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the Sheet Metal field of work>>>

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hey, anyone here have any insight into a trade

like sheet metal work????????????????????????

you know, your feelings on it, the pay, the

schooling, the employers, the market and availability

of work etcetry....any info.............

in general....

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one of my boys used to take me out to these sheet metal yards and while he stole scrap, I'd fuck with the cranes... still, he started slapping shit together in some pretty amazing ways and this led to numerous jobs designing and building railings for clubs in a really big resort city, and eventually, led him to some gallery shows in Europe... since then he's been kinda hard to be in touch with... still...

 

H e pretty much taught himself, but that's not to imply that there isn't ALOT to learn... if I were you, I'd just go to a shett metal contractor and ask what he'd be looking for in a new hire... then make yourself fit that mold... you might need some certification on some different welders, OR, you might be able to jump right in on the bottom rung... I know the pay is 'decent' and the work can be hard... so... that's what I got...

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yea, i'm not too sure about starting at the bottom..

the courses around here are for 6 months, then you

apprentice for 4 years....so, there is much to learn indeed.

the pay is very nice from what i've gleaned. while apprenticing

you make fairly decent money that goes up every 6 months

and your living expenses are paid. after the 4 years you

can get your certificate thing to be a 'journeyman'(whatever that is)

and this also entitles you to nationwide employment depending on

the market. at this point you can expect wages of

$30-$40/hour.....not too shabby. this is all i know, and its not

enough. keep the knowledge flowing aye.....^^^

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well... a journeyman is essetially a 'master craftsman', it basically entitles you to run any aspect of a job... I also know alot of that work is unionized, so you might get the best info by attending a local meeting and just asking those guys... yeah, when I said 'decent' pay, I meant starting around $18 - $25 an hour... maybe as low as $11.50 in the first 6 months, but still... I don't think I have anything else to add, so I'll pass the mic...

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