Real Trades Math
Mastering math skills are part of many milestones of the trades apprentice’s career path: from being accepted into a a pre-apprentice program (TABE) to a first-year apprentice (ETAA) to a journeyman (LU28 evening classes/associate’s degree).
And that’s what a RTM (Real Trades Math) question is all about: engaging all of your brain on a question that, if well answered, guarantees your crew gets the OT at the end of the shift, that you move up from a 1st year apprentice to a 2nd, because you’re working smart.
- Your supervisor (behind him a bunch of jackhammers) barks out an order to you, in profane vernacular, stimulating Broca’s area (and likely your limbic system).
- You need to visualize where the materials you need, have to fit, into the object you are constructing, visual lobe.
- You need to calculate how much material you need to get the job done, parietal lobe.
- You need to lift and carry the materials to the worksite, sensorimotor area.
- If you are a crew supervisor, you need to make sure your apprentices are safe (OSHA!) following your guidance, getting the job done, frontal lobe.
Our first RTM in this class will be about finding the missing side of an irregular shape measured in feet and inches. The f&i math calculation (temporal) must connect to a spatial relationship (occipital) in order to pull the correct sides into the calculation. This is a difficult procedure, more so because it is hard to communicate (Broca’s area) the correct procedure to someone who doesn’t understand.
Anybody who thinks a RTM question is simple, doesn’t get it. Anybody who doesn’t get it, doesn’t get the OT, to better provide for your family, and future. Trades math will help get you there.