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Old 12-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #1
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Hello from Austin, TX!
Just recently got my apprentice license but I'm having a hard time finding a job here in Austin. Was wondering if anyone from around the area knows some places hiring as well if y'all could sort of give me a tool list to get started I would really appreciate it! Look forward to your responses, thanks once again!
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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DFW is booming. Have you checked with your local IBEW? Are you green or do you have some experience?
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Old 12-06-2016, 12:58 PM   #3
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In the electrician field I'm green, construction in general I have a lot of experience, currently a surveyor for an excavating company!
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Old 12-06-2016, 01:10 PM   #4
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Section 7.02. Employee's Tool List
(a). Journeymen shall be required to furnish the following
tools:
1 pair Klein side-cutting pliers 7" or larger
1 pair 6" long nose pliers
1 pair 6" diagonals
2 pair Channel-lock or gas pliers
1 pair Tin snips
1 voltage tester (Wiggins or similar)
1 straight claw hammer
1 3/4" cold chisel
1 set of 4 screw drivers
1 set of 3 Phillips screw drivers
1 Plumb bob
1 center punch
1 keyhole saw
1 level - torpedo or larger
1 adjustable tri-square 10" or 12" blade
1 6' wooden rule or 25' tape measure
1 6/32 tap and drill for same**
1 1/4" tap and drill for same**
1 drill for 6/32 bolt**
1 drill for 8/32 bolt**
1 drill for 10/24**
I drill for 1/4 bolt**
1 tap wrench
1 adj. hacksaw frame
I 10" half round file
1 50'or 100'steel tape
1 chalk line
I 8" or 10" crescent wrench
1 complete set Allen-head wrenches 5/8" inclusive
1 flashlight
I awl
1 pocketknife
1 pencil
1 copy of National Electrical code, latest edition
1 tool pouch and/or hand tray

**To be replaced by contractor when broken

(b). Journeymen may furnish other similar, inexpensive
tools (excluding power tools) but shall not be required
to do so.
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Really appreciate it!
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Thank you! Looking forward to getting started!
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In the electrician field I'm green, construction in general I have a lot of experience, currently a surveyor for an excavating company!
I did some surveying early in my career. Property survey and testing.
I started out as a Rodman then got a chance to do the instrument mans job.
Lots of fun, outside, no one bothering or looking over your shoulder.
Learned how to swing a sledgehammer with one hand accurately.
I understand a licensed surveyor can make big money. That's what I heard.

It was after this job I got into the apprenticeship program.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:04 PM   #10
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Is it better to go union or open shop?
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In the electrician field I'm green, construction in general I have a lot of experience, currently a surveyor for an excavating company!
I did some surveying early in my career. Property survey and testing.
I started out as a Rodman then got a chance to do the instrument mans job.
Lots of fun, outside, no one bothering or looking over your shoulder.
Learned how to swing a sledgehammer with one hand accurately.
I understand a licensed surveyor can make big money. That's what I heard.

It was after this job I got into the apprenticeship program.
Yeah, not tooting my own horn but I'm accurate one handed with a 16 lb sledge. See, I've done it for a little over 2.5 years now and it's not something I can see myself doing in the next 5 years. Definitely always been interested in electrical stuff and that definitely sparks my interest a lot more so definitely want to get started in it, just right now I'm having trouble finding a job in the trade but hopefully I get one soon. Don't want to put it off to long!
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Is it better to go union or open shop?
As a newb? Union. Good electricians can do just as well non-union if they know how to negotiate.
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Welcome to the Forum!

You might want to read the Pro Winner Forum (way at the bottom).

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Anyone just getting into this business will benefit greatly by their terrific paths to success.
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