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Hi guys, I'm a first year apprentice in Ontario. My full-time job has slowed down for the winter and I'm thinking of registering a business name and trying to find a bit of work for myself, and some different job experiences. I'd love to get on with a residential contractor and do some part-time work, weekends and after work during the week. There is a new survey being started behind my house that looks very promising. They have just started to dig trenches and run some pvc.

I guess my questions are;
How should I contact the ECs I see working here?
And, would it be better for my chances of finding work if I was registered and insured?
Finally, knowing my situation, I'd gladly take any advice from you experienced electricians.

Thanks.
 

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Hi guys, I'm a first year apprentice in Ontario. My full-time job has slowed down for the winter and I'm thinking of registering a business name and trying to find a bit of work for myself, and some different job experiences. I'd love to get on with a residential contractor and do some part-time work, weekends and after work during the week. There is a new survey being started behind my house that looks very promising. They have just started to dig trenches and run some pvc.

I guess my questions are;
How should I contact the ECs I see working here?
And, would it be better for my chances of finding work if I was registered and insured?
Finally, knowing my situation, I'd gladly take any advice from you experienced electricians.

Thanks.

Become an experienced electrician before trying to find work for yourself. You are a first year apprentice........no matter how much you think you know.........you are NOT ready to run a business as an electrical contractor.

I have my doubts that it would even be legal to operate an EC business in Ontario as an apprentice.....I know it certainly isn't here in NS.
 

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Hi guys, I'm a first year apprentice in Ontario. My full-time job has slowed down for the winter and I'm thinking of registering a business name and trying to find a bit of work for myself, and some different job experiences. I'd love to get on with a residential contractor and do some part-time work, weekends and after work during the week. There is a new survey being started behind my house that looks very promising. They have just started to dig trenches and run some pvc.

I guess my questions are;
How should I contact the ECs I see working here?
And, would it be better for my chances of finding work if I was registered and insured?
Finally, knowing my situation, I'd gladly take any advice from you experienced electricians.

Thanks.
You aren't allowed to register yourself as an electrical contractor in Ontario if you aren't or don't have a licensed master electrician on your ratio.

Try opening up the phone book, or dropping off some resumes. Duh.
 

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Go introduce yourself and leave em a resume. Its all about "who you know" when you are getting started. The "what you know" will come with time. Work hard, listen well and pay attention. Make contacts constantly. If you have any already, get on the phone. Good luck.
 
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