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Old 07-20-2008, 01:55 PM   #1
 
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Hey guys,

I'm wanting to become an electrician. I've applied for an apprenticeship and my application is being reviewed.

However, I'm wondering if I'm actually a good candidate, as I'm just now trying to become an electrician at the age of 25. I read online that the average apprentice begins at age 17-19. Also, I'm only mediocre at math. I got C's in high school and B's in college on my way to a 2 year, liberal arts degree that I don't use.

I was a residential alarm installer for a year. It wasn't a bad gig, but I don't think it approaches the complexity of industrial electrician work. I did some prewiring, ran wire through attics, under mobile homes, and performed service repairs.

Right now, I work in production. Using production equipment (table saws, routers, drill press), various power/hand tools, etc. (Lay-offs at a small company ended my one-year alarm tech stint.)

In short, I guess I'm wondering if becoming an electrician apprentice is a wise path for a 25 year old, in good shape/health, with mediocre math skills, good with hands, likes to read/learn new concepts, and feels energized after a hard day's work.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #2
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of course - just stick to it and learn as much as you can outside your shop - you will be fine
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i was 25 and fresh out of the Marine Corps when i got into the old IBEW "8000 hours" apprenticeship program. that was in 1972, and i didnt have much trouble at all, other than the standard s**t that gets put on just about everyone in their first year.
and, your previous alarm experience may help you a little. at least you know the difference between a phillips screwdriver and a wirenut, lol!
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Greetings and welcome!

Too old ?!?!?!?!? Kid, I didn't start until I was in my 30s.
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that makes me feel better 480 im a late starter too
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Thanks for the encouragement. Glad to hear there are people who get into the field in their 20's and later.

Hopefully my past experience will help me get my foot in the door.
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Great time to get into the trade! Welcome to the site!
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You are never too old... I didn't even think about becoming an electrician until I was 41. After my 4 years with a licenced electrician I went for the restricted test and the for the Master (unrestricted).
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I just got accepted myself at age 35. I was in the military, then Federal service, so I am definitely looking forward too this even at my old age
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