If you want to plunge into a career in the electrical field, and you're frustrated by all the confusing information out there, then I’ll help you get the clear step-by-step instructions you need.
And seriously, I won't beat around the bush with useless mumbo jumbo.
This is what you can expect:
- Advice on becoming an electrician
- Jam-packed guides to the Top 3 Apprenticeships
- Study and Test-taking Tips to pass the Journeyman's Exam
- Best Tool Guide for Apprentice through Journeyman Electricians
- Essential Salary and Wage Guide for Electricians
- My experience as a First Year Electrician Apprentice
Electrician Apprentice Guide
Dig into my Ultimate Guide about How to Become an Electrician. This is for anyone interested in joining the electrical field. You will find thorough advise about starting a career with the fascinating and powerful force of electricity. Check out the Salary Charts as well.
Kickoff with my Electrician's Tools Guide to find essential tools for an apprentice electrician and beyond.
The idea of being an electrician never entered my mind growing up in the 1970’s and 80’s in Michigan.
When it came to projects around the house my older brother did all the big boy stuff. Cutting! Sawing! Nailing!
It seems I was too young to be helpful.
This really happened:
When I was about 7 years old, Dad was building a storage area in our backroom. I was happy as a pickle on a ham sandwich when I was allowed to nail up the paneling. (Told you it was the 70’s.)
Happy that is UNTIL my Dad started all the nails for me before handing over the hammer. Talk about your buzzkill!
Dad went on to become my electrical mentor and taught me everything I know. Everyone who meets him, loves him. I am amazingly blessed.
On Becoming a Wire Nut
If you read my story above, it may surprise you that after high school, one position I held was Maintenance Supervisor.
I spent 10 years with a non-profit Christian missions organization where my duties were varied. But, plumbing, heating, auto mechanics, and yes, electrical, all of a sudden became my problem. I spent a lot of time installing, repairing, and replacing all manner of things. (Did you know a carburetor mixes air and fuel? Me neither! Until I had to fix one.)
Having little experience and no training meant learning it all on the job.
I remember one day looking at a light bulb in the garage which was controlled by a pull chain.
I wanted a wall switch to operate it. But how?
I stared at it for the longest time until it finally dawned on me how to make that happen.
I ran the wire and installed that switch - and I will never forget the buzz I felt when I flipped that switch and the thing worked!
To this day I confess I get a little kick out of hitting that switch for the first time and seeing the results of my work. But I harken back to that very first light switch as the moment I became hooked.
My Dad worked for DTE (Detroit Edison) electrical company his entire career, and was the one I called when trying to troubleshoot some bizarre electrical problem. He was always available to talk me through things and very often we got to the bottom of it together.
In fact, a dream of mine became working with my Dad in the electrical field.
That dream came true when, along with my wife and two sons, I moved back to Michigan the year my dad retired from DTE to start his own electrical contracting business.
Before I knew it, I was an electrical apprentice.
BOY, DID I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN!
At the start we took every kind of job we could get our hands on. I learned new home wiring to remodeling. Troubleshooting. Conduit bending. Commercial work. Site work. Climbing ladders one minute, crawling under houses the next. Dealing with customers, employees, other trades, builders, and yes, those inspectors. Every minute of it has been valuable and is part of who I am today.
My brother joined us and today we all still work together. There have been good times and hard times. We have hired help when it got crazy busy, and other times had to let them go.
Through it all God has been faithful, and I am forever thankful.
My Mission Here
Along the way I discovered I was not as useless as I thought. I just needed to overcome the fear of trying and failing to see what I could do.
My guess is the same is true for you too. You’re capable of much more than you realize.
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