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Hey everybody, I'm a first year apprentice, I started my apprenticeship back in August and have been working in residential since July 2013. Basically new construction, service work here and there. Anyways work really slowed down, I was able to get a job with a commercial contractor though this past week. I start here soon and was just wondering if anybody could give me a few pointers on what all a first year is expected to perform on the job in commercial. I understand it's way different from what I had the opportunity to do in residential, such as my mechanics letting me wire panels and so on. But in commercial I've been told a first year is lucking if he can even pick up a piece of EMT haha. But I would really appreciate it if somebody could let me know what all goes down on a commercial site, thanks.
 

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It all depends on the company you are going to work for. You will do your share of grunt work with any company but if they want you to do nothing but push a broom or take out trash then you are not learning. IMO smaller companies are good for apprentices because you are usually more hands on. By now you should have at least a basic knowledge of circuitry and how things work. The same thought process works in commercial. The biggest difference is you will be using different materials and installation methods. Don't be afraid to ask questions and if you show your jw that you are willing to work you will learn a lot.
 

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Im a first year in Electrical and this is what I was doing today with a first year twink. Alot of it depends on what tools you have and your attitude.
 

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I never got to do that type of stuff chewy. Looks like you have a great job.
 
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