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  1. #40
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    Quote Originally Posted by allstar08 View Post
    From what I've seen it is harder to get into the UA then the tinners. .

    What? It's the SAME test.

    It's only harder to get into the UA because they have such a surplus of workers that they don't take on new apprentices/workers as often.
    How many new recuits do you think are going to start if they are 100+ journeymen on the bench?

    I have talked to lot of tin knockers and they do not seem to have the same pride in their union as the UA brothers and sisters, of course there are exceptions.
    I'm not even going to go there.
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  2. #41
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    Actually, I recently took the SMW test and it was more difficult than the UA test. The UA test was simply 6th grade math (30 questions). The SMWIA test was algebra and reading comprehension.

    I guess it depends on your local.

  3. #42
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    I tried 3 times to get in, got the runaround from the hall but found a union contractor that hired me, they union bosses dunno like that, took the test last year and passed it with flying colors.

  4. #43
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    I found a contractor to hire me and introduce me to the hall. I now know it's the "backdoor" way into the system but it's the most effective. If you wait to take the test you will be waiting awhile in these hard times.

    It took me exactly three weeks to go from a non union contractor to a union contractor.

    It was one of the best moves I ever made.

    8yrs non union and now 9yrs as a union tech.
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  5. #44
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    I was also brought in through the "back door". Worked at a large mechanical contractor as a non union tin knocker. Asked enough questions and found the right people to get me into the construction dept. which required me to become a union member. At the time I didn't really know what I was getting into, but it ended up being one of my better carrer moves.

  6. #45
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    when I was 22 I had been out of the US ARMY for 2 years, went in at 17.
    I was fixing air conditioners then and 24 years later still fixing air conditioners!
    I guess I was not an up and coming WIZ KID????????????????????????
    I am getting pretty good at air conditioning now maybe the boss will let me run some jobs?




    Quote Originally Posted by Chet1508 View Post
    I got in 1st try. Pretty much was a no brainier for me. The Non-Union HVAC Contractor I was working for, Plus word got out I was the up and coming Wiz-Kid at age 22 a local Union Contractor who at the time was only a plumbing & Pipe fitter contractor with there lead plumber trying to run HVAC service calls as a want to be HVAC/Control Technician. The owner of the non-Union shop cut a deal with the Owner of the Union contractor. leasing me out to them to run HVAC/DDC & pneumatic controls service and installation. After about a year of being leased out to the Union contractor. They were so impressed with my capabilities. They called the hall and told them don't waste your time running this Wiz-Kid Through any political red tape. We want him and have no problem paying him full Journeyman scale. I was exempted from having to go through the 5 year apprenticeship program that was 90% plumbing and pipe fitter training anyways. I did have a Associates Degree from the infamous Ferris State University
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  7. #46
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    there is no test here.

    you just got to be a McGee!!!!!!!!!!!!

    took me several years!

    my name does not end in a vowel!
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  8. #47
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    No comment.
    I'm not tolerating Political Correctness anymore, from now on it's tell it like it is.

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  9. #48
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    come on Bruce I know you have a comment!!!!!!!!
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  10. #49
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    wiz kid

    this post is like 4 years old!
    who digs these things up?

    I wonder how the wiz kid is doing?

    I guess he is a P.E. by now?
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  11. #50
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    Well Frank, you know I probably got somthin to say but I'm keepin it to myself. How the hech ya been? Haven't seen your ugly a$$ around lately. Gonna get up your way this year.
    I'm not tolerating Political Correctness anymore, from now on it's tell it like it is.

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  12. #51
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    LMAO!!!!!!!!
    i know you have something to say!
    I have been good brother! Busy at work and home.
    I am excited! are you gonna ride up to the hilltop for a beer?????
    you need a place to stay? we got like 4 extra bedrooms!!!!!!!!!!!

    how you been? good I am sure!



    Quote Originally Posted by Texas-Tech View Post
    Well Frank, you know I probably got somthin to say but I'm keepin it to myself. How the hech ya been? Haven't seen your ugly a$$ around lately. Gonna get up your way this year.
    I WILL SELL WORK,GENERATE BUSINESS, GO GET NEW CUSTOMERS!
    YOU SHUT THE HELL UP AND QUIT RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!

  13. #52
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    Gonna ride north one time this year, so yup we'll be looking for ya.
    I'm not tolerating Political Correctness anymore, from now on it's tell it like it is.

    Veto Pro Pak - The best tool bag you'll ever own






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