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Old 07-27-2016, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey there, I'm new to the site. I've been in the trade for 7yrs, I work for a non union contractor. I finished my apprenticeship with Associated Builders and Contractors last year. I'm currently in the process of taking my California General Electrician exam and I'm also looking to join my local IBEW. I have spoken to a recruiter already and was recommended I join after I pass my test. I was also told that after joining I would have to take a JW exam that is given by the IBEW. I hear its a two part test which included a skill test and a code book test similar to the state exam. My question is who here has taken it and how hard is the test. I've heard from some people that its harder than the state exam while others have said its easy. Id like to get some insight from someone who has actually taken it
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Old 07-27-2016, 12:27 AM   #2
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I took that test 30 years ago and the mimeographed answers to it still might be tucked in thousands of 1984 code books scattered across untold landfills all across the country.
You need to find one of those.
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Welcome aboard! When I took the test it was on a Dos computer program. You may want to wait for a younger guy to be more relevant.
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Glad you're breaking from ABC. They're an anti-worker association. If you read about the lobbying and legislation they support it's scary.
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3 weeks ago after 7yrs working for Helix Electric I decided to make a move and join the IBEW, it was an easy move because of all the benefits the union offers but also a tough one because I left behind years of friendship and my own brotherhood of electricians. It happened so fast that I couldn't give a 2 week notice but I have no regrets. I've already taken and passed the journeyman wireman exam. As of today I'm officially part of the IBEW Local Union 441!
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3 weeks ago after 7yrs working for Helix Electric I decided to make a move and join the IBEW, it was an easy move because of all the benefits the union offers but also a tough one because I left behind years of friendship and my own brotherhood of electricians. It happened so fast that I couldn't give a 2 week notice but I have no regrets. I've already taken and passed the journeyman wireman exam. As of today I'm officially part of the IBEW Local Union 441!

So what was on the test?
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I took the test at Local 401 here in Reno about 15 years ago. I don't remember much of it but there were several questions about motor and transformer connections.

One showed 3 transformers and i had to draw a Y connection. Another showed the 6 windings of a 12 lead ∆ motor and I had to number each lead.

I took this test the same way i have taken every other test since high school; first, answer every question that you know the answer to. Calculate your score. If it's not enough to pass, then answer the questions that require you to look something up. If your score still isn't high enough, then do the ones that require math.

By this time, it's pretty likely that your score is high enough to pass so just guess at the others.

I don't remember how much time they gave us, but I was done way early and got 92%.
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