How does the IEC's apprenticeship program work?
I went to a local IEC chapter in Rocky Hill, CT, with a whole list of
When I went into their office, the lady saw my list and said "before
you start asking your questions, are you an employer?"
I said no. She replied that we only accept people who have been
forwarded by employers.
"So you don't take people on an 'off the street' basis?" I replied.
A little baffled, I left, since I was tired coming off my second job
had to return back to work with my first job in about 5 hours.
To get into the IEC's program, you have to locate a local electrical
contractor which is affiliated with the IEC association. Next, I guess
you ask if
1) They are currently looking for apprentices
2) They would be interested in sponsoring me for the IEC's
If the answer is yes to both questions, I presume I do the classwork
with the IEC and do the required number of hours of fieldwork with the
Am I correct here, or does it work diiferently from what I have
Does IEC have its own aptitude test process?
As for the math issue, I am slower with numbers and quantitative
concepts, though that does not mean I am incapable with them. I found
math to be boring in high school, so I did not put much effort into it.
Now I have a motivation to pay attention and do the best I can with it
(Wanna stay at Wal Mart?).
As always, any suugesstions of other apprenticeships, union or non
union, are always welcome to aid in my research.
I spoke to a rep from IBEW local 40 in Hartford, and he suggested that
folks are trying to avoid working with electrical unions...
Go back to the union hall and ask for a list of union contractors.
Or if they have a job list hanging on the wall, you can copy the names of
contractors off that.
Once you have a list, stop by the company offices, tell then you are trying
to get into the union and ask if they need any help.
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