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New Electrician Wants to know... #60244 12/26/05 04:12 PM
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Elviscat Offline OP
I'm only 16, but I've been around the electical trade for almost all my life, that and this forum have given me a decent basic understanding of how electricity works

however my friend, who is also 16 has just begun working in the trade, working for a fairly large contractor, and like usual he is told "run this wire here, hook these wires to these wires" etc. and he wants to know how it works in a very basic sense, could anyone here give him a basic description? Maybe some tips for begginers? I'll direct him to this thread, Thanks in advance


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Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60245 12/26/05 04:46 PM
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JoeTestingEngr Offline
Hi Will,
This is somewhat like you asking us to explain the meaning of life. My answer was to work for Steve. Steve would show me what needed to be done, how to do it and why. He would show me, supervise me on 1 or 2, and get to a point where he felt that I had it down. Steve has gone to be with the Lord but I'm sure that there are many out there like him.

The main concept that I want you and your friend to grasp Will, is your mortality. We tend to do things when we are young that could easily end or severely alter our lives. If you do your work safely, and work for a craftsman, you'll learn like a sponge.
But if you want the first official tip... Measure twice, cut once.

Good luck to you and your friend.

[This message has been edited by JoeTestingEngr (edited 12-26-2005).]

Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60246 12/26/05 08:40 PM
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LoneGunman Offline
I can't believe a large EC would hire a minor, any EC for that matter.

Edited: Nothing against the minor, I meant for liability reasons.

[This message has been edited by LoneGunman (edited 12-26-2005).]

Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60247 12/26/05 09:42 PM
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frank Offline
We start them that young in the trades here in Canada but then you can marry at 14 and you serve booze at 16 if your parents agree so...
To start an apprenticeship you used to have be 16 with a grade 10 edumication.I don't know about now though
yes i know how to spell
Get some good books with laymen drawings if you want to learn the basics quickly.And make yourself indispensable as a helper.

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Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60248 12/27/05 11:42 AM
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Sandro Offline
Hehehe, "hiring minors", my dad used to bring me on the job from the age of 5. Yeah, now at the age of 34, you can say I got brainwashed into the trade.

Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60249 12/27/05 12:04 PM
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jw electric Offline
My two oldest children are girls and both have married with children of their own. When the oldest was 15 and the second was 13 I had them pulling wire in an apartment complex. These two girls roughed in an 8800 square foot building except for the drilling by their selves. It passed inspection and I did nothing to help them. Come trim out and every circuit worked. I can’t say this much for the other electricians that were on the job site.

All this to say that a minor can work on an electrical job as long as certain criteria is met.

Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60250 12/27/05 12:52 PM
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gfretwell Online Content
I was over at my daughter's house working on something and I hollered "can someone bring me the 8" red handled screwdriver from my bucket"
A minute later my 2 year old grandaughter showed up with it.
She wanted to know how it worked and actually figured out how to run in a screw.
I figure she will be doing my trims in a year. [Linked Image]

BTW I beat the adults up for sending her along with a screwdriver, they all said "huh?"

She just heard "red" and brought me the only red thing in the bucket. Nobody else was around.

Greg Fretwell
Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60251 12/27/05 03:48 PM
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e57 Offline
California would limit you to 18 for the handling of power tools...
Anyway, back to original post, I would say for you, and your friend, some books are in order... (Basic therory, and fundementals) There is much too much to cover in one post. After that, you could hit us, and the people you work for with all the questions you are going to have after some light reading... [Linked Image] Been at this 15+ years and learn more all the time.

Some places to start...

And a whole section on this forum for questions like this....
Electrical Theory and Applications

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60252 12/27/05 06:09 PM
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Elviscat Offline OP
Thank you all, in Washington State you can work at 16, as long as you don't use power tools and there are severe limitations on amount of hours legally worked, I got eased into the trade by my father, he'd take me on small jobs from age ten or so and show me how to do things, like install recepticles, make splices, put on cover plates, pull wire, of course he'd always double and triple check all my work, now that I'm 16 he trusts me to do most work on my own, and just recently I've begun working in panels. The reason my friend got hired is that the contractor is his girlfriends father


Re: New Electrician Wants to know... #60253 12/27/05 06:33 PM
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e57 Offline
"contractor is his girlfriends father"

Phew... Thats another learning experiance all together....

Bet he's exhuasted everyday after work! [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by e57 (edited 12-27-2005).]

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
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