I've read on this forum that sometimes 4 out of 45+ students only get hired!!!! If I leave my current municipal "apprentice" lineman job in NJ to go to NLC in Idaho I want to know I've got a very good chance of landing a job, 4 out of 45 is just insane. I can't see that being worth the risk to quit and drive all the way out there, along with getting a 12k loan that I'll have to start paying off 6 months after school.
Could they really be completely lying about their 78% success rate? I'm smart, determined, strong and already have experience; I've hung 75kVA transformers, set 1000kVA pad mounts (all 4160) and know how to climb, I think I'd have a slight upper hand, but those odds just seem ridiculous.
My reason for wanting to leave is that my current job doesn't have any official training (I can't actually get my journeyman ticket with them), and the pay isn't great. The only positive is that it's stable, and with they direction the economy is heading that's sounding very good. I really want to move out west (Montana (ideally!), CO, Utah, etc) and become a Journeyman more than anything.
What are the hiring rates out of other schools? Besides NLC, I was considering Montana Techs program, but I can't find any concrete info on their hiring numbers.
Please chime in with your struggles on getting hired. How long it took, how many resumes you sent out, how many interviews you gave, etc., etc.
Any advice from experienced lineman/apprentices?
Edited by Kilomph, 13 November 2010 - 07:25 PM.