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Old 07-21-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
 
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I'm a (soon to be) senior at a vo-tech school, and taking up electrical trades. I've been looking all over the place for a helper position, but the economy turned ugly at the wrong time I guess.
So far, we've learned things from stripping wire to hooking up residential services. Just last year, we began really getting into the theory of the trade, doing some work with blueprints (Tougher than it initially seemed :P ) and spending some time learning code. This year, we'll be doing more work on the theory, learning about photovoltaics, and doing some motor controls.
Feel free to help me or haze me . Any tips on how to get a job? Anything someone just going out into the field should look out for? I know the best teacher is experience, but anything would be helpful.

And no, the "lightbulb repair kit" gag won't work on me. Someone told me about that one

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Old 07-21-2009, 04:05 PM   #2
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Show up at the door step of all the EC's in your area and tell them you are ready to go to work for the summer so you can learn something. Let them know your not afraid to work hard. Be persitent.
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If you're living at home, without any real expenses, show up in the office of the local electrical contractors and offer to work for free. Someone will offer you a helper job, but that guy won't in good conscience let you work for free, so don't worry. That's just part of your "pitch". Just express that you honestly want a foothold in the trade, and you really don't care what you're paid, and further express that you'll work for free if you have to.

Applications, resumes, and emails don't work. Show up in person, with resume in hand. Some guys have reported success from hanging out in supply houses in the mornings to talk w/EC's. Of course, not everyone that stops in a supply house is an EC. Often it's the lowest guy on the pay scale that runs for parts.
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Often it's the lowest guy on the pay scale that runs for parts.
Not on my watch, I need the right parts, helpers hang out eating doughnuts and BS'in. I send Al.
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If you're living at home, without any real expenses, show up in the office of the local electrical contractors and offer to work for free. Someone will offer you a helper job, but that guy won't in good conscience let you work for free, so don't worry. That's just part of your "pitch". Just express that you honestly want a foothold in the trade, and you really don't care what you're paid, and further express that you'll work for free if you have to.

Applications, resumes, and emails don't work. Show up in person, with resume in hand. Some guys have reported success from hanging out in supply houses in the mornings to talk w/EC's. Of course, not everyone that stops in a supply house is an EC. Often it's the lowest guy on the pay scale that runs for parts.
Unless it's free doughnut day, then all the service trucks will be there.
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Unless it's free doughnut day, then all the service trucks will be there.
I can relate to that! Been there... so many times..
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Which county are you in? I do some work in Sussex from time to time ....
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New Castle. The major contractors up here are Nickle and MDavis, but I think they work down there, too.
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