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Just started as an electrician

- Mon, 15 May 2017 12:53:41 EST BwDcuBKU No.7125
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>first job as an electrician.
Emma Brookworth - Sun, 21 May 2017 14:35:24 EST hxKwLAuj No.7127 Reply
don't electrocute yourself
Ebenezer Fubberputch - Thu, 01 Jun 2017 23:00:34 EST DM/keebS No.7130 Reply
depending on where you live you can make bank. Traditional career path is to get past the journeymens status and go into business for yourself. If you are in a union town you can try that, otherwise free lancing can be very profitable if you arent completely stupid (and care about doing good work).

Some people on job sites are complete scum bags, others are good. not much you can do about it so you kinda just have to deal with it.

The tests are pretty easy, but you'll need to study (if you dont have a college degree) at least a bit to get through them.

Electrical work can be physically demanding so get in shape or the job will do it for you.

Welcome to blue collar
Archie Nommlesore - Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:30:20 EST jZbVMvD/ No.7133 Reply
op back after my first month.
love this job.
got my first paycheck over $1000.
scheduling side work already.
shocked my self 6 times.
didn't die.

any advice on how to become a journeymen as fast as possible?
Archie Nommlesore - Sat, 10 Jun 2017 15:42:12 EST jZbVMvD/ No.7134 Reply
op here.
I've now done a top down remodel completely removing nub and tube whit that looked like it was from like the fuck 1940s.
working on this site was frustrating because it was a small house and they had like four crews on site ( is this common in anyone's experience?)
also did a service on the first sit op pic related.
anything i haven't done that's super common?
Augustus Gebbleman - Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:22:34 EST ECt2lUwZ No.7142 Reply
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That looks like new construction, how the fuck have you shocked yourself 6 times on lines that shouldn't even be hot?

At first, looking in the trash bin, your pigtails looked fine - then I saw that box on the far right side of the OP picture. If you did that, I want to kick you in the balls, how the fuck are you even going to attach an outlet to that?

Also, yes depending on the job (especially remodels), it's common to have multiple crews working at the same time. New construction is a little better on this front.

Honestly, if you can get into only new construction, it's the way to go in my opinion. Remodels can be a pita when you start looking at how previous electricians (or worse the homeowner) have done things.
Like seriously, I've been on jobs where the previous electrician ran 8ga wire from a hottub to the breaker box, ran out of wire inside the breakerbox and crimped a couple 6 inch lengths of 12ga in between the 8ga and the breaker.
I have worse stories if you'd like.
Augustus Gebbleman - Thu, 06 Jul 2017 17:24:34 EST ECt2lUwZ No.7143 Reply
forgot to mention, the first sentence of my post is a joke ;)

rest of it is serious. and also, running the hot tub off those 12ga wires had melted the insulator off 'em. I should have taken a picture, it was fucked.
Sidney Nobblewell - Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:58:41 EST IZhvBj47 No.7144 Reply
I had a summer job as an electrician once, the guy I was helping out was able to strip pvc wire isolation with his finger nails.
I don't know if he had some rare condition or something but this did happen.
Rebecca Smallgold - Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:49:45 EST gVkN3OHL No.7146 Reply
Journeyman requirement (for E2 license):
  • 762 hours required instruction (one year of trade school day class, one and a half years of trade school night class)
-8000 hours of labor (if union, 10000 hours) which is about 4 years of full time work, non stop

This is most states in the USA
Cyril Buzzhood - Sat, 12 Aug 2017 13:51:57 EST wpVRWHiC No.7149 Reply
Always leave yourself extra room for making connections

watch your tools

before you ask how something works, use your meter and poke around a bit. you can probably learn something.
Doris Blackforth - Tue, 19 Jun 2018 23:31:41 EST MMAwJU0e No.7198 Reply
-if you're going to get some thing from the truck, take something with you that you're done with
-use common sense, pay attention
-communicate. If you "didnt quite get that" or you've been told to do some thing you're not familiar with, or maybe you're a little familiar, don't just say "ok" and go try to do it. You're going to waste the person's time after they walk away to come back abd show you. Just have them show you first, thoroughly, and ask questions to fill in any blanks that they neglected.
-don't be stupid. If it's too heavy, don't try to lift it. Think you're going to smash a window carrying around that extension ladder? Ask for help.
-that being said, you can carry a lot at once. Grab that tool bag, and the other tool bag, and the trash, and that hammer drill, and bring it all up those 2 flights of stairs from the basement to the truck. Don't be a pussy.
-if you're on a site that's a long term project, make sure you know what you're doing on a given day. Plugging and switching? Full a box with plugs switches and plates, and throw in some 3ways and GFIs in there too, for good measure. Then go around and put that shit in. But make note of things that aren't right: boxes that aren't flush, pinched wires in the sheetrock (fuck those guys), etc. Carry a notepad, write shit down.
-get a project apron. Your toolbelt isn't enough, you need some thing to keep wire nuts in, or screws, or staples so you don't have to keep using your pocket and ripping open your ballsack.

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