Originally posted by Trumpy:
The concept here is, would you ask an Apprentice to do work that you would normally refuse to do?
No... except arrive before
starting time with donuts and coffee!
Joking aside, look at the question in another light...
Would your "rabbi" (mentor, first journeyman, dad - whoever kept their eye on you as a budding spark) ask me to do such a task?
Would you ask a non-app to do such a task?
Lugging 10 bundles of stick up three flights? Sure... cuz if they don't, I'll have to anyway, and it's a normal part of the work.
Hauling cases of 500' wire spools? Yep.
Bust all day behind a hammer drill on your knees mounting 30 1900 boxes in a basement? Uh huh.
Pull a few hundred feet of fish tape and wire through raceways. Of course.
Wallow face first in a drain ditch chasing an imaginary UF cable? Probably not, unless they were being a real PITA.
I don't think it's out of line to have your apprentice (obviously, once they develop the skillset) do all your "menial / grunt" work - especially if you're the one who's got to read the plans, plot your runs, you know, journeyman / master level work.
Other than the occasional "one of the boys" prank (no lasting scars, no workman's comp-worth claims), I'd keep the work steady, the expected results known, and the feedback honest.