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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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I know this isn't Teryx related, but...

I'm looking into joining an apprenticeship electrician program here in AZ, but I'm still just gettin my ducks in a row and researching. Any advice anybody has about apprenticeships, the career field, how the job market is, which apprenticeship program to chose, or anything else would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me.

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A friend is in that field of work and right now it is VERY SLOW. You might have a hard time getting started right now. But it is a good line of work when it's busy enough.
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Personally I believe any kind of apprenticeship program is a good way to go BUT for an electrician I would only recommend a commercial program...residential work is very up and down...commercial work has always been more steady and pays better...and if your going into a union program make double sure of this...I know in California some unions are residential only and once you join that then you cannot work commercial...they love to screw guys that don't know that little tidbit of info...

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Thanks for the warning and well wishes. I was definitely looking at doing commercial, inside wireman work for the same reasons you were mentioning. As far as the union thing goes, honestly I would prefer not to go the union route but if they'll pay the tuition I don't see how not to take advantage of that.
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I think you have chose a good way to study.Good luck and all the best for your future.My best wishes are there with you.
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Personally I believe any kind of apprenticeship program is a good way to go BUT for an electrician I would only recommend a commercial program...residential work is very up and down...commercial work has always been more steady and pays better...and if your going into a union program make double sure of this...I know in California some unions are residential only and once you join that then you cannot work commercial...they love to screw guys that don't know that little tidbit of info...

May fortune smile upon you and your new career

I am an electrician in oregon. i agree with sand junkey. comercial and industrial is the only way to go, i have not missed a day of work in this whole down turn of the economy. most of the residential guys here have been hit or miss. find a union aprentice program, they usualy have you pay for the classes up front then reemburse you after you pass the course.

this is 4 years of your life so make sure you can endure this, it is well worth it, but can get dificult at times.
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Thanks for the support everyone. Last fall I started as a self pay student for the NCCER apprenticeship program. Unfortunately; no one his hiring - I recently spoke with one who just laid off more workers. But all's well, sooner or later things will pickup and I just have to keep trying. I understand that trying to get into a new trade is difficult, especially now with so many out of work, so any advice you have since you've already been down this road would be appreciated.
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