How many of you guys got your training in the military?
Did they teach you anything useful there?
Did your state or county recognize your training?
I served in the US Coast Guard, where they taught me Ohms law, and how to wire DC motors. Not very useful stuff for residential wiring, which I do now. They did teach me a good work ethic, which I cannot instill into my apprentices.
County recognized my training but I still had to work in the field for several years and pass the test.
My wife's brother spent Navy time learning computers. He drives a Coca Cola truck now. His knowledge is completely useless in the real world. (I'm a puter guru compared to him!). He really thought he was preparing himself for a good civilian career too. Kind of sad.
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI
Re: How many military electricians?#1517 05/15/0107:39 AM05/15/0107:39 AM
We've received lots of resumes from ex-military electricians. They all seem to contain items such as "qualified on BZQ-X~K". We don't even know what these are, much less need someone qualified with one. On the other hand, as silvrbk mentioned, the ones we have hired have a good work ethic, are always on time, and fill out their paperwork correctly. Sometimes this is more useful to us than a "prima donna genius" from the private sector.
Re: How many military electricians?#1518 05/15/0102:48 PM05/15/0102:48 PM
I spent my last year in the Air Force as an electrician since my previous assignment had no civilian equivalent. Couldn't learn a lot in one year except that I was interested in the trade.
I'll second that work ethic stuff, amazing how the threat of loss of pay and/or time in the brig creates good work habits, like showing up on time. Maybe we should go to mandatory militery service for all.
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Re: How many military electricians?#1519 05/15/0103:25 PM05/15/0103:25 PM
I was an Electrician's Mate onboard USS Ranger CV-61 from '86 to '90. The training that I received helped me some, but for the most part it didn't. I still had to get 8000 hours of OJT to be able to get my license in Houston.
Re: How many military electricians?#1520 05/15/0111:34 PM05/15/0111:34 PM