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Old 01-22-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
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Greetings to all. I first want to say that I am glad there is a site where electricians can go to talk to others for free. I graduated from Madisonville Community College with an Associate's Degree in Electrical Technology. I have three specializations: Construction Electrician (residential), Industrial Electrician, and Electrician Motor Controls. I have taken classes in a wide range of subjects from PLC's to pneumatics and hydraulics to get the specializations I now have. I have done this within a three year time frame. I am now faced with finding a job. Under the new laws of Kentucky if I have an Associate's degree from KCTCS I only need to have three more years of on the job experience to test for my journeyman's license. This is where my problem lies currently. Everyone that I have spoken with so far here in Kentucky wants either a Journeyman, or Master Electrician. Where should I go to find a job? I have tried every employment and staffing place here. No one is hiring.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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You could try South Texas or Louisiana.
The new online test is transferrable in lots of states.
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...Everyone that I have spoken with so far here in Kentucky wants either a Journeyman, or Master Electrician. Where should I go to find a job? I have tried every employment and staffing place here. No one is hiring.
three issues:
1) Forget even talking about all that schooling you have had or your desire/need to put in time to qualify for testing. At best it will intimidate most small time EC's or worry them that if you work out you'll be gone and on your own competing with them soon after. There is no upside for them to hire you.

2) Forget applying for jobs that call for JM level competence and especially not ones doing PLC or pneumatics. The companies with the need for those skills rarely (if ever) have any in house apprenticeship type training.
(see above)

3) What that leaves you with is green rookie helper (which is what you will be for the first six months at least anywhere you go). These jobs pay crap even when they exist. Industrial controls or resi construction... not as many exist now as there should be.

3a) Finding work hours that qualify under KY licensing might be available outside KY. If so, plan to move. Check how the rules work there.

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Times are bad almost everywhere. Possibly, you could look up the IBEW website and contact the locals in your vicinity or at least as far as you want to go. Everyone will tell you it is a bad time; and maybe it is, but I would call, write, e-mail, travel to before I would give up trying just because others said ITS BAD EVERYWHERE. Persistence can pay off, even in bad times. Remember, Dreams are not just for when you are SLEEPING.

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