Is the UA good??
Is the UA a good union to join. Will they help me find a job since im unemployed and have No experience. If you know anything about them and would recommend or not let me know.
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I am a proud UA member, but the union isn't for everyone. There are good arguments for and against them.
Right now, pretty much everyone is struggling, and not many places are looking for new employees, union or not.
Even if times were good, the local I belong to requires a degree in HVAC/R from a Tech. School, or a bunch of experience, before you can get in. Then you start a 5 year apprenticeship program which means 2 or 3 nights per week of night school, while you work during the day at a reduced rate of pay.
The only way the UA will help you find a job with no experience is if you can get into an apprenticeship program. The pluses are that you get good training and have a wage for that five years, AND you become a known quantity to some union-hiring company. The minus is that the apprentice wage is low, and you live with it for five years. That's certainly better than being unemployed, and hey, the position after that five years is probably worth it.
Originally Posted by bt84
That said, you will have a hard time getting an HVAC job with no experience anywhere, because there are experienced, ready-to-go people without jobs.
Since you asked a question without the correct punctuation, you're probably young, and being young, you are now subject to Old F*art Advice, which I give for free.
Finish becoming an educated person. Communication skills are a key ingredient in your success. If you have sent more text messages than the number of short stories you have read, you are in trouble.
If you have no money, you might get a grant or loan to get some more English and math. If you want to do HVAC, get some science, as well.
Not the answer you wanted, but you would be wise to listen.
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Many locals have good training programs. You have to realize that the locals are like states each completely different. Some states have a bunch of locals (Washington) and some have only one (Oregon). Here in Alaska we have 3 in spite of the low State population we have great distances.
Even more than states, the locals are independently run. Different pension plans and rules etc. Each area must be judged independently.
In addition to the different management, policies etc, you have a different economic situation in each local. Both due to the strength of the particular local, but the local economy.
Many locals, like mine, have excellent schools and training. If you can get in one of those with excellent education you have nothing to lose. When I started, I worked part time in an unrelated type job while going to school, then got my first job.
People do sometimes transfer locals but it is not always easy. It happens when a local has more work than they can handle they borrow travelers from other areas, and often allow some to transfer in.
also being an old fart i really agree with your advice . I was lucky , i came from a family of scholars , all older and my uncles and aunts all took me to their school open houses and made me see at a really young age the value of education and READING!! I'm sick of guys telling me "i hate reading i'll just watch you and learn" Yes ojt is important but all the info that you need to make u a great tech is in books and classrooms. I also love the guys that say i'm not going to school on my own time , you'll have to pay me. Sorry for the rant this kind of stuff pushes my hot button.............Jack
Originally Posted by timebuilder
if you want to be employable, you must make yourself knowledgeable. the hall can't teach you everything.
you will start at the bottom. the apprenticeship program will teach and instruct, but to advance farther more quickly, you must do a lot of reading on your on time 'to come up to speed'
to keep on top of this game, after 28 years, i still keep reading and learning (as i'm sure anyone else here).
it's a trade, when you become a journeyman, you'll be able to provide for a family, and live the american dream. (provided this present 'economic slowdown' relents)
Originally Posted by rojacman
In KC you need to have some schooling, and a year or so experience to even get your foot in the door as a service technician. The UA is definitely worth it in the long run, but takes some time to break into.
I see that the fast track in would be first to go and sign up with the local training center or hall(depending how they do it in your area). Then go to the local trade school or community college to get started. Usually you can end up with an entry level position in one of the non-union companys. Once you have at least a little bit of school and some experience this will help you get your foot in the door at the UA.
VAV- Great strategy. In fact my brother did that. He went to the public trade school as you suggested and demonstrated that he was going to compete with them or join them. When they see someone is that serious about it you are way ahead.
I know guys who applied every year for 3 yrs until they got in.
We also recruit into our local skilled good guys to join as journeyman.
Can you suggest any good hvac learning books, I have completed tech school and would like to keep my education going. If you had any suggestions let me hear them. I also welcome any old fart advice that you are willing to give.
Originally Posted by timebuilder
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