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Old 04-25-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
 
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Hey guys/gals,

My name is Alan....I just wanted to say hi. I'm from the Anchorage, Alaska area and just found out earlier this week I was selected as an apprenctice inside wiremen here at IBEW local 1547. I start May 4th.

I just wanted to see if anyone had any words of wisdom and experience for me. I'm so excited for this to start. Any tips on what to expect and what I need to bring to the table that I may not already be thinking?

I'm 28, a Navy vet and am currently in the Air Guard up here.....I've got the mindset to deal with adverse conditions and people. My mind is right and my life/work experience is pretty broad. I expect to do great and do what is asked of me. Any tips? Anything to make me "that apprentice" that a journeymen has to have around?

Thanks! Glad to be part of the IBEW and a brother to ALL electricians around the country.
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Old 04-25-2009, 05:12 PM   #2
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Alaska?

Phew, and I used to think Philly got cold.
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its a nice balmy 40 some degrees right now.....were on the upswing! ha ha....
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I just wanted to see if anyone had any words of wisdom and experience for me.
Probably the best thing an apprentice can do at first is to resist the urge to act like you know anything, even if you do (until you're specifically asked). Keep your head down and shoulder to the wheel. You'll do fine. Suck it all up. Even grouchy people can teach you stuff. Overperforming in a union environment can often cause friction with your brothers, so keep your eyes peeled and do as everyone else does. The #1 best thing you should probably concentrate on is predicting what the journeyman you're working with will need and generally making his life easier.

EDIT... I think the social skills you learned in the navy will probably help you a ton on your new job.
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welcome to the forum mate,
being a apprentice is a wonderful journey to achieving the necessary trade skills required to be a skillful tradesman.
Just one advice being a electrical apprentice please maintain concerntration and be alert always as you are now dealing with something you cant see.
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Welcome to forum! " I don't know but I've been told, Air Force wings are made of gold" " I don't know but its been said Navy wings are made of lead!" LOL. Thanks for your service. In addition I would say don't be afraid to ask questions or say you don't know. Not like if you were a plumber the worst you could maybe do is flood out a house. Electrician, you could hurt and or kill your self or some one else, burn down a house etc.. Also learn that code book and invest in good tools. You can always tell how serious a person is about there trade by looking at there tools.
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Hey Alan! Good job on getting in

I have my interview on May 5th for the same local.

If I see an 'Alan' around I'll ask if your the same guy. Maybe we'll end up working together someday.

Have a good one.
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Hey guys/gals,

My name is Alan....I just wanted to say hi. I'm from the Anchorage, Alaska area and just found out earlier this week I was selected as an apprenctice inside wiremen here at IBEW local 1547. I start May 4th.

I just wanted to see if anyone had any words of wisdom and experience for me. I'm so excited for this to start. Any tips on what to expect and what I need to bring to the table that I may not already be thinking?

I'm 28, a Navy vet and am currently in the Air Guard up here.....I've got the mindset to deal with adverse conditions and people. My mind is right and my life/work experience is pretty broad. I expect to do great and do what is asked of me. Any tips? Anything to make me "that apprentice" that a journeymen has to have around?

Thanks! Glad to be part of the IBEW and a brother to ALL electricians around the country.
Welcome "Alaska" to the I-Brrrr-E-W!
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First 2 years of the program is the hardest.Once you get your increase and learn alot you will change attitude.You will learn a lot from older Journeyman a very good trick and they are willing to teach you things.I was fortunate to work on big jobs.
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