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Old 03-16-2017, 06:31 PM   #21
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[QUOTE][If you're really young, consider the US Navy. ( power plant and comms, both )
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Good call. I don't know why I missed this one. I worked with an outstanding marine electrician from the U.S. Coast Guard who transitioned into industrial then construction. Any ex-military tech.'s I have worked with are solid. There are other benefits to military time as well, like discipline, communication skills, and organization. The military seems to see cutting edge technology as well. Well done sir, for adding this one.
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Old 03-18-2017, 11:00 PM   #22
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[If you're really young, consider the US Navy. ( power plant and comms, both )
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Good call. I don't know why I missed this one. I worked with an outstanding marine electrician from the U.S. Coast Guard who transitioned into industrial then construction. Any ex-military tech.'s I have worked with are solid. There are other benefits to military time as well, like discipline, communication skills, and organization. The military seems to see cutting edge technology as well. Well done sir, for adding this one.
My first job in this field. I worked with one guy that was navy trained. He was pretty good. Bad part was he was older and didn't keep up with the changing technologies. Over all he was well rounded electrician.

The other guys on staff myself included really didn't have much if any formal education or training. We would get the issues resolved sometimes just not in a timely manor
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how come you want to jump straight into an industrial maintenance gig?

i'd say start off with construction ... learn how to install the system before you learn how to troubleshoot it. in my opinion.

also, around here, i dont know too many places that hire apprentices for their maintenance crew ... mostly journeymen with lots of experience.
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Old 05-14-2017, 02:05 PM   #24
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I did construction in union shops start with this company and ran thier construction jobs got the opportunity and now I'm on a service truck the last 12 yrs. Last week I did the following
Oil samples 34 kv solar transformers
Removed rec feeds from office furniture
Tested remote solar lamp pole
215 kv switch maintenance on 100 MWATT solar farm
High bay light replacement quote
Meggered a motor for a HVAC teck
My point is I used every bit of my experience and trianing and I do this every week. Usually no prints and all my trouble shooting skills learned on the job.
I hope I don't have to go back to construction there was no challege or satisfaction running 1000s of meters of conduit and teck cable.
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It seems that a 2-year degree from a tech school/ college is the way into the trade now. Back in my day it was a 4-year, state run apprenticeship in a union shop- that's how I got my start.
I still think this is the best way, but with shrinking unions and less people entering the trade I think this may go the way of the dinosaur...
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After reading several threads on this. I figured I would start a thread on this. I hope this to become a go to thread for folks looking to get in to this. I hope to get more ideas besides join the union. I'm not anti union, just think all options should be explored
Since you are in the States, I can't offer much from Canada.
I don't know the hiring practices, rules etc.

So I'll pretend you are in my neck of the woods, northern Canada.
First, get your first aid. That's free at WSCC training.
Next take supervisor training, also free.

Also get a criminal records check, drivers abstract and any other training you can get before hand.

This shows a potential employer that you are serious.
You are gung ho and want this job.

Best of luck
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It seems that a 2-year degree from a tech school/ college is the way into the trade now. Back in my day it was a 4-year, state run apprenticeship in a union shop- that's how I got my start.
I still think this is the best way, but with shrinking unions and less people entering the trade I think this may go the way of the dinosaur...
Depends on the state. In the state I use to live in you need 8000 hours of applicable work to sit for the license.

IMO, less people entering the field = bigger bucks for those of us that are already here.
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