I have been seriously considering applying for the 2013 local 502 Louisville kentucky hvac mechanic apprenticeship. I have been a residential and light commercial tech for about five years now and I am afraid that I have reached the top of the career ladder in this field. I want to work on and learn more heavy commercial and industrial side of the trade and I feel a union apprenticeship is the only way to break into that part of the trade.
My question is how does a HVAC mechanic apprenticeship work? Do you ride around with a journeyman tech for five years? Are apprentices only permitted to do preventive maintenence? Do they do any troubleshooting on their own, or is it only under the supervision of a journeyman? How does the system work?
I have a Kentucky Journeyman license, Nate certification, universal EPA, an associates degree in hvac, about five years in the field and I am a veteran. With those qualifications I would assume I have a pretty good chance of getting in if I applied.
Does anyone on this board know anything about local 502 Louisville, Ky? Is work slow? Is it even worth my time to even contemplate applying?