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    Thanks for the update. Did the test questions identify the points of interest? Standard elbows are LR but I would have probably calculated both ways unless they stated standard or long radius.
    Congratulations!!

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    Well done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    Thanks for the update. Did the test questions identify the points of interest? Standard elbows are LR but I would have probably calculated both ways unless they stated standard or long radius.
    Congratulations!!
    You are welcome, thank you! And yes, the test questions were related to the points were the measurements are. Things like: what is the rise at point A? or: had the rise at point D been 27 feet, what would be the cut length? or: what is the cut length at B? Things like that.

    And yes, the questions upon elbows all stated that they were standard elbows, but I didn't know for sure what type of elbows were considered standard, so I calculated both both, SR and LR.

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    You have us all pulling for you so keep us posted on your job interview. If we can help let us know.

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    Don't worry in time you'll just Eyeball it like all those journeymen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAYNE3298 View Post
    You have us all pulling for you so keep us posted on your job interview. If we can help let us know.
    Thank you!! Interview is scheduled for tomorrow Monday at 12:00. I am so excited about this! I am a newbie in the business, but I sure work hard, have good work ethics and I'm a good fast learner, willing to put all my effort in get the job done. I hope I can convey this to the boss and he gives me the chance.

    I'll keep y'all guys posted on how it goes. I'm so nervous!!!

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    Do research on the company you are interviewing with and think about how you can be an asset to that company. Your enthusiasm is evident here and if you get that across in the interview you should get the job.

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    Freya, My advice would be to move to Seattle and get a couple years in as an installer. You could easily land an apprenticeship as an electrician and I know plenty of people looking for motivated employees like you. There's plenty of work here. After you get enough experience under your belt jump ship, start your own business and if your good you should easily clear a $100K a year.

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    OMG guys!!!! I got it!!! I got the job!!! I start tomorrow morning!!!

    The interview was no doubt one of the most enriching, enhancing, rewarding and beautiful experiences I ever had in my life. I got to the company this morning, and there was the owner, who promptly introduced me to the journeyman. Nicest people ever, I swear. I showed them my credentials from the Merchant Marine, and told them that such paperwork was only meant to back up my academic training and courses, that I really had very little practical experience, but that I was convinced that I could do the job. I told them that, in my trade, we were supposed to learn how to be "jacks-of-all-trades" (when something goes wrong in a ship and you are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by water, it's not that you can call for parts or mechanics and have them on the site in say one hour, and the ship needs to keep going, so you deal with what you have and get the job done). Well, lo and behold, that was EXACTLY what they were looking for. I told them that I was willing to put all I have in learning as much as possible and doing a good job, and the guy was obviously thrilled!

    So he and the journeyman took me to the workshop, where there were a couple more guys. One was grinding and the other was welding. Then the owner asked me if I was sure of what I was getting into, to which I promptly replied "Yes Sir, I am, this is exactly what I studied for, and this is exactly what I want to excel at". So he took me on a tour along town to several factories where his company had done, or was doing the refrigeration work. Amazing does not even begin to describe it. I am talking about big ice cream, cheese and meat plants, so what can I tell you guys that you don't know already, right? Gargantuan work, and first class at that.

    In the ice cream factory, we went to the roof to see the cooling towers. I am sure the guy was testing my, shall I say, ovarian fortitude in my case? Oops, pardon my french gentlemen. My training going up and down those cargo holds and pilot ladders sure paid off here. So, through the stairs in the scaffold goes Freya, all the way about 40 feet up, followed by the owner. I kept telling myself "do NOT look down, don't do it", but of course my masochistic side got the best of me, lol. Anyway, so up to the roof we went, saw the beautiful engineering work, and then back down. The guy was nice enough to go ahead of me this time, and stopped at every floor to check if I was ok, since I was going down backwards, as we usually do in ships when the stairs are steep; it is much easier that way, at least for me.

    After that, we went back to the office, and the guy called the recruiting company and told them that he wanted to hire me. They asked him how long my days would be, and what would be my salary. He told them "I want her started at $15.00/h". My jaw dropped right there! I was thunderstruck! That was much more than I was expecting!

