is going to help you find a job?

    Tech schools have better job placement services usually. Ask them what their job placement rate is. Then go to the community college, and ask one of the...
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    When I was going to trade school, there was a guy...

    When I was going to trade school, there was a guy in my class with a big tattoo on his face. He was hired on right away. Companies were desperate for people then I guess.
  10. Thread: halliburton kbr

    by ideafx
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    I know an electrician who worked for KBR in Iraq....

    I know an electrician who worked for KBR in Iraq. He made $160k in 10 months. Maybe the electricians make a lot more. Not sure.

    He had nothing good to say about the experience though. Apparently,...
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    Did you go to a community college or a trade...

    Did you go to a community college or a trade school?

    The trend I noticed is that community college grads have a tougher time finding a job because their job placement services aren't nearly as...
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    Perhaps you can learn a different trade...

    Perhaps you can learn a different trade (electrician) and work on the new construction side. That way, your driving record won't really matter as you won't be doing service calls.
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    An AAS in HVAC or Electromechanical would be more...

    An AAS in HVAC or Electromechanical would be more logical if they offer it. I would start applying for apprenticeship now though if I were you. There is no guarantee that you'll get in the first...
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    The union pays for your schooling. If you want to...

    The union pays for your schooling. If you want to go to a community college or a trade school first, I think the GI Bill will cover your tuition. It's not necessary though. I would just apply for...
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    Here in Vegas, UA Local 525 has a helmets to...

    Here in Vegas, UA Local 525 has a helmets to hardhats program. It allows for former military to transition into a career in construction or the HVAC service side. I'm sure they do the same thing...
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    All you really need is an EPA 608 to get started...

    All you really need is an EPA 608 to get started in this trade. However, with the economy the way it is now, there are plenty of applicants who went to trade school/community college. Obviously, an...
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    If it can help you get in as a first year...

    If it can help you get in as a first year apprentice, it's not worthless.

    Don't expect to start out as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year apprentice though just because you have the degree.
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    I don't think it really matters. You can replace...

    I don't think it really matters. You can replace education with work experience. There are several good techs who have never set foot in a college.

    I suppose in some areas it might be helpful. I...
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    The BS from Ferris State would be a waste of...

    The BS from Ferris State would be a waste of time/money. It's not a real engineering degree. It's an engineering technology degree and it's not ABET accredited, which means you'd never be able to get...
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    I prefer trade schools over community colleges....

    I prefer trade schools over community colleges. It may cost a little more, but you learn a bit faster. Plus, trade schools have much better job placement services than community colleges.
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    Just curious. Why do you have to put that job...

    Just curious.

    Why do you have to put that job on your resume? Why not just leave it off? A gap is better than a negative work history.

    Go to another town.

    BTW, what does having "straight...
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    All white collar jobs can be outsourced, and it...

    All white collar jobs can be outsourced, and it will happen in this country in the near future. Just as manufacturing jobs are no longer secure in this country, we're already seeing accounting,...
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    Many trade schools offer accelerated 6-10 month...

    Many trade schools offer accelerated 6-10 month programs. If I had to choose, I'd go with a trade school rather than the 2-year community college route. Reason why, when you do get into the union,...
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    That's pretty much the norm, and it's not hard to...

    That's pretty much the norm, and it's not hard to understand why. Guys on the construction side are laid off more often.
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    I agree. If I see typos or misspelled words on...

    I agree.

    If I see typos or misspelled words on an employer's job listing, I don't even bother applying. It tells me that either the owner or the people hired on by him/her aren't too bright.
    ...
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