Hey whats up everyone! I have recently found myself in a predicament.. Let me start off by saying that I have worked as a trainee for about 3000 hours. I was than laid off and have been trying to get into the IBEW and WECA. I applied waited about 3 months and than tested waited about 6 months and than interviewed and have been waiting since. I scored all high 90's but could not wait anymore and took a job for 60k as an entry level maintenance mechanic at a water department for a city with full benefits and retirement. I don't regret my choice at all because of the starting pay and security. But I have invested a lot towards being an electrician and it is something I really want! My question is if I continue to take classes and keep my trainee card active will my hours working as a mechanic count towards my electrical hours for the state test? I ask this only because I do wiring every single day! I hook up pumps and motors and a lot of low voltage equipment & bend conduit. Doesn't this all count towards electrical work? I feel like this is a grey area and I have called the Department of Industrial Relations and they have not been able to answer stating " I dont know but leave your name and number and someone will contact you" I NEVER GET CONTACTED! Anyways, if anyone can answer I would greatly appreciate it. I also get fridays off so I may just work one day a week for 10 years if i have to. Thank You!