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Old 05-07-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
 
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Hi all. Just joined the forum... I'm in Phoenix AZ

I'm not an electrician, but am "researching" apprenticeship options and want to be an inside wireman. Just want some good info & advice from the forums, and looking forward to meeting some good people.

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Old 05-07-2009, 04:47 PM   #2
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Hi all. Just joined the forum... I'm in Phoenix AZ

I'm not an electrician, but am "researching" apprenticeship options and want to be an inside wireman. Just want some good info & advice from the forums, and looking forward to meeting some good people.
Electricians don't get respect like we use to. I would reccomend you change your mind. The amount of time it takes to learn the trade you could have been a lawyer. Go to college, become a medic, or some thing in that field.
If you still want to stay in, you should learn spanish.
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While I'm not fluent I do have two years of college level Spanish and speak it somewhat well; with daily use I will be fluent in no time. I also realize that times are hard for electricians as well as many other fields, but the electrician field is expected to rebound soon and grow by 2016 - about the same time I would be wrapping up my apprenticeship (theoretically). I understand that it is a lot of schooling, but I enjoy school and learning, and if I can find a program that will pay for the tuition... great.
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Hi all. Just joined the forum... I'm in Phoenix AZ

I'm not an electrician, but am "researching" apprenticeship options and want to be an inside wireman. Just want some good info & advice from the forums, and looking forward to meeting some good people.
IMO what you need to do is decide on what you want to do, if being is an electrician floats you boat go for it. A job has to be enjoyable for it to be more than a job.

You can make money doing lots of things but if you have a passion for your profession it is hardly work.

I love my job, I garner respect and make a decent living.
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Can anyone tell me about what kind of requirements there are for entering an apprenticeship as an electrician residential to commercial to industrial.Do you need to already know algerbra 2?,or is algerbra 1 and geometry sufficient?,I'm 19,just need my drivers license(complicated story).Just wanted to know what to brush up on?
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Electricians don't get respect like we use to. I would reccomend you change your mind. The amount of time it takes to learn the trade you could have been a lawyer. Go to college, become a medic, or some thing in that field.
If you still want to stay in, you should learn spanish.
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For those who seek to advance, it is increasingly important to be able to communicate in both English and Spanish in order to relay instructions and safety precautions to workers with limited understanding of English; Spanish-speaking workers make up a large part of the construction workforce in many areas.
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Up here I am in the linguistic minority and it's not Spanish. 90% of the people here are bilingual. French and English, I can speak a few words in classic French but I don't understand the local dialect. There is a big difference from the north end of US highway 1 and the south end. If I can learn some French I would be very happy, I never see any Spanish speakers.
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Up here I am in the linguistic minority and it's not Spanish. 90% of the people here are bilingual. French and English, I can speak a few words in classic French but I don't understand the local dialect. There is a big difference from the north end of US highway 1 and the south end. If I can learn some French I would be very happy, I never see any Spanish speakers.
Probably because Maine is the whitest state in the nation according to an article I read in Down East magazine. I can't quite remember, but I think the stat is Maine is 95%+ white.
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Up here I am in the linguistic minority and it's not Spanish. 90% of the people here are bilingual. French and English, I can speak a few words in classic French but I don't understand the local dialect. There is a big difference from the north end of US highway 1 and the south end. If I can learn some French I would be very happy, I never see any Spanish speakers.
Phoenix (and the SouthWest as a whole) certainly has a share of spanish speakers, so it comes in handy around here.
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if you really wanna, do it man. We are here...especially when we have any free time...and are a good resource for ALL kinds of electric work. I think the whole spectrum of electric work is covered here and represented by SOMEBODY....if any questions have to do with transcendental frequencies in your brain though...i'm the one to talk to. HA! outside of that though im worthless.
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Follow your passion - if it's electric go for it.
if not go for what ever it is.

Your "working life" is a long one ( hopefully) too long to be miserable at what your doing
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Thank's for the encouragement all. I start class this fall semester at a local community college. The program is setup through a local business association. What's cool is all of the instructors are electricians who are VERY experienced and work during the day in the trade while teaching classes at night. It is very possible I could end up working during the day with one of my instructors. I make more at my current job than I will as an apprentice , so I am working here to save up and buy tools and pay for school. I will start working in the trade this fall at the same time as class starts. Besides, hopefully the economy will be a little better by then.
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