Tips from a licensed commercial electrician
I’m a licensed commercial electrician and I do commercial electrical work.
So we’re bringing power in from the High Line’s and feed the building, feed a lot of equipment.
To run a conduit and power to stuff we do a lot of digging underground work like getting things ready for build up to the building, pulling wire.
Some of the wiring poles are 10 inch in diameter it’s heavy work with your hands all day and tools. Sometimes you get rain in or it’s real cold out whatever you’re still out here working
A typical workday will get started probably about six, get out to the job site some days maybe doing some underground, other days you might be wiring panels up, pulling wire that’s something that I’ve always liked about it is things change every day.
You’re always part of a team you might go into the service call or something by yourself but a lot of things that we do, you want it to be safe.
You usually stick to 40 nut work there’s meetings 80 hours a week – you know jobs have just got to get done you have deadlines
You can travel anywhere do it wired up houses and garages when I was on vacation just add a plug
I know a lot of cats at traveling follow storms I’ve always made a good living at
You got to be able to read a tape measure a lot of geometry being able to read prints
I used to climb up in attics doubtful wire with my dad lost 13 years old I got working every day when I was about 18 19 get ahold of the local electrical contractors to find out if they’re hiring.
Get started with a good group of guys and you learn a lot I get a lot of mentors that I’ve learned from
You get four years of experience journeyman’s license and a half you had journeyman’s license before you test out a new master
That allows you to open up their own business to pull your own permits insurances and bonding
I got to take a continuing education class every year four hours long are you a person to take a class
People don’t like messing with electricity and it’s a specialized trade you can do a lot with it. It’s fun personal satisfaction after good day’s work there’s a camaraderie working with everybody and the satisfaction.
You look back and you see you know just slag got here behind us whatever and then you know seven months later eight months later there’s a building there and people are working in it.