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  1. #14
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    I Started The Same Way

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfstrike View Post
    huh?

    my first job i worked for a company that did home warrany repairs for American Home Shield.

    i got $36 per call no matter what the problem was, ...even compressors.
    seemed like 30% of calls were bad compressors.
    when i was leaving they changed it to $200 for compressors.

    the goal was to do 5 calls per day, but the reality was different.

    i lost too much time playing mother-may-i with AHS,
    a call back or two
    then company started making me go the store for every part,
    and i was slow because i was new,

    i got a check for $190 for 60 hours of work, and they lined up 3 or 4 compressor jobs,

    so i walked off the job after 8 months.



    ...great experience though, nothing beats getting tossed right in.
    $32.00 PER CALL

    1985
    USED TO WORK 12 - 16 HOURS A DAY 6 DAYS A WEEK

    TRIED TO RUN 8-10 CALLS A DAY.
    MY GOAL WAS $300 PER DAY 6 DAYS BUT I LIKED TO TRY FOR $2,000 A WEEK
    BOUGHT MY FIRST HOUSE AND RENTAL PROPERTY IN SAN FRANCISCO
    ON WAGES FROM THAT JOB.
    SOME CUSTOMERS GOT SOME PRETTY CR@PPY WORK!
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

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    just taking a quick look roscoe moust be an owner or something like that going on how much it cost to train.

    Don't go in selling your self short because you are going to get trained you will be disappointed.

    You are going to be a slave and companies are going to bill you out and make money. Get what you need to live of go somewhere else, life is too short to suffer for someone else!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolestacman View Post
    just taking a quick look roscoe moust be an owner or something like that going on how much it cost to train.

    Don't go in selling your self short because you are going to get trained you will be disappointed.

    You are going to be a slave and companies are going to bill you out and make money. Get what you need to live of go somewhere else, life is too short to suffer for someone else!!!!!!!!



    Slave..slave?

    Real nice attitude sport.

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    Yep and it works

    How many companies are not billling out their apprentices???

    Not too many.

    This site and life is full of guys that bust theirs butts for the companies and then when it slows down they are laid off. I have heard it a thousand times " I worked so hard and I thought they appreciated it " well the man does as he fills his pockets.

    Take care of yourself because no one else will.

    One last thing when you are swallowing pride if you have to wipe your chin it might not have been pride.

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    I started in this trade @ 8.50/hr. about 6 years ago.

    Making better than three times that now with 100% benefits paid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolestacman View Post
    Yep and it works

    How many companies are not billling out their apprentices???

    Not too many.

    This site and life is full of guys that bust theirs butts for the companies and then when it slows down they are laid off. I have heard it a thousand times " I worked so hard and I thought they appreciated it " well the man does as he fills his pockets.

    Take care of yourself because no one else will.

    One last thing when you are swallowing pride if you have to wipe your chin it might not have been pride.
    And you would know this from first hand experience.

    quote coolestacman:
    From: http://www.hvac-talk.com/vbb/showthread.php?t=149379
    I'm looking for only the best
    Well it is a new year, i still am working with lots of work ahead. I looked at my T4 and I made $109,000.00. Better yet I am 36 and have $172,000.00 in my pension.
    This is kind of like profit sharing, only I know I have my share of the profit.

    I just can't wait until my UNION pension is at $6.00 an hour, I believe I have found the meaning of retirement while I can still enjoy life.
    slavery huh.! those knee pads are working for you then.
    Last edited by Roscoe; 01-07-2008 at 07:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallron View Post
    I think first year apprentices make about 16-17 per hour here in D.C.

    Not sure about helpers.

    -JB
    you are right

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    Cool

    sorry roscoe, no knee pads

    I work, I do the job right and get very little in call backs.

    You hopefully soon learn that you don't have to go through life owing people because they employ you. I have always lived with every thursday everything is squared up when I get paid and we start over.

    Just so you know there are a lot Union of Mechanics in Ontario that make $100,000.00 plus. As for the pension, the union pension at what we get hourly plus the money it makes year over year has got me what I have in pension (average 8% per year in ten years). It dosen't take long.

    They don't have to wear knee pads either

    cheers

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    coolestacman

    Quote Originally Posted by coolestacman View Post
    sorry roscoe, no knee pads

    I work, I do the job right and get very little in call backs.

    You hopefully soon learn that you don't have to go through life owing people because they employ you. I have always lived with every thursday everything is squared up when I get paid and we start over.

    Just so you know there are a lot Union of Mechanics in Ontario that make $100,000.00 plus. As for the pension, the union pension at what we get hourly plus the money it makes year over year has got me what I have in pension (average 8% per year in ten years). It dosen't take long.

    They don't have to wear knee pads either

    cheers
    coolestacman,
    AMEN BROTHER!
    every thursday is like another quarter in a football game.
    do my job do it well.
    stay trained and train the younger guys.
    an hours work for an hours pay.
    all good union mechanics work all year and never miss time.
    I do not owe anybody anything.
    although I am thankful to my boss.
    NO KNEE PADS!
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by absrbrtek View Post
    Check out the union aprenticeship program. Starts at better than your looking for. http://lu420.org/apprenticeship.asp

    Ditto.


    Failing that, $12.00 /hr is about what the open (non-union) shops are hiring guys off the street for. Unless it's a resi shop.....then it's more like $8 to $10.00 /hr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfstrike View Post
    huh?

    my first job i worked for a company that did home warrany repairs for American Home Shield.

    i got $36 per call no matter what the problem was, ...even compressors.
    seemed like 30% of calls were bad compressors.
    when i was leaving they changed it to $200 for compressors.

    the goal was to do 5 calls per day, but the reality was different.

    i lost too much time playing mother-may-i with AHS,
    a call back or two
    then company started making me go the store for every part,
    and i was slow because i was new,

    i got a check for $190 for 60 hours of work, and they lined up 3 or 4 compressor jobs,

    so i walked off the job after 8 months.



    ...great experience though, nothing beats getting tossed right in.
    wow that sucks.i live here in ny company i work for we do work for american home shield.we dont get paid like that we get our hourly wage.is that even legal what they did to you.wow i can tell you some horror stories about ahs sure you can tell me the same.keep in touch

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    Quote Originally Posted by bustawrench1 View Post
    Ditto.


    Failing that, $12.00 /hr is about what the open (non-union) shops are hiring guys off the street for. Unless it's a resi shop.....then it's more like $8 to $10.00 /hr.

    Yeah I said that "abs is right on thread 1, it's a moot point as this guy probably has no real interest in becoming an apprentice, check his profile .


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    This discussion is a waste of time, and you other two guys are preaching to the choir...sheesh ...............

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlmondEyes View Post
    I filled out an application yesterday and had NO clue what hourly wage to ask for. I figure I need $12 or close to it just to pay my basic bills (rent, electric, car stuff, food...). But I also don't want to be turned down for asking for too much especially since I have NO experience, but if I pass my EPA exam Monday, I'll at least have that under my belt. I live just north east of Philadelphia. Any pointers when I fill out more applications in what to ask for without seeming to be greedy or out in left field or under cutting my abilities?
    california if you use your own tools minimum 16hr

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