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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just Getting Started

Welcome to Everyday Electrical. I will be discussing topics related to the electrical construction industry.A little about me: I have been in the trade since 1982. I have had an electrical contractor license since 1996. I have worked in primarily industrial and commercial construction and service.
I welcome comments and questions from readers. I know not everyone will share the same views, but by sharing opposing opinions we will have a chance to learn. 
I'd like to start off today by talking about Journeyman licensing. I believe all electricians should strive towards obtaining this license. It shows your employer that you are serious about your choice of occupation, that you are not just here to collect a paycheck. It is something to be proud of, an achievement, a goal recognized. Yes, it costs you hard earned money each year to maintain, but it gives you greater bargaining power when applying for a job. I know when I hire people on, I am willing to pay a better wage to a license holder. It tells me this person is more likely to do a better job and require less supervision.
I know there are many electricians out there that don't have a license that are top notch. I have to wonder why they don't have a Journeyman card. Are they too lazy to take the exam? Are they not that good with math? Do they lack knowledge of the NEC?
What are your thoughts? 

7 comments:

  1. I think its better to base a person on what he or she can do instead of they cannnot.And I have found that the #1 reason for most not haveing a J-card is no time.

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  2. I work for company that is full of text book electricians and cant do a dang thing in the field (you know) J-card holders.How would you rate and pay them?

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  3. First, thank you for your input. I knew I would receive opposing views, especially on this one. However, I did note that I too know quality electricians that don't have a card.

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  4. I have to agree with the author. Most guys that are worth a damn have a license.

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  5. You stated that you know both. You also stated that your willing to pay more for the carded one.WHY?????? (I agree) Most but not all. should you be willing to give them a chance.

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  6. During the interview process, having the card shows me the applicant really wants to be an electrician. After evaluating their work later, non-carded electricians can get raises, but keep in mind, companies are in business to make money. Having the card during the interview process is a better bargaining chip for the applicant. Most employers I have talked with agree on this point. Also, there are municipalities that require at least one carded electrician on each job.

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  7. As much as I hate(LOL) I do agree with you.However I just wanted to state the point that not all good electricians have cards and some that do really S++K

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