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  1. Godfrey on May 12, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Research best practice electrician techniques in the market/area you’re hoping to work in via YouTube. Acquire basic electrician’s tool and practice on scrap electrical material that are popular in that area. How they fit and work together, why they’re used etc…1900 boxes, romex, plaster rings, receptacle and switch termination etc. Get your hands on a small inventory ($15-$30) of electrical matetial and practice what you find on YouTube as effective, safe, efficient techniques as a start….learn how to use lineman pliers, diagonal cutters, strippers etc. This all goes a long way.

  2. Chris Roman on May 12, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Started off trucking class A since 2007 then added heavy equipment operations in 2013. I really want to learn something new but actually start my own business this time 😅 just dont knownwhat pass to take

  3. The Edge Report on May 12, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Licensed electrical contractor. Just got a pool license, going to start building pools, getting a building contractor license next

  4. sean martin on May 12, 2023 at 10:33 am

    I’ve been a certified machinist for 5 years and an IPC 620 certified specially electronics technician for the last two. Recently while still doing my day job I have been working towards starting my own business using those two skills sets as well as 8 years of servicing heavy equipment in the alcohol industry. I may just be starting out but because of my past experience and verifiable expertise the few clients I have worked for in recent weeks have been willing to pay what I ask. They can see that I am knowledgeable and committed to doing a good job and that makes an impression on someone whether you’re an employee or a service provider to them.

  5. Javier Sanabria on May 12, 2023 at 10:34 am

    I’m 33 looking to make the jump into trades

  6. BluWolf Outdoors on May 12, 2023 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for the vid! Brother in law and I are in class right now getting our commercial gc license. My brother in law has worked in the construction and service industry so he knows industry. Definitely excited for this venture

  7. Gavin Dailey on May 12, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Im 19 making 17 an hour being an hvac installer. And im just a helper, everything this man has said i believe is true

  8. Tyrice Bender on May 12, 2023 at 10:38 am

    (24) 1 year experience. documentation.logged hours.

  9. Conky on May 12, 2023 at 10:39 am

    It’s funny because drywallers known as dry liners in the UK are among the top earning trade that’s if you do the metal framing aswell

  10. Ace Ali on May 12, 2023 at 10:39 am

    24 years old, Certified BMW technician here in MA. Currently in my last semester of College. Ready to pivot into a new trade in the union. If anyone here knows anyone in need please refer!
    On time & ready to learn everyday.

    Great video!

  11. Lazaro Sanchez on May 12, 2023 at 10:40 am

    I’m a boat mechanic I wire up boats from scratch make like 15k a boat

  12. Vypa Gaming on May 12, 2023 at 10:41 am

    Im a fabricator welder apprentice

  13. CallMe King on May 12, 2023 at 10:41 am

    I’m 30 and I’m asking this question 🤦🏾‍♂️

  14. Andrew R on May 12, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Set to x1.50 speed as the regular speed

  15. Dave on May 12, 2023 at 10:44 am

    I’m 30 odds 😂

  16. Rafal Niewiarowski on May 12, 2023 at 10:44 am

    Great video about it construction. Thank you very much. Best regards from Brooklyn,NY.

  17. HVAC Guide for Homeowners on May 12, 2023 at 10:45 am

    Great video pal

  18. Molot Industries on May 12, 2023 at 10:47 am

    First advice: Don’t go to college (unless you are getting an engineering or tech degree) if you’re committed to construction. It’s not worth the opportunity cost of money and time you lose. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, you could own a piece of heavy equipment and have journeyman’s worth of experience.
    Why: All companies and the licensing departments care more about "experience" that you may or may not have. You can B.S. this to a certain degree, but people can immediately tell if you’re fake or real based on how you perform on a job. This is explained below.

    What to do:
    Get people skills. You won’t last long at your job or in your business unless you can get along with your coworkers, bosses, inspectors, and clients.

    Get test-taking skills. The licensing exams are less about your memory and knowledge than test-taking skills and some common sense and plan-reading skills you get from experience.

