Thinking back, electricity always intrigued me when I was growing up. Always tinkering and doing experiements with dad's stuff
After high school I went through a 2 year technical school course for construction electrician. From there I moved to the big city and enrolled in a local 4 year apprenticeship program.
In the early 80s after I had gotten my journeyman's license, the economy was in terrible shape, work was almost nil. Not one that likes to work on the road, I decided that if I was going to be broke, I might as well be broke back in my hometown in northern Minnesota.
I worked as a journeyman wireman for various contractors for a number of years doing every kind of wiring under the sun from residential, to commercial/industrial, institutional wiring. I was acting foreman on a few various commercial jobs until a maintenance electrician position came up at a local manufacturing plant, I hesitantly applied. I loved construction, but the money, benefits, and the promise of steady income forced me into this maintenance position. I've been in maintenance now for going on 14 years.
Shortly after I started the maintenance position I decided to go for my masters license. I had a contractors license here in Minnesota for about 5 years before I realized that it was just too much to handle both a rotating shift schedule at the plant and being an electrical contractor. With over 40 other electrical contractors in my area to compete with, I decided to drop my contractor's license. Here I am today!