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Good morning:

Am pleased to register on this website. I would like to become an electrician yet where do I post about this topic? Am looking to get opinions from you all about the field, but I don't want it to sound redundant as I think you probably get this kind of post. I studied physics, applied physics, and then finance for a long while (only for the money, hate the actual work). Coronavirus crippled my company, I am laid off, and the silver lining is now I can focus on a career that contributes to society. May I ask my questions here? Thank you.
 

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Welcome to the forum! Thank you for taking the time to fill out your profile!

You definitely chose the best trade to get into.

This section of the forum is a great place to start off.

I'm just gonna leave this here for your enjoyment:
 

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Welcome to the forums.
Do a search for this topic, it's been discussed a lot but we are always game to go through it again.

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How old are you & what exactly have you done work wise the past 10yrs?
 
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Hi, Kevin, Canbug, and hopefully others:

Thank you for the timely response. Thanks, that was an entertaining video, LOL. I have been researching for over two weeks but I would like to get an actual electrician's opinion as opposed to the rather PR laced articles I have been reading. Perhaps if electrician's here blacken into font again their experiences, maybe their perspectives might change in the process. I don't know, that could be a plus for giving it a second go.

Background:

My degree is in physics. Loved it. Passion. Through a clouded sense of judgement, after graduation I instead worked for a long while in finance, really only for the money. I worked 318 hours per month and the material was not interesting. I hate myself for this. I read history of science books to while away the time on Sundays. But that is history. Never mind it.
When I was laid off from COVID-19 this early summer, I finally had the time to FaceTime my niece and help her with her homework. I have taught he about circuits. I got so passionate about it I am reading through her little book and reproducing the material myself. Harkens back to my physics programme. I think to myself, goodness this is so interesting I should do this for a living. I should re-study electromagnetism, re-study algebra, number series, pass the exams, become an apprentice, and be an electrician. It will be a hard transition, hard on my body, among other challenges, but it will be worth it. Physics is in part the source of our national prosperity. I cannot become a physicist because I have been too long out of the field, do not have a Ph.D., but perhaps I can be an electrician!

My questions thus
1. How did you exactly get into the trade? What is your life story? Details.
2. Can I skip trade school and directly be an apprentice? (I have M.S. degree)
3. By how much may I shorten the apprenticeship if I work crazy hours, overtime, and study hard for my mentor? (I am a little concerned about the years required to become an electrician and the $20 apprentice pay since I have a family).
4. Is it intellectually stimulating? Intellectually challenging?
5. Inside wiremen: what is the most profitable area in which to work?
6. Are there times in which you have no work and idle at home? Or are you in such high demand that you complete one project and move on to the next with no trouble?
7. If I work hard, days off, overtime, can I make at least $100,000?
8. Is your goal to one day own your own electrician practice as an independent business owner? If so/no, please explain.
9. What questions did I not ask that I should?

I want to move into electrical work by the end of summer.

Thank you all in advance.
 

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You are not to old to start an apprenticeship but I think you are already aware that you will be the grunt to start with and have a few hurdles to get through but it is a great trade to get into. Others will chime in but have you looked at lineman as well?
You need to get out and sell yourself to possible employers and to the local union.
Speaking of my own history I can't say whether a large or small shop is best. I apprenticed at a small shop that never said they couldn't do something so I worked on everything but he was not able to always keep me busy and would lend me out to a sign shop which was a lot of fun.
You will not make as much as you want to start with but it just keeps getting better. If this works out and you start your own shop, you should do well.
Chin up and go get indentured.

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By age 40 electricians are trying to become foreman or maintenance. Capitalize on the skills & experience you already have in the same or similar field. Move if you have to (Texas, Florida, Georgia etc.).
 
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You don't want this trade.....Apprentice to electrician....

Just being honest here.

With your background, get an EE and design stuff in an A/C office.

You won't last in the field.


Again, just being honest. No disrespect intended.
 

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You don't want this trade.....Apprentice to electrician....

Just being honest here.

With your background, get an EE and design stuff in an A/C office.

You won't last in the field.


Again, just being honest. No disrespect intended.
Agreed @Helmut. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. The OP is no 20-25 year old kid.
 
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You don't want this trade.....Apprentice to electrician....

Just being honest here.

With your background, get an EE and design stuff in an A/C office.

You won't last in the field.


Again, just being honest. No disrespect intended.

7. If I work hard, days off, overtime, can I make at least $100,000?

Become a Doctor, just as easy,...
 

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My 2 cents (2 points).