    Get good at math. Whether you are working in the trades or in the office, you need to be fast at math because volume of jobs you bid on is directly proportional to the number of jobs you get. Khan Academy can teach you basic geometry and algebra that you need for most trades. Unless you work for a top-level architectural or engineering corporation and are designing a custom-made thermal system, you don’t need more than calculus.

    Read the code books. You don’t need to pay for school to read code books. Understanding and memorizing the relevant sections in the code books (NEC and IBC or IRC for electrician) will help you in your designs. All your years of experience won’t help you if you’ve been spending all that time doing it wrong! Learn to do it correctly from the beginning, and you will make those years worth it.
    On a particular job, an "experienced" drywaller was hanging ceilings without offsetting the sheets, and I immediately knew the experience was complete b.s. Apparently, the previous drywallers were also nutjobs who nailed the sheets to the ceiling (we use screws now, but I read that certain ring shank nails are acceptable), and the entire ceiling collapsed. Eventually, I heard that the idiot of a realtor, who was requesting services, got some of the houses condemned by the city and was going to declare bankruptcy.

    There are so many details that have to be considered in the early planning stages of construction and if overlooked, can lead to a disaster. That is why I stress everyone to READ THE CODE BOOKS and use the right dimensional lumber/metal/fasteners/concrete/wire size and type/rod type/etc. and put them in the right place at the right time. Hire people with licenses, certifications, union card, or at least give them an on-site test before allowing them to work. I’d personally hire a teenager who knows his codes, safety, and how to read blueprints over someone with "experience" who can’t tell which box of fasteners to use on which part of the project because his foreman babysat him at his previous job. This leads me to the next topic.

    Work with/for someone and always ask why. Some people hate being questioned, but to be successful in life, you have to understand why things are done the way they are done. Once you gain understanding, it will help you make material selection and design decisions when you work for yourself, and it will also help you in inspections and managing your crew. Sometimes, plans are not drawn correctly, utilities that are neither marked on plans nor found by a locating service show up, material lead times are extended due to some crisis, or equipment/labor you expected are not available and you need to be able to identify the problems and propose the cheapest or fastest solution and explain to the client why they want it done that way.
    I have had to deal with all of the problems above.

    The hardest part about being a business owner and not an employee is that you don’t have a project manager, foreman, or some boss telling you what you do. You have to figure out what materials to put where, and how much it will cost, and how long it will take you, and if you mess up, you are losing your own money. That is why I put being good at math earlier. You need all of the following to be your own boss: Interpersonal and sales skills, knowledge of business law, taxes, and local regulations, trades skills or at least the ability to hire and judge others’ skills. It takes a lot more than being good at installing wire to be your own electrician.

    Interestingly, I started as a commercial estimator without much hands-on experience, but I learned all about estimating, contracting, building codes, and project management in the office. Then, I moved around learning as many of the trades that I could and reading the code books, joining classes, and reading articles about new developments in the industry. After working in carpentry, drywall, electrical, metalwork, concrete, and painting, on roofs, underground, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, on residential, commercial, and industrial jobs with private, city, and tribal clients, I am still learning.

  19. Alex Alex on May 12, 2023 at 10:47 am

    I’m in Glazing in Australia. business in growing stratospheric and literally print money. Hired first employee after 1 year. Putting all money back into the business.

  20. Art on May 12, 2023 at 10:50 am

    hvac then electrical/plumber

  21. Eric Morris on May 12, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Damn! Everyone here in the post started at a young age. I’m already in my 30’s and looking into getting a trade. I should’ve started when my parents first told me after graduating high school

  22. Mark Molloy on May 12, 2023 at 10:51 am

    Very accurate I had same experience trying to get my first job I’m a licensed electrician self employed own my own electrical company now..when looking for your foot in the door for electrical plumbing ect…lie…lie…lie never tell your employment opportunity that you have no experience just fake it till you make it!!!!

