I've been an eletrician's helper going on a year now for 2 different Companies .
all the time I see guys come in talking about how they are machanics and want $ 18 /hour but cant read a simple floor plan or they are not creative enough in tricky situations ... they never last long / sometimes it seems like the foreman watches them extra hard but the fake guys never last.
O Community My question is what are the essential skills and qualifications that make you a machanic ? because I know guys who say they've been in the trade for 5years and gets paid what I get ( Helper wage)
Oh dedicated one, How it goes around here (yes we call them mechanics too, if you call someone a journeyman they laugh at you) the only license in my area is a masters. So, experience fraud is extremely common.
Laborer. - green as fu#%. Dig trenches and organize vans. Learn the parts. Not many of them around.
Helper- you went to trade school or have a year of experience or so. Run wires, make splices, device houses, under extreme supervision, and just do whatever your mechanic says.
Jr. Mechanic- this is what I am. 4-5 years exp. You're pretty much expected to work alone with a skilled mechanic running the job. Connections and outlets and whatnot should NOT have to be checked. How it works for me is, the mechanic says the overview of the work, and how it will be done. Him and I split up, complete the work, and leave.
Mechanic. 5-100000000 yrs experience. In order to be a mechanic you must be able to be sent out alone, and complete any job, pushing through any problems alone. You also, have to be able to run at least a helper (in the earlier years) and then an entire crew as you get to the 7-10yrs mark.
Again, this is how it's been for me in the shops I've been with.
Hope this helps clear up confusion.