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I am registered for the apprentice test in Alabama, next month. This is the Apprenticeship program of the plumbers and pipefitters local union. There is an application fee. This is for the selection process. Since there are a number of unemployed in the area I know that there will be a lot of competition. Any suggestions for the test, or a good study guide I can get to help increase my chances? Please, any help.
 

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sorry Jim. we're all a bit bushed from yesterdays fun (inside joke)

The best publication available is a copy of whatever code book (with commentary) your state adopted. Everything you need to know about plumbing, practice, design and theory is in that book.


Oh yea and a bit more advise. Sarcasm; not so good from an apprentice and a junior member in a forum full of Masters. If you don't know your place in the pecking order, you are already off to a bad start.
 

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That is one funny picture.

If this is a test to qualify as an apprentice, that might be different. Here in utah you have to pass a college entrance test. Math and Reading mostly.:laughing:
 

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I came to this site for an anseer to a specific question. I thought that the question was specific enough for everyone to understand. It took somewhat of an insult to get a response. If pecking order is important, let those at the top remember their time at the top is finite. Younger ones will climb the ladder to the top, over time. All skilled trades should strive to preserve that particular trade. In helping new people to attain the status of a skilled trade, reaching down to pull up someone new should be a priority. A plumber should know that along the way, their feathers might get a litte wet. A question, as important to the one who asks, should elicite a large number of knowledgeable responses. If there were people from Alabama they should have responded. thanks
 

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Did you not get a response? Or did you want more? Alabama, Texas, Ohio, it makes no difference where you are testing. In all states, the best prep is the code with commentary. That's what your test is based on.

As gently as possible I suggest an attitude change if you want to get anywhere in this trade. At the top, we are a very tight group and no, we don't feel the need to share our knowledge with anyone that comes down the pike. You need to prove your worth first. It's like the marines, we're the few, the proud, the licensed masters.
 

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Are you currently working? If so ask one of the journeyman if he took the test and see what all it entails. I would try asking the place I signed up for it if they had any kind of references you could get to prepare for the test.
 

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I won't be gentle.
Just because you post a question you think we should be tripping over each other to help you out.
Some times we are busy, sometimes we have opinions but keep them to ourselves because they may not pertain to your inquiry.
As far as saying that anyone from Alabama should have responded, why? Are you special? With such high unemployment in your area I am surprised that your local would even consider taking on new members. My only hope is that someone from your local sees this, figures out who you are, and s**t cans your application.
Learn respect, earn respect, teach respect.

The advice NHmaster3015 gives you is about all you will get on this site with that attitude. Take it, it is good advice. Now go get a glass of milk, grab a cookie and get studying before mama says its bed time.
 

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UA, this guy is so typical of what I run into. I teach 1st and 2nd year apprentice classes for the state. These guys come into the trade thinking they are gods gift to plumbing. All attitude and bullshit with very little to back it up. Most can't do 5th grade math and have no idea how to read a tape measure. But we should all bow down and thank god that they have decided to become plumbers. The best thing any of these guys should learn is to keep their hands busy and their mouths shut.
 

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:)If you two are tag teaming Im out of the ring. Even if youve been plumbing over 30 years and get something wrong you'll hear about it here- not to mention with attitude.
 

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I remember my old plumbing instructor saying
OK sit down shut up and listen up. When your old enough to smoke and hold a license then I'll take advice from you. Dan Huntress where ever you are Thanks for being cranky you made me listen :thumbsup:
 

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sorry Jim. we're all a bit bushed from yesterdays fun (inside joke)

The best publication available is a copy of whatever code book (with commentary) your state adopted. Everything you need to know about plumbing, practice, design and theory is in that book.


Oh yea and a bit more advise. Sarcasm; not so good from an apprentice and a junior member in a forum full of Masters. If you don't know your place in the pecking order, you are already off to a bad start.
What did I miss yesterday, NH Master?
 
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