  23. Alan Mudge on May 12, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Steel stud and drywall guy here (union and a foreman to be open). I work industrial/commercial and it’s not hard to clear $85k/year as long as youre showing up. That’s a straight 40 hour week I also take on a few side jobs a year when the price is right and usually make around $7-$10k a year there

  24. Michael Roberts on May 12, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Graduating high school or not they should pay the same. Because if a guy that didn’t graduate high school has more experience don’t you think you should go on more experience

  25. ryan gandy on May 12, 2023 at 10:53 am

    Union electrician here in my last year of apprenticeship. Honest work, really good money, and benefits. This occupation changed my life and tax bracket. But elevator technicians make the most.

  26. Brayde Poulter on May 12, 2023 at 10:54 am

    In grade 11 I dropped out of normal high school in Australia and went to Trade School in Australia. I started to pursue my chosen trade plumbing, I knew nothing about the trade but since I was still at school this gave me the opportunity to see if it was really what I wanted to do for a big portion of my life. This does suck but it’s just how you learn, I was thrown straight into work experience and Whistle doing work experience you start to pick up on crucial building and chosen trade skills. This comes at a price, the price is you must keep learning and eventually learn enough to become some sort of valuable to the company in order for them the want to invest into a 4 year apprenticeship for you. I did work unpaid work experience for a whole year whilst still attending a school, (trade school) in order to still graduate school and have credibility to my name for future employers to decide if I’m worthy of the risk in a 4 year apprenticeship or just simply if I just have the skill set to be worthy. This led to me being signed into a school based apprenticeship in grade 12, im now graduated high school and only 18 years old and half way through my first year plumbing apprenticeship because school based apprenticeship’s in Australia only add up to 6 month’s experience. My next goal is to learn as much as possible and complete my 4 year apprenticeship for plumbing then try to get into a fire sprinkler fitter and turner apprenticeship .

  27. Proust451 on May 12, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Our HVAC had a leak. It was significant.

  28. Carter Bacon on May 12, 2023 at 10:54 am

    Should I stick it out in the drywall trade to journeh out? I have about a year and a half in but I’m not really enjoying the work. What should I do?

  29. David Carlile on May 12, 2023 at 10:56 am

    I’m a certified Millwright/Industrial Mechanic. Made good money in industry for a while. Decided I wanted to do my own thing. I live out west in wildfire country so I got into government contracts for pre-fire clearing. Tripled my income within a year. Best decision I’ve made so far. Had my house paid off in just under 6 years from signing. I also have a contractor’s license so during my down time I’ll take a project here and there. Decks, siding, renovation, etc. Something that’ll only take a couple weeks while paperwork is getting done for government stuff.

  30. Live free or die 2021 on May 12, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Union operator makes $46.25 an hour and $50.25 as a Forman here in Oregon. Owning a business is definitely a better way to make money.

  31. Steven Beckett on May 12, 2023 at 10:56 am

    I started in construction early the early ‘00s not knowing how to read a tape measure making $7 a hour never asked or getting a raise till I proved myself and was running a crew a year later making $16 and stayed at it learning different trades along the way an now days I work for myself charging $100-200 a hour everyday with as much work as I want

  32. 200 ForLunch on May 12, 2023 at 11:00 am

    U forgot to mention Construction Managment Chief

  33. The La’Nee Young Podcast on May 12, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Noooo😂😂 “Dad Money…Thanks” Run that back😅

    Thanks for the video. I was feeling so lost but you gave us a lot great information to help along the journey ☮️

  34. Zacco on May 12, 2023 at 11:01 am

    I feel like this is where I want my life to go.

