I'm working in the trade now, just started a few months ago, because I really want to learn the trade. But so far all I'm doing is picking up trash and hanging duct, at every job site. Get a feeling thats all they want me to do, so I feel like asking them why not just hire a mexican day laborer? Getting sick of it too cuz I been crawling in mud and am not learning ****. What is the best way to learn this trade w/o paying thousands of dollars for school? I would think it would be in the best interest of my employer to have me learn everything so that more jobs could be done. Currently, I feel like I just follow along w/ the other installer to clean up his ****, either that or he doesn't wan't me to learn. Could I learn from books? I would estimate that if I am taken through a full residential install of Heat and AC that I would pretty much know the basics, but always end up with the **** work.
Also I'm signed up w/ a Union for a PreApprentice Program. Unrelated to the non union job I have. I attend class once a week for 15 weeks. That along with several tests will determine if I'm selected for apprenticeship by next summer. They give credit for work experience.......only thing now is they are giving a hard time cuz I work for a non union shop. Again there, all I been learning is about safety and basic math.