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Episode 51 – Should You Go To Trade School To Be An Electrician?

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  • Trade school is not totally unecessary. Great thing about trade schools is you meet others with the same common goal which equals to NetWorking. If you go to trade school, get to know your classmates and be friendly with them. Exchange numbers and go from there.

  • I’m currently in enrolled at the IEC school. Like a trade school but it’s a 4yr program. I’ve learned a lot. To be able to enroll you have to be employed by a company that is a member of the IEC. After you pass each semester of each school year you get a raise. Plus the company pays for your school. So at the end you learn more than what you might see on the field and you are almost certain to get 2 pay raises a yr!! And school is payed for. Win-win-win!

  • I'm in job corps to make things easier in my life and in all honesty, it's the best FREE TRADE SCHOOL AVAILABLE TO ANYONE 16-24 and they provide free room and board AND meals with real world, work based learning along with THEY PAY YOU!!!!! Full certifications for a better and more professional you!!

  • I went through trade school and found it to be very beneficial in expanding my knowledge of electrical systems, especially in expanding my knowledge of industrial automation, PLC systems, VFDs and such, WITH THAT SAID, I will say that while going through trade school, I was also employed as an electrical apprentice from about 6 weeks in to trade school and throughout completion of trade school. Working hands on 8 hours a day in the electrical and then spending 6 hour a day/5 day a week evenings at trade school I found to be very beneficial in expanding my knowledge above and beyond what I would have learned, had I just gone through trade school itself.

    The program I attended was solely taught by master electricians that had an extensive knowledge of commercial and industrial electrical, while also being heavily focused on hands-on training, allowing me to expand my knowledge much above and beyond what I would have learned in my apprenticeship, had I solely gone through the apprenticeship. In addition, the program I went through was fairly new, and thus I was very fortunate to go through the program with a very small class size of 5~6 students, allowing us all to be hands on and for the professors to be able to work with each student to ensure that everyone had a strong understanding of the content which was being taught.

    Because the program was new, small and taught through a community college, tuition was very inexpensive and very accessible. In addition, the training which was provided through the program was half hands-on training and half classroom training throughout the program and the training I received was accredited by the state apprenticeship program and allowed me to finish 4 years of apprenticeship book work in the period of 2 years.

    I feel that my time in trade school was very beneficial, but with that said, I know that my experience is trade school is likely not like the majority of trade schools and the training most people receive in trades school is likely not like that of the training I received.

    If you are able to access a trades school which allows you to work in the field and go to school at the same time, while accrediting the education you receive toward your apprenticeship program training, I say go for it, but if it doesn't, I would say that working hands-on in the field through an state apprenticeship program is definitely the way to go.

    Just my two cents.

  • I'm in trade school @ Alfred State college of technology, almost done with 2nd semester. We've learned all the theory up to series and parallel LRC circuits, we are learning residential wiring 2nd semester. We are currently wiring circuit panels, branch circuits, half inch EMT conduit bending, running NM cable and fishing wire, wiring switches, receptacles(normal duplex, split recpetacles, gfi including how to protect multiple receptacles with a single gfi run off the load side), afci, lights, fans, baseboard heaters, etc. And doing all of that in compliance with NEC 2017. I'm sure I'll end up starting as a basic apprentice anyways but my school is 100% paid off with 0 debt and I will be able to at least walk into a job site when I get out of school and not be an absolute greenhorn who can't contribute anything meaningful.

  • I can add one of my coworkers is a non union electrician and he went to a trade school for electronics he went to ITT TECH AND paid an ungodly amount of money for it and it's not transferable either now alot of companies want for management spots a BA in some kind of enphasys in management.

  • Now if you are not picked to get into a union the only idea or choice you have is a community college and make sure the AAS is transferable to a 4 year college so you can upgrade it to a bachelor's degree for a management position if needed . I have known people who go to trade school or technical schools and are locked because the only thing they can be is a tech , myself I just looked into transferring my 2 year AAS to a college that will accept it to add another 60 credits for a BA dont know what it will do but I have heard for a management idea a BA will be better than just having an AAS

  • I went to a college for electronics technology this was just basic electronics theory DC theory AC theory , digital electronics, analog electronics, how to use an oscilloscope now the big idea was PLC technology, now I did go to hvac/r there was alot of electrical controls and alot of different ideas so yes I agree now when I was going to school most employers are looking for at least some 2 year technical degree other than if you cant get into a union community colleges if your able to get a Pell grant that will lower your education cost .

  • I am enrolled in a state accredited trade school, in industrial/commercial/residential wiring program and a control engineer program. (an A.A.S) fancy words aside a trade program with an AA attached. 95% of students are younger than myself and do not appreciate the opportunity for advanced learning. C's get get degrees is the M'O. I personally come from a food industry background, (chef, sous-chef, comis-chef back-ground. no stranger to extreme long hours and low pay with no benefits) I did research and got the pell grant which pays for 97% of my schooling. And I appreciate it. I study, I work, I build circuits in my spare time, I network within the construct of my instructors. School is what you make it. (In my experience hiring people from a culinary school on average are not ready to work in the industry). the same applies even more so for electrical work. People can get injured, or get killed. i approach the everything the same way i have one chance and i will not fuck it up. i will underwhelm and overachieve. I am no stranger to the concept of work and money and lost time. The point I want to make is school is work, go to school as you would work. on time not on your phone.

  • Thanks for doing these videos! You talked about doing classes at night as part of an apprenticeship. Is this standard for apprenticeships and what is the process for applying to an apprenticeship program? Does the employer set you up or should you apply through a state licensing board of some sort?

  • A tech school here in Wisconsin has a one-year diploma program. It costs about 6000 dollars. The hours equal one year of apprenticeship. I would feel more comfortable starting with some base of knowledge before showing up at job site. From what I understand the program involves book learning and practical skills.

  • went to trade school for electrical and paid 18,000 for the course,after I graduated I wasnt licensed or anything..had the knowledge and concepts of resi and commercial but for that much money I paid, I thought I was going to at least be a journeyman after I got out of school. I'm doing maintenance in a factory now but I rather be out in the field doing commercial or residential jobs..

  • I'm located in Knoxville tennessee, and the local TCAT promises apprentice level 1 diploma, level 2 certificate, and helper certificate in 12 months. For me, it seems to expedite the process a bit. I've been wiring my whole life, but kind of doing a career change from turning wrenches at the moment, so want to learn everything as professionally as possible and not spend 4 years as an apprentice. We'll see how it goes. The state is paying for it all 🙂 but at 34, its time to do something different! I did attend Nashville Auto Diesel college in 03, and at that time, they didn't even provide ase certs. It was pretty much a scam. I paid a lot of money to just sit and watch power point presentations. This time around, i did my checking to make sure this place was accredited and met the state credentials.

  • I’m in Phoenix AZ and the IBEW local 640 is a four year program and you work 40 hours a week and take a four hour class once a week? It’s like 10 grand after four years, but you make 25 an hour after four years. I tried looking for a non union job and they all seem to require experience or apprenticeship? How do I find a non union job that will train me?

  • Here in Los Angeles I think you might need at least 150 class hours from a state approved school to get your trainee card, after getting your trainee card you can apply for an apprenticeship program in the states registry of licensed contractors that are qualified to provide you legitimate OJT hours that go towards your Journeyman qualification.
    Even after getting your trainee card and finding an apprenticeship program, you have to stay enrolled in the trade school until you are certified.

  • I'm a first year apprentice in the union outta boston, schools free you pay for books but it's great you go to school one day a week 8hrs and work the rest of the week I have been in for about 6 months and have learned a good amount both on the job and in school…

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