I live in mass. I have 5000 documented hours plus the code classes of 375 hours. I could not find work here. Why I dont know. but i do know that the trade school where i take my code classes have found a significant drop in the trade programs. One young fella actually told one journeyman that he worked for in the summer that when he finishes school he can make more money than him by sitting in a office with all the benifits and 80% less hassel. I went back to writeing CNC programs. Im in a cubicle , work hours are 7-3:30 with 12 paid holidays, 3 weeks vacation, 3 floating holidays and fully paid health insurance. I went from 13 per hour to 62,500 a year. I really wanted to be a electrician but they the electricans took something i was good at and ruined it. I consider the 2.5 years of my apprenticeship a waste of my life.Boxes without covers, Pull conductors thru the pipe with a truck, and then they say how good they are. This whole experiance has left a bad taste in my mouth.I dont blame the kids for not wanting to do this. By the way im 48, with steady work history, never complained, hot or cold, never late or sick and I paid my own health insurance. Just a brief rundown of what I went thru. Not to mention the bounced payroll checks, and the drinking.
[This message has been edited by steve ancient apprentice (edited 11-15-2006).]