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Old 02-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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North Carolina - Opportunities/Overview/Outlook

Hello all,

I am in interested in learning the trade and I am currently considering avenues for apprenticeship. I am located in PA but I am very interested in opportunities in North Carolina (Asheville and elsewhere - Durham area). Looks like there may be more work in this area of the country. I have wanted to relocate to NC for some time and I am considering doing so this Spring.

Presently, I am working as a laborer/driver but I have worked in many different settings. I have discovered that I like jobs where I am active and moving rather than working at a desk.

I know how to listen, follow instructions and show up to work on time. I'm clean, mindful, personable and drug free. I have a BA, though I fully understand that it is irrelevant to learning a trade and that I have to start at the bottom like everyone does. I like working hard and learning new skills. I enjoy being around good, smart, talented, capable people that I can learn from. I am older, motivated and I know how to work.

I have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support For Healthcare Providers (CPR and AED) Certification - Training Center ID# and Instructor ID# available.

Ultimately, I'd like to learn construction, industrial, PLC/PLRs and any machines or electronics I can get my hands on. However, I would work in just about any environment to gain experience. I don't mind gruntwork at all but I want to learn. Ideally, my employer understands this and doesn't mind sharing knowledge. I'd like to get started in May, possibly sooner.

My questions are:

-What does the current work outlook in NC look like?

-What are the wages (a helper or apprentice might expect - union/non-union) and cost of living like in these areas?

-Are there any alternative apprenticeship programs in the state?

-Do you know of any opportunities in the area or know of any contractors or companies that are looking for helpers/apprentices

-Any info you have on IBEW 238/553 apprenticeships and work outlook would be appreciated.

Please feel free to PM me if you know of any opportunities that you think I might be qualified for, know someone I should talk to or would like to talk to me.

Thank You.

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The triangle areas has always been a pretty good hot spot for work in the trades. The triangle is Raleigh- Durham-Chapel Hill
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