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#43017 - 10/01/04 08:24 PM How did you learn the trade ?
hypress Offline

Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 132
Loc: Charleston WV
How did you learn the electrical trade ?
Apprenticeship ABC,IEC,IBEW,In plant
I served an ABC apprenticeship befor WHEELS OF LEARNING when I worked in Freeport TX. Because of the chemical industry in that area it was mostly an industrial program.I also taught motor classes.

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#43018 - 10/01/04 08:31 PM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
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Registered: 04/20/02
Posts: 928
Loc: Alpharetta, GA

#43019 - 10/01/04 09:04 PM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA
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#43020 - 10/01/04 09:40 PM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
Dallas Offline

Registered: 08/07/01
Posts: 159
Loc: North Salem, IN 46165
My Grand-dad was a maintenance tech/electrician years ago when I was a kid, and I got to spend some Saturdays with him in plant, plus he wired some of my Dad's houses when he had time. He was the one who really fired my interest with books and hands-on "trsining". I was wiring garages by the time I was 13.

Then I did 3 years of IBEW Apprenticeship before the big recession of the early 80's. After that I did the independent route and took classes on my own. And still learning...

#43021 - 10/02/04 04:34 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
I started at 17 with a neighbor that did electrical and plumbing work on the weekends.
He knew nearly nothing, what he did know was wrong, and he passed this information on to me. It took longer to unlearn those things than the year or so I worked with him.
It did, however, help me to land a job with "real" electricians.

The rest has been OTJT, & lots of reading.

You really can teach an old dog new tricks. I learn some things from the greenest of helpers almost daily after 30+ yrs

The place I'm still learning the trade is here at ECN... ...S

#43022 - 10/02/04 05:13 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... OTJT,and 17 years of jumping from one shop to another.
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#43023 - 10/02/04 08:01 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
capt al Offline

Registered: 06/20/04
Posts: 203
Loc: Norton, Ma USA
Voc tech high school, then 3 years with a small EC. Passed the MA state license and did 16 years in an industrial facility. Currently in my 7th year with a large EC in NEW England. Still learning new stuff all the time. I agree with electure the greenest of helpers can teach you new things.

#43024 - 10/02/04 09:29 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
NJwirenut Offline

Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
VoTech HS for electronics, then ~15 years OTJT via several jobs in industrial electronics, like motor controls, drives, PLCs, process control, etc. Picked up residential wiring skills as a DIY and reading the NEC and other books.

After I realized that I could qualify to take the licensing test under the "work experience" provision, I took a license review course at night, and passed the test first time out.

#43025 - 10/02/04 10:26 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
Tom Offline

Registered: 01/01/01
Posts: 1069
Loc: Shinnston, WV USA
In my last year in the Air Force, I was allowed to cross train to being an electrician since there was no civilian equivalent to my Air Force duties. Upon discharge, I happened to be in the right place at the right time & ended up in the IBEW apprenticeship program.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#43026 - 10/02/04 11:37 AM Re: How did you learn the trade ?
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
My folks bought a two-flat in Chicago just before I was born. Mom & Dad remodeled it, including drywall, plumbing, and electrical. Neither were in the trades, BTW.

Same inspection process as a GC.

One of my first memories was "helping Dad", and reaching into a wall cavity through a 2" x 3" opening to grab the piece of Greenfield my dad was fishing.

As I grew older, Dad taught me more about electrical and plumbing. Mostly basic maintenance type stuff.

In HS, was involved in lighting for stage crew. Did some handyman work for the college I attended as "work-study".

Bought my house and re-ran the internals. My boss at the FD found out I "knew electric", and asked me to wire his garage. Bought one of the "electric wiring" books based on the Code. Eventually bought the Code & Handbook (yay handbook!).

Got a few jobs as a call-in guy for some EC's before taking a correspondence class, and working for one EC regularly enough to challenge the exam.

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