It has been an interesting summer as a first year Journeyman. The challenges have been real, and the responsibilities–real but rewarding. I find myself referring back into what I have learned in dealing with some scenarios I see on the job. Just having a solid foundation of electrical concepts to stand on, a uniform way to operate…and the “network” is helpful.
The “network” is a collection of my classmates, lead Journeyman, foreman, project managers, superintendents….even a safetyguy who I can call on for advice in situations where I have questions….or the other way around…..or even just to say “hey” and laugh with for a second.
Believe me, I’ve had to use code knowledge, calculations…. sizing over-current protection and wire, and know how of various motor control applications already….and to think there were some in the field who told me, some of these things “I wouldn’t need, cause I’d never see em” and it’s not even a year and I am seeing “em”…plus much more.
In the middle of all this “newness” I got the chance to teach a few classes of bootcamp to this years incoming apprentices. I could see myself and a few of my friends in those seats….and in teaching the electrical basics…I gave a piece of me just like my instructors and a few good journeyman gave me a piece of themselves…from these apprentices I received a fresh viewpoint and that eagerness…it is all a circle….skill, knowledge and attitude…on so many levels.
This fall I become a student again. I decided to take some continuing education classes to stay on top of my game. Someone told me that you don’t really start learning until you come out of your time…that statement is nothing but the truth…