I have been working as an apprentice for the non union for the last 1 1/2years, but the truth is I got 15 years of electrical experienced from my country since moving here in the U.S. . I found that the electrician I have been working for the non union has a very shallow knowledge in terms of their trade. Somebody told me that I could join the union of the IBEW and take the journeyman test if I am qualified, which I think I am. I want to study first to take this test. I want to know what kind of materials and subject they are studying from first year to fifth year. Can somebody give me some information, in term of books they are reading,
In my area (Maryland/Washington DC) the journeyman's tests are only about two books: 1. National Electrical Code Book 2. The local amendments to the National Code in the area where you are going to take the test. Get a current copy of BOTH and DO NOT try to memorize them! The journeyman's tests I have taken are all about finding out if you know how to USE the books, NOT IF YOU HAVE MEMORIZED THEM.There are many practice exam books on the market. Just buy a few and practice looking up the answers in the code books. Do not be afraid to take the test and fail. If nothing else, by taking the exam you will know what you are getting into the next time. Best of luck, Pat
Your first step should be to contact your local IBEW. They can tell you the rules and the books you will need. Many do not allow any "outsiders" to join by taking a test. Some do. Some only require you to be licensed.