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Old 12-13-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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Hey there. I'm a recent graduate from the Electrical program in Cascades Job Corps. And I'm a little lost on how to kick start my career as an electrician. I'm sending out my application for an electrical trainee license to LnI later today but I'm not sure where to go from there. Any ideas on the next step?
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Hey there. I'm a recent graduate from the Electrical program in Cascades Job Corps. And I'm a little lost on how to kick start my career as an electrician. I'm sending out my application for an electrical trainee license to LnI later today but I'm not sure where to go from there. Any ideas on the next step?

Are you looking for a union or nonunion job?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:46 PM   #3
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Not sure. I've heard good and bad about either choice.
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Not sure. I've heard good and bad about either choice.
That's because everything has it's pro's and cons. What kind of electrical work do you want to do?
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Apply to every company who does the type of work you are interested in or try to get an apprenticeship? In this economy you may have problems finding an opening. I have seen some job ads recently though.
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I know residential pretty well, but I want to get in to commercial.
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I know residential pretty well, but I want to get in to commercial.
Google commercial Electricians in your state and call every one of them.
http://www.google.com/search?sourcei...ans+washington


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Hey there. I'm a recent graduate from the Electrical program in Cascades Job Corps. And I'm a little lost on how to kick start my career as an electrician. I'm sending out my application for an electrical trainee license to LnI later today but I'm not sure where to go from there. Any ideas on the next step?
If I were just starting out, I would seriously think about line work.
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:35 PM   #10
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By all means try to get into a BAT approved apprenticeship program.
One that moves you around so you get experience in commercial, industrial and residential work. Take some other classes basic computer instrumentation ,HVAC. If you like commercial and industrial work take some welding classes. Also look at a industrial maintenance classes where they teach hydraulics, pneumatics, millwright skills. People with odd skill sets now a days seem to be in demand.
If you have to wate for a apprenticeship class try to go to work for a systems contractor. I worked 5 years for a commercial fire alarm systems supplier. Something else that I don't see talked about on this site is traffic signals I did that for a wile and I did have my IMSA level 2 traffic signal electrician certification.
The bottom line is learn as much as you can about the the electrical trade and related trades .
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