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Local CT Sign??

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by OutlawsLimited, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. OutlawsLimited

    OutlawsLimited New Member

    Jan 24, 2010
    Wonder how many local shops interested in free help in exchange for hands on apprenticeship?
  2. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    How long do you think this apprenticeship will take ??
  3. James Burke

    James Burke Being a grandpa is more fun than working

    Jan 2, 2010
    Mitten State
    As a former tool and die maker, technology has condensed the average lead time for building a stamping die or an injection mold from 12 to 16 weeks...all the way down to 3 to 4 weeks...sometimes quicker than that. That represents approx. a 75% lead time reduction.

    So...the average apprenticeship that used to last approx. 4 years (8000 hours) should be down to somewhere around 8 months to a year...right?

    Wrong. I would say a minimum of four years (with schooling) for an apprenticeship. Throw in another three to four years to become a competant journeyman...and another three or four years to become a master craftsman.

    Typical pay rate for an apprentice is 50% of journeyman rate, with incremental pay increases every six months ending with 100% of journeyman rate at the conclusion of the apprenticeship.

    If possible, see if they will document your time so you can obtain certification through the department of labor.

    Formal apprenticeships (with a written agreement) are very few and far between these days, but if you can find one...by all means avail yourself.

    Last edited: Sep 21, 2010

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