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Old 12-03-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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Thank you for all losing me to join the forum. I highly appreciate it and I also appreciate if I'm given a newbie break for lil while. Ya'll probably get tons of questions from aspirony electricians so don't mean to beat a deadhorse. But I truly am wanting to find as much info as possible. I will get straight to the point. I am 34 year old male that had career in public safety for over decade. That public safety career was derailed by a on the job injury. I have been trying to restart a new career path essentially now for last almost 2 years. Currently in property management but I'm also working part time as an electrician helper. I have realized I love being a electrician helper and I want to become a electrician. I want to establish my new career path in the electrical field. I live and work on alabama gulf Coast. I'd appreciate any and all advice on classes I should or need to attend to start working toward becoming a journeymen. Can I contact a local IBEW office and ask about attending electrical courses or should I also contact local community colleges about obtaining formal electrical education. I'm working as a electrician helper so I'm getting on the job training. But want to establish a more formal path of training. I want to make sure I
Put myself on the best path for success of becoming an electrician. Anyone have advice on schools, apprenticeship programs etc in the pensacola, mobile, gulf shores area? Any company I need to try and get a helper position with in particular that may offer a structured internal training prigram? My end goal is to end working in commercial/industrial electrician field preferably union and/or traveling electrian field or honestly dream job is to become a linemen. Thank you for any and all feedback. Since I am working already as a electrician helper what is best way to document my on job the hours as a helper?
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Old 12-03-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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Go to your local IBEW website and see what they tell you about joining as an apprentice, follow those directions exactly. It looks like Mech gave you a link above, but there might be other nearby locals to look into as well. You can apply to multiple locals, it's perfectly fine.

As far as recording hours, look into your state requirements. In my state we needed to record hours only to get the electrical contractor license. They have a form to download and have the license contractor that you work for sign and seal.
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You might also want to join the local IAEI (international Assn. of Electrical Inspectors).
Here in Birmingham we meet about two hours every 2 or 3 months.

They put on a great seminar with top instructors.

Taking a JC electrical course is inexpensive and the hours will count toward your license.

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