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When I was 19, I joined the Navy. My dad advised me to become an Electrician's Mate. It was a wise move. Four years later, I entered an apprenticeship program and landed my Journeyman's License. Fast forward three years, and I'm an Estimator with a Master's License. From there, things took a strange turn. I ended up working for a road construction contractor supervising their electrical work. Let's just say that it was heavy on the construction and light on the electric because I had more to do with concrete, heavy equipment, rebar, traffic control, and cranes than I did electric work. In another twist of events, I found myself in Afghanistan for a little over two years. I came home to a job I hated. As it turns out the feelings were mutual. They ran me off after about three months (one of the best things that ever happened to me). I sort of drifted for a few months (which was exactly what I needed after being in Afghanistan). During my job search, I ran into my kid's high school choir teacher at the Big Blue Box store (I had a project going at the house). I told her I was looking for something to do on a daily basis for pay. She told me to send her husband an email with my resume. Long story short, I landed here at the Cogen. It's been eight years, and the best job I've ever had. Essentially, I'm back doing what I was doing at 19 years old: keeping the plant running. I recently finished a degree in Instrumentation, and I'm contemplating a degree in Engineering (a huge commitment). At 55, I don't plan on retiring any time soon. I was looking, and noticed that I joined this forum in December of 2001. It's been a short - almost - 20 years. It's hard for me to believe that this kid from the East side of Houston has made it this far. The common thread through it all has been electrical work. It's been an interesting career, and I don't see an end in sight. Forgive me for waxing nostalgic, but this forum holds a special place for me. I spent a lot of time here back in the day. Anyhow, it's good to see a few familiar faces.

The Watt Doctor
Altura Cogen
Channelview, TX
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Nice. I have one question for u. What u learn from ur life. Please share ur thoughts.

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Very happy to hear from you!

My Dad was in the Navy too. Thank You for your Service, Due to a Spinal Fusion in my teens I wasn't eligible to serve.

I've had a variety of different jobs since my working age days... Supermarket Stock Person, WaterProofer, Auto Reconditioner, Mover/Packer, Maintenance Man/Supervisor, Master Electrician ... and finally where I am now.

Every job (and interaction with other Trades) has taught me something and I wouldn't trade it for the world.

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Welcome back!

Thank you for your service. I had a similar issue like Bill and did not serve, although I wanted to.

As to work, I did my time with a few starter jobs, spent 17 years in the retail (food) sector, then went straight to the electrical trade. After a few years working for an EC, I took the plunge and went out on my own.

I did that for 25 yrs, and decided to take a position as an inspector, now, 20+ years later, I'm still at it.

Best parts are a steady paycheck, benefits, and NOT have to be concerned with cash flow issues and the occasional employee issues, although I had a relatively good crew.

Take care and be safe


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