I've literally never heard of that. I think you might be in error here. That's not a slam on your character, don't be offended. I'm wrong about things all the time.
Next week I'm joining the carpenters union, after a 10 year long absence. I was looking at the wage scale and it is quite a bit higher than it used to be. First term apprentices, which is what they'll probably have me be since it's been so long since I've been a carpenter, make $20 an hour. Then there's all the benefits.
I wanted to join the electricians union, but I don't have a drivers license. I was thinking about all kinds of other stuff, anything but hard **** carpentry work, but I don't have a drivers license.
Maybe six months down the road when I'm rolling in cash and can pay off all my traffic fines and other debts, I'll get a license and switch trades.
I'm gonna hang on to my bartender job, too. This job has been sucking because it's only three nights a week, but I haven't let it go because I do really well on each of those nights. It would be perfect to go with the carpenter job.
I'm about to make a ****load. I'm an older guy now, but I am in really great shape. I'm not going to have the recovery of a 19-year-old, but I won't need as much recovery because it's a lot easier for me to pick up a stack of two by fours than nearly any 19-year-old on this planet.
So that's the plan. But you know what they say: when men plans, God laughs.
Mark it on your calender Soup, i am going to offer you some advice and answers.
With your criminal background being in the trades wouldn't hinder you much. There could be some contracts that you wouldn't have a chance to be on, but that would mostly be government, police, military, or anything in securities.
Carpenters are a dime a dozen. Not saying its a bad trade by any means, but it is a lower end skill set and typically lower on the scale of trades. You get pigeon holes pretty quick if you are not careful. If you don't I would diversify yourself early, learn to frame, but get as much finishing experience as you can. Or if you are a glutton, learn to roof and shingle, save some money and start your own thing. Make sure you get the automated lifts for the shingles though. You can make a **** load of money if you are dedicated and not a dip****.
Electrical is my specialty. Construction aspect anyway with service work as my side. Same thing as carpentry about diversifying but it is so much worse.
You have residential, commercial and industrial electricians, then Construction, maintenance, and specialized in each of those fields. There is a bit if crossover, but so much to learn in each one that you won't have much movement without really knowing your ****. There's a lot of **** talking on sites about who is the top dogs, but when you look at wages, skills of the workers, amount of workers neesed and scope of projects, electricians are at the top typically.
To get through the schooling you need to have a strong match background especially in trig. If you cannot deal with trig functions then you won't get through the schooling (Even though you will rarely if ever use it in the feild)
You need a semi healthy body. Yes there are fat pigs out there doing it, but of you can't go up and down ladders all day, crawl around on your knees (and this is huge for electricians needing knee replacements from trimming out and roughing in walls. I will need a new right knee in the next 10 years)
The trades are easy and they are hard. To get anywhere in them you need to work and earn it. The dummies who don't are just glorified labourers who struggle to stay employed.
So there is some insight for you to read or ignore. I wrote it off my phone so I apologize for the type o's
Now to get back to my normal self. Go **** yourself you bum.