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Old 03-19-2017, 05:13 PM   #121
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I too am from Central CA. You need to get into an apprenticeship or become a certified trainee if you want to continue in this trade. ABC and WECA have non union apprenticeships. IBEW local 100 is the union apprenticeship. You can also become a certified trainee (ET) through Fresno City College but I think you would learn much more in an apprenticeship. Either way, it's very busy here and contractors are hiring. You'll make a lot more money as an employee if you do commercial/industrial work rather than residential. Go down to IBEW local 100. They can talk to you about getting into the apprenticeship and while you're waiting, you can go to work as a CW. You'll probably go to work as a CW-6 and make around $21/hr. Good luck. PM me if you need any more details.
P.S. - quality counts when working for a contractor just as much, probably more, as doing piece work.
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Old 03-19-2017, 05:36 PM   #122
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I too am from Central CA. You need to get into an apprenticeship or become a certified trainee if you want to continue in this trade. ABC and WECA have non union apprenticeships. IBEW local 100 is the union apprenticeship. You can also become a certified trainee (ET) through Fresno City College but I think you would learn much more in an apprenticeship. Either way, it's very busy here and contractors are hiring. You'll make a lot more money as an employee if you do commercial/industrial work rather than residential. Go down to IBEW local 100. They can talk to you about getting into the apprenticeship and while you're waiting, you can go to work as a CW. You'll probably go to work as a CW-6 and make around $21/hr. Good luck. PM me if you need any more details.
P.S. - quality counts when working for a contractor just as much, probably more, as doing piece work.
I agree he should get into an apprenticeship, IBEW, ABC, or WECA all offer the federally approved programs.

I would avoid the ET program, as many jurisdictions outside of California do not recognize the program, therefore you jeopardize your ability to become licensed outside of the state.
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