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Old 10-07-2019, 02:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I decided to start my life from a white sheet and to be an Electrician.
I am a student at Humber College (Canada/Ontario/Toronto), a 1-year certificate Electrical Techniques program. I like it. I’m sure it is my field even though I haven’t had any experience in this industry expect my house. For instance, fixed receptacles or hang the chandelier on the ceiling. I’m sure that this forum will help me to find a lot of answers and gain more knowledge and also make new friends.
And I prepared the first question for our communication. Many people there have colossal experience in this field. Could you please give me recommendations about how I need to develop myself?
If it's possible, it should be detailed, for example, 1. Finish college 2. Find apprenticeship in union organization 3. After a few years of experience trying to get a 309A license or, first of all, to get a 442A license. 4. Change a company to get more experience in the commercial industry because it’s better for your own business. 5. After two years, change again for HV experience. 6. You will have enough knowledge of opening your own business.
During that time, everything is changing so fast, and you know what way will be the right.
My goal is to be a licensed professional electrician and in the future, open my own company. Thank you.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:05 PM   #2
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It looks like you have a good plan in place. Union will net you higher pay and for the most part offer better training than Non-Union. In my humble opinion it's more about the person you are working with than the company you work for. A good Journeyman will be very helpful in the learning process. A dumb Journeyman will only slow you down. Working in a hands on environment will teach you how to become efficient in assembling systems. School will help you understand electrical theory and code and eventually go a long way towards passing the exams to get your licencing. Once you have your Journeyman's Card you will have a much easier time finding work in the company of your choice. Owning your own company would be nice but it's a hard road to start out on. Good luck and welcome to our forum ..
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I didn't do the union thing until much further along in my career and I think it may have been helpful for a couple of reasons that you alluded to. I did my apprenticeship with a great Jman and we were just a 2 man shop but we did everything. I learned a lot and had a great time ding it. This was beneficial when it came to opening my own business years later, You start out small and that means you need to do everything and do it by yourself.
The union is good pay but I worry about being good at only one thing. At least that what I used to hear around here.
Good luck and welcome to the forum.


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It looks like you have a good plan in place. Union will net you higher pay and for the most part offer better training than Non-Union. In my humble opinion it's more about the person you are working with than the company you work for. A good Journeyman will be very helpful in the learning process. A dumb Journeyman will only slow you down. Working in a hands on environment will teach you how to become efficient in assembling systems. School will help you understand electrical theory and code and eventually go a long way towards passing the exams to get your licencing. Once you have your Journeyman's Card you will have a much easier time finding work in the company of your choice. Owning your own company would be nice but it's a hard road to start out on. Good luck and welcome to our forum ..
Thank you for your answer and wishes. Maybe it looks like a plan, who knows what will be. But I have a goal and I will achieve it. All the best to you too!
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I didn't do the union thing until much further along in my career and I think it may have been helpful for a couple of reasons that you alluded to. I did my apprenticeship with a great Jman and we were just a 2 man shop but we did everything. I learned a lot and had a great time ding it. This was beneficial when it came to opening my own business years later, You start out small and that means you need to do everything and do it by yourself.
The union is good pay but I worry about being good at only one thing. At least that what I used to hear around here.
Good luck and welcome to the forum.


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Thank you Tim. You are right! If you want to learn how bussines works learn it from inside. I know what are you talking about when you say "How small companies work.". For sure, it will be the best way to grow. I hope that my teacher will be like yours Jman.
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