  35. Audelio on May 12, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Finished High School
    Went to trade school for Electrical + Manufacturing
    Did some electrical work and got bored
    Went to the army + After duty I would volunteer at a Auto Skills Center + Worked on Military Diesel and Electrical appliances

    Have now obtained knowledge in both Electrical and Mechanical + I leave the Army in June to work as a Industrial Maintenance Technician

  36. Luka Rodriguez on May 12, 2023 at 11:02 am

    Looking into getting into a tool and die apprenticeship this week. Hoping to get the offer. Super excited

  37. justthinkalittle on May 12, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Simple answer from someone who did it. Just call all the companies and ask if they need help . Then ask if they have a apprenticeship program. Show up and want to learn everyday. DONT SIGHN A NONCOMPETE

  38. Brady Wagoner on May 12, 2023 at 11:03 am

    My brother done cnc and started at 23 an our and he says 90 percent of the time he just sits on his phone all it is is codes and he been working there for a year and a half and just got a 5 dollar raise

  39. Paul Bier on May 12, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Machinist here… We’re the best trade you never heard of…lol

  40. Shrek on May 12, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Got my hvac diploma from trade school and Im being offered 14$ hour Burger King pay BS

  41. Daxota_ on May 12, 2023 at 11:13 am

    I’m glad my dad showed me what hard work is and the essential skills in life. I’ve hung and finished drywall, cut and laid tile, paint, EIFS/STUCCO, laying and tacking shingles on roofs, and some plumbing/electrical. We’re just a hard working middle class family 💪 I’ll be sure to pass these traits on down the line

  42. Free Agent Chris on May 12, 2023 at 11:14 am

    The only way to make money as a drywaller and or a taper, is if you move up and become a damaged drywall repair specialist …
    DDR EXPRESS is a company I started … In the South Texas border dominated by foreign labor.. the only way I was able to win was by becoming the best and getting luxury home repairs..

  43. Err _404 on May 12, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I’m currently a Machinist (Milling and Turning) apprentice for a mold making and dye company, but I wanna branch out into construction or maintenance technology. This video really provided a lot of background knowledge I needed to know.

  44. Alex on May 12, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Can mechanics make a decent living?

  45. Caleb BRUGAnn on May 12, 2023 at 11:20 am

    Millwright apprentice best skilled trade get to do different things everyday and can do any trade

  46. Duc Nguyen on May 12, 2023 at 11:20 am

    This is an exceptionally concise, accurate, and reality based analysis of the industry. It will help hundred of young people truly understand what they need to do to make a living in the construction trades. The funny thing … everything you stated is also valid in the lower to mid tier of the IT and IS industries. Thank you. I am going to make sure I send this to a few young men and women I know.

  47. The Stoner Of Century on May 12, 2023 at 11:21 am

    You only need construction experience or labour experience. If I only new when I was 18 😢😢

  48. Fräulein Hohenzollern on May 12, 2023 at 11:22 am

    I’ll save you 12 minutes of time. Either go to a trade school, or you have to know somebody in the trades that will help you get in. That’s the answer to the title of the video. The rest of the time he talks about a couple trades that don’t make very much but I don’t understand how that was really relevant to the main question of the video which was about how to get into the trades, not about which trades make more.

  49. Just Some Bloke on May 12, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Started doing furniture repair and restoration at $11 an hour in my early 20s. 9 years later im now the shop foreman in the same trade making six figures. I dont have a large crew and its a dying trade, so theres always work, always people needing repairs and lots of opportunity to make a lot of money. The work I do on the side from finish carpentry, automotive upholstering and surface repair brings in another 60 to 80k a year. Sure im never home, but the satisfaction I get from the work I do and the appreciation I get from happy customers makes the grind a little easier.

    Furniture repair and restoration isnt known to be a high paying trade, especially if you work in a shop. Larger furniture company’s might pay you more in their shops. But the skills you learn can bleed into other trades, especially learning basic carpentry, upholstry and painting/refinishing. That way you can do side jobs. I do surface repairs for a closet company on the side when their installers ding walls, door trims or scratch up floors. That company pays me $200 an hour because its cheaper than having to replace the trim and shit. Repairing and restoring antique furniture on the side can also bring in a lot of money. Its not a glamorous trade, but its hardly ever back breaking.

  50. Dan Bock on May 12, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Im 48

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