1. How did you exactly get into the trade? What is your life story? Details.
No details needed I picked this as a carrier at age 12. Went to trade School for 3 years. Severed 4 years as an apprentice. Worked in field 40+ years Don't regret 1 minute of it.
2. Can I skip trade school and directly be an apprentice? (I have M.S. degree)
Yes don't waste money on trade school.
3. By how much may I shorten the apprenticeship if I work crazy hours, overtime, and study hard for my mentor? (I am a little concerned about the years required to become an electrician and the $20 apprentice pay since I have a family).
This is not a field where you can not cram in knowledge or skills by working more. After so many hours of hard labor you are not gaining knowledge but may start making mistakes. You need to allow the full time for an apprenticeship you can't just jump in and want OT over others with more time.
4. Is it intellectually stimulating? Intellectually challenging?
Yes I am always learning, at 61 I am bringing in Rockwell to train my guys and me so we can go into a 7 year project upgrading and installing a state of the art system.
5. Inside wiremen: what is the most profitable area in which to work?
Work for happiness goals not money, money will follow if you are good.
6. Are there times in which you have no work and idle at home? Or are you in such high demand that you complete one project and move on to the next with no trouble?
If you are good no problem getting work.
7. If I work hard, days off, overtime, can I make at least $100,000?
After you come out. Sure if you are good and want to do that.
8. Is your goal to one day own your own electrician practice as an independent business owner? If so/no, please explain.
Been there done that. I make more and work less hours per year working for someone else since I am good at what I do.
9. What questions did I not ask that I should?
What field would suite me. I would say "39 years old 5 years apprenticeship in Denver in cold, not for me at that age." Go into automation and controls if you have the logic and common sense for it. They are a skill set skill that can not be taught
 

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Hi, Kevin, Canbug, and hopefully others:

Thank you for the timely response. Thanks, that was an entertaining video, LOL. I have been researching for over two weeks but I would like to get an actual electrician's opinion as opposed to the rather PR laced articles I have been reading. Perhaps if electrician's here blacken into font again their experiences, maybe their perspectives might change in the process. I don't know, that could be a plus for giving it a second go.

Background:

My degree is in physics. Loved it. Passion. Through a clouded sense of judgement, after graduation I instead worked for a long while in finance, really only for the money. I worked 318 hours per month and the material was not interesting. I hate myself for this. I read history of science books to while away the time on Sundays. But that is history. Never mind it.
When I was laid off from COVID-19 this early summer, I finally had the time to FaceTime my niece and help her with her homework. I have taught he about circuits. I got so passionate about it I am reading through her little book and reproducing the material myself. Harkens back to my physics programme. I think to myself, goodness this is so interesting I should do this for a living. I should re-study electromagnetism, re-study algebra, number series, pass the exams, become an apprentice, and be an electrician. It will be a hard transition, hard on my body, among other challenges, but it will be worth it. Physics is in part the source of our national prosperity. I cannot become a physicist because I have been too long out of the field, do not have a Ph.D., but perhaps I can be an electrician!

My questions thus
1. How did you exactly get into the trade? What is your life story? Details.
2. Can I skip trade school and directly be an apprentice? (I have M.S. degree)
3. By how much may I shorten the apprenticeship if I work crazy hours, overtime, and study hard for my mentor? (I am a little concerned about the years required to become an electrician and the $20 apprentice pay since I have a family).
4. Is it intellectually stimulating? Intellectually challenging?
5. Inside wiremen: what is the most profitable area in which to work?
6. Are there times in which you have no work and idle at home? Or are you in such high demand that you complete one project and move on to the next with no trouble?
7. If I work hard, days off, overtime, can I make at least $100,000?
8. Is your goal to one day own your own electrician practice as an independent business owner? If so/no, please explain.
9. What questions did I not ask that I should?

I want to move into electrical work by the end of summer.

Thank you all in advance.

Canadian spelling. Nice try Frunk. Just remember, macmikeman is always right.
 

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You don't want this trade.....Apprentice to electrician....

Just being honest here.

With your background, get an EE and design stuff in an A/C office.

You won't last in the field.


Again, just being honest. No disrespect intended.
Helmet is 100% correct. If you could major in physics EE would be a breeze. No disrespect here either but you don’t sound like the type who could stomach crawling through muddy crawl spaces when it is 10 degrees outside nor in an attic when it is 90 degrees outside.
 

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see how they immediately tried to troll you? first post, was an attempt to hurt you.
If you want to have a good experience on this forum, and avoid racist, and trolls.
read my signature below.
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