First post on here, but have been reading for a while now. I need some advice from people that don't personally know. I have just graduated from tech school as of three weeks ago, and am currently employed at a small shop close to home here. I have been working there for about six months now, mostly residential clean and checks, but also service,and also part of the on call rotation. I have a couple questions about the field, and I'm hoping that you guys have some information that will help me.
1. I am considered a pre apprentice at this union shop, and I just learned over the weekend that I am not supposed to be doing any service work, as it is against union rules. I have been told that it could ruin my chances of being a journeyman in the future. I have a bad feeling that if I bring it up to my boss he will show me the door, because I know he loves my cheap labor, so what do I do?
2. Like I said, I have always wanted to be a commercial service tech, or a commercial controls guy. What does it take to get hired to a big shop? I have called, sent my resume, even had an interview at a local controls shop last week, but he said he wouldn't have an answer for a month. I guess, what do I need to do to stand out? I am willing to work, I am wanting to learn, but I just can't seem to get any answers.