A Tool & Die for example is a four
year, 8000 hour on the job training
plus four years of schooling.
Not many employers are going to
invest that kind of time and
support into someone doing it
on a "break from school".
The best thing to do is find a
shop that does welding and fabrication
work and tell them you want to learn.
Take all the crap jobs in the shop and
go from there.
Many high schools have vocational/
technical schools they send juniors
and seniors to for half a day to
get started learning many trades.
Many of these schools offers evening
classes for adults.
I have taught many machining classes
at our local school. For anyone interested,
and, for three years, I taught classes there
for a Dept. of Labor, Bureau of
Tool & Die Apprenticeship program.
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