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How can I start being an electrician without going to school? Is there any books that I can learn from. I have a really busy schedule, so I can't go to school yet(I working on time management) and I was wondering where can I start? Thanks!
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How can I start being an electrician without going to school? Is there any books that I can learn from. I have a really busy schedule, so I can't go to school yet(I working on time management) and I was wondering where can I start? Thanks!
Welcome to the forum. I guess you could read.
 

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Hi, and welcome to the forum. You can not learn how "to be an electrician" from a book any more than you can learn to fly a plane from a book. You can get the basics of what the trade entails, but you have to get your hands dirty to learn it. My first experiences with electrical work began with a shovel. After I "learned" how to dig ditches, I was taught how to kick conduit into those ditches, and how to cover them up. It wasn't glamorous, but I stuck it out, now I build power plants for a living (40 years later) and the occasional tilt-up, but I didn't learn that from a book. If you like reading, pick up a copy of the NEC code book, that'll keep you busy for a few years.
 

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If you purchase an NEC Code Book, I would strongly recommend getting the same year issue NEC Code Handbook to go with it. It is a companion book that explains what code sections actually mean in clear, concise language, often with illustrative examples as well. The NEC to a beginner in the Trade can be quite complex and confusing on it's own. Good luck!
 

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your profile says you are a student, so I would suggest lining up a summer job as a helper with a local electrical firm, and asking if it might be possible to start part time. Once you get your hands dirty, the books will make a lot more sense.
 

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If you purchase an NEC Code Book, I would strongly recommend getting the same year issue NEC Code Handbook to go with it. It is a companion book that explains what code sections actually mean in clear, concise language, often with illustrative examples as well. The NEC to a beginner in the Trade can be quite complex and confusing on it's own. Good luck!
How could anyone understand a code book, if they never did one bit of this work? I mean he would not even understand the terms as he has never heard them before.

your profile says you are a student, so I would suggest lining up a summer job as a helper with a local electrical firm, and asking if it might be possible to start part time. Once you get your hands dirty, the books will make a lot more sense.
Good advice. Get in ground floor, learn business, become an electrician.
 

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How could anyone understand a code book, if they never did one bit of this work? I mean he would not even understand the terms as he has never heard them before.
Exactly why I recommended the companion "picture book".
Agreed that One must know how to do it correctly first by actually doing it, you can't get experience from a book. The Code explains only how it is to be done a certain way, not why.
 

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How can I start being an electrician without going to school? Is there any books that I can learn from. I have a really busy schedule, so I can't go to school yet(I working on time management) and I was wondering where can I start? Thanks!
Welcome to the forum! You could always go and talk with the IEC or the IBEW. They both have night classes and would be a great start to anyone wanting to get in the trade! Or you could just apprentice with a contractor and learn it on the fly. Good luck with everything you do!
 

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How could anyone understand a code book, if they never did one bit of this work? I mean he would not even understand the terms as he has never heard them before.



Good advice. Get in ground floor, learn business, become an electrician.
I don't even understand it 20 years later!
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Oh and I might as well mention, since he's a student, that some class hours related to the electrical field can count towards those 8k hours required.
 
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Local vocational schools whom love to call themselves Technical Institutes are like a fifth the cost of going to a private tech school to learn. Just saying....

If you want to get a taste try and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and wire up a house with other volunteers hopefully under someone with a license.

If you are broke and want to buy some books on it. Look for the old edition from tech schools. You wouldn't believe what books those lovely union boys in their apprenticeship trade away and wind up used on exlibris for a few bucks.
 
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