I see that below there is a local 250 thread already started but I have some slightly different questions so I started a new one. I am a 30 year old female of color who has applied with the local 250 in Los Angeles. If anyone in the industry, regardless of location, could answer my questions I'd be grateful. I'm also looking for anyone who might have experience with local 250.
-Physically is it realistic for my to do this job? Any recommendations for tools i can use to offset a lack of upper body strength?
-From what I have read thus far it seems like no matter what this job will break down my body. Is this an absolute certainty or is there a way to prevent this?
-How much push back ,if any, can I expect due to my gender? When I sat for my epa universal I think i got just a taste of it. The staff was talking about blow jobs while I took my test (which is fine by me, that's their business to do so). I am, however, fairly certain it was specifically for my benefit due to the volume at which they were speaking and the fact that they started talking about it after I came in. I guess I'm wondering if this is the best, worst, or about average scenario for what i can expect.
-I think I would like to head into commercial service. Is it possible to pick what you specifically want to do as an apprentice? What can i do, if anything, to increase my chances of getting into that side of Hvac? Is it better to be able to do both residential and commercial? Should i ask the local for a list of signatory contractors and pick the commercial ones to see if i can do my apprenticeship through them?
-Does anyone in the southern CA area have any insight into what the working conditions are specific to this area? Namely: Is there enough work to go around with the economy? When is the busy season here? Will I be working outdoors a lot of the time?
- Are there any recommendations for self study or training I can do on my own (besides epa universal certification) to make it a little easier on myself if I start the apprenticeship this summer?
-This may seem a little off topic but, I will be getting a car soon. Do you think a hatchback would be good for carting tools or should i go with a truck?