Ouch!with books and so on it costs about $3600.
I can't say much about taking a class and then finding employment in construction. Maybe soneone else here has some information on that. There are a lot of construction managemet jobs that require schooling.
I got into plumbing because of the money. Guys I knew were making three times more than what I had topped out at working in bicycle shops. It was mechanical work, but without the pay. I knew some people from church, and while I was getting my hair cut, I mentioned it to the wife of a guy that owned a large shop. Even though I had been a mechanic for eight years, they wouldn't let me use tools. They had me working in the warehouse and picking up supplies for the "mechanics". After six months I bugged them enough that they put me on a construction crew and handed me a shovel and a pick.
After eighteen months of that, I was put with the bosses younger brother. He had access to the job reports and could see that jobs that I worked on came in on time and without problems. I worked with him for eight months. During that time, he let me know that it was because of him that they hadn't started me off as a plumber. He thought the part of town I had come from was too "nice" and I wouldn't know which side of a shovel to hold onto. He didn't know that our favorite past time growing up was moving dirt with shovels and building forts. Later I was "his" boss.
It was mainly new construction, and layout seemed easy to me. I was plumbing five homes a week with an apprentice and a helper. Later I switched to mult-family and commercial. I've worked union and non-union. The largest shop was the first one. One hundrend and fifty on the plumbing side and the same amount on the electrical side. When that went bust in the early 80's, ten of us started a commerical shop, calling ourselves Phoenix Mechanical. Rising from the ashes of Crown Custom Plumbing. Later Careco,
Loyal Mechanical/Pioneer Plumbing and McDonald Plumbing. Slid in the middle of that was my developer stage, building homes. But you have to start somewhere, somehow. If you like installing and fixing things, it hardly seems like work.
I do think that it's easier to start with a large company that is doing construction. There are more places they can put you with supervision. A small shop needs everyone to be up to speed pretty quickly.