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How was it for you guys after you got your JM ticket?
I've noticed that I can't ask questions anymore without comments like: "how did u pass the exam if you don't know this" and so on.

I guess it's a good thing to be an apprentice because ppl are more eager to help you.
 

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I have found over the years that folks are helpful if you are helpful. There is a lot of things that you can do in this trade and even after 30 years I learn new things all the time.

Be pleasant and generous with your time and somehow that comes back to you.

The bitter angry folks have nothing to teach you anyway, they spend all their time having their souls crushed.
 

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Don't worry nobody knows everything when they become a Jman. You will be learning about this field the rest of your career if you keep at it. The electrical trade is so varied you can never know it all. Try to be good at a lot of things, rather than an expert at a few.
 

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How was it for you guys after you got your JM ticket?
I've noticed that I can't ask questions anymore without comments like: "how did u pass the exam if you don't know this" and so on.

I guess it's a good thing to be an apprentice because ppl are more eager to help you.

What questions are you asking?
 

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How was it for you guys after you got your JM ticket?
It was awesome :thumbsup:

I went from a wet behind the ears helper to a full blown electrical god...an over night sensation.


:laughing:



I've noticed that I can't ask questions anymore without comments like: "how did u pass the exam if you don't know this" and so on.

Recently, i questioned someone's claim that they had recently passed there EC test when they asked a question.
It was a really basic question that could have been answered had the poster taken the time to crack open the book and look up the answer.
But he didn't.

That type of question gets that type of response.
That is just being lazy.

If a helper asked that same question, I would ask them to tell me what section allows it...then suggest they read 334.12 if they got the section wrong.

I guess it's a good thing to be an apprentice because ppl are more eager to help you.
You won't be an apprentice forever:whistling2:
 

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I got my first license 41 years ago,,,I do know all the unlicensed JWs that told me I was a dolt while I was a helper asked me HOW TO HELL, did you get a license, next thing they said well it don't mean nutting.

I studied.
 

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Don't worry nobody knows everything when they become a Jman. You will be learning about this field the rest of your career if you keep at it. The electrical trade is so varied you can never know it all. Try to be good at a lot of things, rather than an expert at a few.
Basically what he said, but take this into consideration. If you do ask many questions, you will become more aware of what's going on, which in turn, will help enable you to become an expert at many things, while still being good at others.

I'm personally learning new things everyday in the oil and gas industry. I do way more (non electrical work) than I should. I do this because it helps me understand everything going on around me, and makes me a more valuable asset to the company.

Good luck, and ask away. :thumbup:
 

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I knew waaay more about electrical before I got my red seal (license)... then I figured out I know nothing.

Over the last year working for myself I have realized I shouldn't even be licensed, I know so little! :laughing:
 

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I never ask questions. I know all there is to know about this trade....I'm an electrical GOD amongst mortal men. I've had my red seal license since 1998 and no one can teach me anything because there is nothing left for me to learn.....:rolleyes:



All things I've never said before........:laughing:



When you quit asking questions and learning things it means you are dead and buried.
 

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I have found over the years that folks are helpful if you are helpful. There is a lot of things that you can do in this trade and even after 30 years I learn new things all the time.

Be pleasant and generous with your time and somehow that comes back to you.

The bitter angry folks have nothing to teach you anyway, they spend all their time on ET.
FIFY. :laughing:
 

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Re: "How did you pass the exam if you don't know this?"

Easy: the exam is on code, which may or may not have **** all to do with the physical execution of the work.

This trade is so broad and diverse. No way in hell you are going to know everything or even come close.
 

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karl_r said:
How was it for you guys after you got your JM ticket?
I've noticed that I can't ask questions anymore without comments like: "how did u pass the exam if you don't know this" and so on.

I guess it's a good thing to be an apprentice because ppl are more eager to help you.
You simply go from being the most experienced apprentice to being the least experienced journeyman. You will NEVER know it all. Anybody who acts like they do probably know less than you.
 
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