(Closed) Anyone with a SO in trade school? Share your experiences?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
4161 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hmm, I opened it because my husband is in the trades.  His company sent him to school when he started, but the classes were only 6 weeks/year and then you worked and got your experience for the rest of the year and that’s how you got your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and journyman levels…So that seems like a very different experience than what trades people go through in my area…


  • This reply was modified 4 years, 2 months ago by  Ryansgirl.
Post # 4
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Trades are the way to go.  I can’t believe how many kids sit in college classrooms for a college degree that have no guarantee of ever finding a job in that line of work – and take out $100k loans to get it.

I work as an EMT with contractors, and these contractors (electricians, laborers, bricklayers, boilermakers, etc) make around $50 and hour, then Saturdays they make 1.5x, and Sundays 3x.  

It sounds as if your experience is a lot different than what I am used to/heard of, though.  Do they do apprenticeships?  Or is it straight schooling for 5 years… ?

Post # 5
81 posts
Worker bee

My Fiance is in the electrical apprenticeship where we live. He’s a year and a half in. His classes are only 1 day a week every other week. It’s a lot of homework and tests but we still take vacations. His union doesn’t have any paid time off but he can still request days, we’ll be taking a week long honeymoon no problem. He’ll have to make up any school time he misses of course. Work is demanding depending on the job. He’s had some where he worked 10-12 hours a day 7 days a week but the one he’s on now is 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I wouldn’t worry too much about the time constraints but it is a big commitment. If he drops out or gets kicked out he has to pay the money back that they put into training him.

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee

If he passes his interview and is accepted they’ll give him a contract with all the rules and regulations to sign so he’ll know all the details before commiting.

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