Hey guys, I've been meaning to cross-post here for a while on DSD day, but keep forgetting. So I start today. :)
So, I've been thinking a lot lately about being an electrician. It's usually in a sort of bitter way. "If I could do it all over again, I'd enter a trade after high school, instead of spending thousands of dollars on college."
I am pretty glad to have a college education, though, and there's no reason why I couldn't have a B.S. and enter a trade, is there? So for DSDD, I researched what it would take to be an electrician.
First, I found this general site. It has basic career description and salary estimates. Through that, I found the national joint apprenticeship training committee, who has a chapter in Richmond. I'm highly intrigued. The job prospects are great, and in these days of actually being tempted by the army's signing bonus, I love the idea of a career with guaranteed positions, good salary, and benefits. LOVE it. The qualifications are pretty low for apprenticeship:
Age - 18 years of age or older.
Good health and physically fit for the trade.
High School graduate or have G.E.D.
One year of Algebra.
Valid Driver's License
I could handle that. Also, I think having a B.A. and a long work history would make me very marketable. I would probably stand out amongst all the younguns just out of high school, and my communication skills would be highly desired if I were to consider management positions.
* I am scared of being electrocuted. However, the training process is specifically designed to have such a slow, deliberate pace that you know everything possible about working safely and responsibly with electricity. This is very comforting, as are the really strict workplace safety standards.
* It sounds physically trying. I foresee long days of backaches and general stiffness and nasty work conditions. I guess my getting-stronger plan would help offset this a bit, though.
* I'd have to start over again with education. Not so bad, since you are paid during the entire training process, and my previous experience could only help me.
I think it'd be a neat life path, and I'm seriously considering getting started on it next year. It's not just good for having a nice gig, either. I'm seriously considering getting into remodeling old houses within the next ten years, and being able to rewire a house would take a huge chunk of uncertainty out of that process.</lj>