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#16524 - 11/12/02 09:39 PM Apprentice Training for Dummies  
sparky66wv  Offline
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Jimmy is confident that he passed his test today. So now it's time for me to figure out this "teaching" thing, being efficient, without much confusion, and trying not to pour too much info at once...

So, any advice at all? It's all on-the-job training here, after the initial license test. No classes available 'cept for Sally Struthers on TV...

I plan to get a 2002 NEC Handbook ASAP and a new UGLY's (2002 out yet?). Any other books recommended?

Thanks for any and all help and advice given.

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#16525 - 11/12/02 10:29 PM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
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i would favor the initial [/i]structure[/i] of the NEC, i.e.-first 3 chaps, etc, and work on the terminology as you progress, pepper it with some theory....

of course show & tell always goes a long way..... [Linked Image]

coincidentally my bro & i are breaking in a new 'recruit'lately, he did well at drill 101 today

#16526 - 11/12/02 10:38 PM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
falcondfb  Offline
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Jersey, USA
I remember my first day at my first elec job. I asked the boss what was the diference between the brass screw and the silver screw on a rec. he told me and handed me a stack of 40 service calls. the job was at a university.
I am a big fan of hands on now, but backing it with theory make things ALOT easier.

#16527 - 11/13/02 06:47 AM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
gramps  Offline
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66.....teach him that his screwdrivers are NOT current-rated, and they last longer if he'll shut the power off first. also, to give his wires a little tug after he terminates, to see if they'll stay where he puts 'em. [Linked Image]

#16528 - 11/13/02 03:14 PM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
Pearlfish  Offline
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Chicago Ridge, Il, USA
Virgil, To keep the flames to a minimum, I'll stay out of this one. [Linked Image]

Give my congrats to Jimmy!

#16529 - 11/13/02 05:48 PM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
sparky  Offline
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It's hard to think back when we started, what was impressionable,etc....i guess this is an opportunity to do so...

#16530 - 11/13/02 06:42 PM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
Tom  Offline
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Shinnston, WV USA

Get Jimmy a copy of "Electrical Wiring Residential" by Ray C. Mullin. It is expensive ($45 to $50) but is well written, plenty of excellent graphics. Mullin also wrote an industrial book too, I think. If it is as good as the residential book, probably worth a try.

After he's been at it awhile, get him his own copy of "Soares Book on Grounding."

I've always told my students that if they can make good connections and get the grounding right, they've gone a long way toward making a safe installation.

Wish him the best of luck from me.


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

#16531 - 11/14/02 01:17 AM Re: Apprentice Training for Dummies  
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Wish I had something to add, but I might think of something later on, then post it.

I'll stay off the eelektrikal injunear stuff!

Scott s.e.t.

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