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Old 02-17-2019, 12:35 AM   #21
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I have 20 years experience as an electrician. I'm 4 months into my first electrical engineering position and I love it.
My company does a fair amount of research and development so I spend about 30% of my time hands on, building my team's designs, troubleshooting, etc.
The other 70% is designing and learning about/how to design.
It's a whole other world. Not good/bad, better/worse, but different.
I enjoy wearing a polo to work now, instead of a uniform.
I started school at 32, and it took me 6.5 years to finish my degree, and about 40k in debt.
But it was worth it to me.
Find purpose and focus on it. Doesn't matter much what it is. Just do it well.
Also, usually always, education is a worthwhile pursuit that pays dividends in many ways. Not just monetary.



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Old 02-17-2019, 03:35 AM   #22
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I have 20 years experience as an electrician. I'm 4 months into my first electrical engineering position and I love it.
My company does a fair amount of research and development so I spend about 30% of my time hands on, building my team's designs, troubleshooting, etc.
The other 70% is designing and learning about/how to design.
It's a whole other world. Not good/bad, better/worse, but different.
I enjoy wearing a polo to work now, instead of a uniform.
I started school at 32, and it took me 6.5 years to finish my degree, and about 40k in debt.
But it was worth it to me.
Find purpose and focus on it. Doesn't matter much what it is. Just do it well.
Also, usually always, education is a worthwhile pursuit that pays dividends in many ways. Not just monetary.
Nice to hear a success story now and again. Good work and good luck in your bright future.
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I have 20 years experience as an electrician. I'm 4 months into my first electrical engineering position and I love it.
My company does a fair amount of research and development so I spend about 30% of my time hands on, building my team's designs, troubleshooting, etc.
The other 70% is designing and learning about/how to design.
It's a whole other world. Not good/bad, better/worse, but different.
I enjoy wearing a polo to work now, instead of a uniform.
I started school at 32, and it took me 6.5 years to finish my degree, and about 40k in debt.
But it was worth it to me.
Find purpose and focus on it. Doesn't matter much what it is. Just do it well.
Also, usually always, education is a worthwhile pursuit that pays dividends in many ways. Not just monetary.

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I have 20 years experience as an electrician. I'm 4 months into my first electrical engineering position and I love it.
My company does a fair amount of research and development so I spend about 30% of my time hands on, building my team's designs, troubleshooting, etc.
The other 70% is designing and learning about/how to design.
It's a whole other world. Not good/bad, better/worse, but different.
I enjoy wearing a polo to work now, instead of a uniform.
I started school at 32, and it took me 6.5 years to finish my degree, and about 40k in debt.
But it was worth it to me.
Find purpose and focus on it. Doesn't matter much what it is. Just do it well.
Also, usually always, education is a worthwhile pursuit that pays dividends in many ways. Not just monetary.



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I am a 5th year union apprentice working for a large electrical contractor. I take my state test in 3 months. My company has shown interest in training me to do estimating and project managing. I was approached today by management about taking advantage of tuition reimbursement. They will pay up to $6,000 a year towards me finishing my electrical engineering license. I started 2 years of my bachelors of engineering. How often do you find engineers that were previously electricians? Would that be an advantageous position to be an engineer with electrician background? I do tend you prefer working in the office but I still enjoy the electrical industry. Thanks.
Pass as many tests as you can. Get your Master's license, and finish your engineering degree. Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test in your senior year, then take your Professional Engineering test as soon as you qualify with the required number of hours under a PE, then keep all of your licenses active. This will make you marketable in whichever area you're interested in.


I'm an NFPA-Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP), a registered Master electrician and a PE specializing in Power Studies and Electrical Safety training and I really like what I do. I just turned 60 years old and the money's good and the work is interesting. I'll probably stop coming in and out of an office in 5-6 years, but I'll always make money doing Power Studies and 70E training classes.


SO my advice is to keep taking tests!


Good luck.


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Happy Friday
I am a 5th year union apprentice working for a large electrical contractor. I take my state test in 3 months. My company has shown interest in training me to do estimating and project managing. I was approached today by management about taking advantage of tuition reimbursement. They will pay up to $6,000 a year towards me finishing my electrical engineering license. I started 2 years of my bachelors of engineering. How often do you find engineers that were previously electricians? Would that be an advantageous position to be an engineer with electrician background? I do tend you prefer working in the office but I still enjoy the electrical industry. Thanks.
Pass as many tests as you can. Get your Master's license, and finish your engineering degree. Take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) test in your senior year, then take your Professional Engineering test as soon as you qualify with the required number of hours under a PE, then keep all of your licenses active. This will make you marketable in whichever area you're interested in.


I'm an NFPA-Certified Electrical Safety Compliance Professional (CESCP), a registered Master electrician and a PE specializing in Power Studies and Electrical Safety training and I really like what I do. I just turned 60 years old and the money's good and the work is interesting. I'll probably stop coming in and out of an office in 5-6 years, but I'll always make money doing Power Studies and 70E training classes.


SO my advice is to keep taking tests!


Good luck.


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Yeah, that’s the direction I’m headed. I really enjoy all the opportunities and I love the electrical field.
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