    The best part of the story, let alone the pay, is this amazing opportunity to put my skills to work in some beautiful and fine work, to be taught properly by outstanding professionals, and to grow in a company that is like a family, doing a work I love and with some amazing, caring and outstanding people who are giving me the chance of my life.

    I cannot be anymore grateful and blessed right now. Words alone cannot express how big this is for me. I really want to be able to convey my immense gratitude to all of you gentlemen, who have given me such good vibes and advice.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I take my hat off to all of you guys.

    God bless any and all of you, like He has blessed me today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Colver View Post
    Freya, My advice would be to move to Seattle and get a couple years in as an installer. You could easily land an apprenticeship as an electrician and I know plenty of people looking for motivated employees like you. There's plenty of work here. After you get enough experience under your belt jump ship, start your own business and if your good you should easily clear a $100K a year.
    That is some excellent advice Sir, and I appreciate it so much, but in my own personal situation, there are a few "buts" to it. I'll try to explain it real quick.

    As I mentioned in my first post, I have recently been through some life-shattering experiences, who probably would make the most balanced of humans go absolutely crazy. Such are the death of my dear Father, the end of my long term marriage in the most callous, insidious and unexpected way, and the death of my dear Mother in the midst of it, which was the last straw; she got killed by a car while she was happily walking in a sidewalk, going to celebrate my niece's birthday; a driver who wasn't paying attention invaded the sidewalk and ran over my sweet old Lady. My brother saw the whole thing happening, since he was outside smoking a cigarette in his balcony and the facts occurred at about 200m of his building. I don't want to sound like the broken siren of a waaaaahmbulance, but saying that the past 2 years have been hard would be a serious understatement. PTSD, night terrors, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts on the daily, you name it.

    I feel that I have finally stated to recover my value as a professional and as a human being, and it's all thanks to my determination to let things go, after grieving for so long and after asking God every single day "why?" Not to mention the help of my dear friends, who are like family to me. Their support has been of paramount importance at this crucial point in my life.

    God has been there for me, anytime I was down. Something that I can't explain with only logic or science has allowed me to keep going every day, one foot after the other. I am finally at the point I needed to be in my life, and from there on it can only get better.

    Seattle's weather is gloomy, very gloomy. I am not ready for that right now. I don't know exactly how that could affect my mood, but I know it would. And I know nobody up there. I need my support group. And now I found my dream job.

    Also, for personal reasons, I like to think of me like a grateful person. Gratitude and kindness are the biggest legacy my beloved parents left me. I have been given this amazing opportunity by some kind people, and I cannot let them down. If they put the time and effort in teaching me things, let alone PAYING me for learning, I must be grateful and appreciative for that. I couldn't abandon them once I feel that they have taught me everything I need.

    This is not to say that years down the road life takes me on a different path. But if that's the case, I would never want to look like I have "used" the ones who where always there for me when I most needed them, and after I got what I needed I am saying bye bye, seeya. I know how it feels to be used, and it is something I wouldn't wish upon anybody.

    Does that make sense?

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    Hey Freya, welcome to the site! That is some awful stuff that you have been going through. I am sorry to hear about it. I just wanted to say that it sounds like you have worked very hard to get where you are at. Congratulations.

    You are a good story teller. It's fun to read them. Keep em coming!

    Also, I worry a little about your age. It sounds like you are probably able to run circles around everyone around you, but please be careful and try not to overdo it. I don't want to read about how you blew out your knees or how you are stuck on the floor of your home for a week because your back locked up. With the stuff that it sounds like you will be doing, you will probably be working with others most of the time, so don't be afraid to ask for help with carrying or lifting stuff. Even so, just climbing up and down ladders all day will eventually take it's toll.

    My advice would be to keep an eye out for future opportunities. With your math skills and a little more schooling, maybe you could be an engineer.

    As I said, keep the stories coming, and good luck in your journeys!
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    Nice to wake up to good news.........

    Congratulations

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