Electrical Wiring in the Home/electrician

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I'm thinking of transferring careers and was wondering what are the steps to become an electrician and how long will it take? Also what is the starting pay and what are the working conditions? Can I simply take a 6 month course and start earning a living?

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Al,

With no experience, having some schooling in electric is a definite plus when applying for a job or that you can at least say you've enrolled in a school recognized by your state towards contributing to your experieinse and you can prove that. The point being with out experience you need some thing to show your prospective employer that your serious about your career and your not going to waste his time.

You have to see what course's are available in your area, what they entail time wise and cost wise. I have a guy working with me now who is taking a course with APEX thats costing him $18K. I think its an 18 month course but when he's done it will count towards his time to get a "journeymans" lic or a "Master Electricians license

The plus side to no experience (time spent with a contractor) from an employers point of view is that your "trainable" at least thats the hope. In other words you haven't had time to pick up bad habits working for somebody else and he can get you to do things the way he wants them done. Try to find a contractor who cares about how his guys do work. Obviously you can pick up bad habits instead of good ones depending upon the contractor so look for a reputable contractor and not just anybody. Your electrical education will continue with who ever you choose so make it count. Research the contractors in the area and find out as much about them as you can because they will want to know all about you. Find out what kind of electrical work they do to get a feel for what your going to learn. Some guys just do residential or commercial or industrial. Some guys do all those area's. If you want a well rounded education in electric try to find a contractor who does all 3 or at least residential and commercial. I was fortunate to have had all 3 in my 8 + years with my old boss and it has served me very well over the years.

Bob
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"The Frank Williams School of Electrical Construction". My dear old boss is 100 ! and still going God Bless him. I started working for "Tenafly Electric" right out of high school at 19. He was tough but I learned more working for him in 8 and half years than most guys. We did mostly industrial work while doing some commercial and residential so I was fortunate to be exposed to all 3 areas of electrical construction. The guys I worked with were all good guys and I stay in touch with some of them still. Most of us went into our own buisness's which says something about the caliber of the guys I worked with. We had some interesting clients : Wella Corp. of shampoo fame, Farah Fawcett etc, I didn't buy shampoo for 10 years. It was a great place to work. Pan Am the former airline just before they went under, another great place to work, nice clean environment. C&C Metals, the largest button manufacturer in the US at that time, a not so clean environment but a very interesting place to work, lots of machine's cranking out buttons of all kinds but you had to be on your toes, it was a potentially dangerous place to be . All kinds of action going on around you.

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