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Sat May 22, 2021, 08:55 AM

4. I competed at the national level a few years ago...

 

It wasn't the same organization, but it was still a national competition. Our team won state in Florida, then went to Louisville for the nationals. We placed 15th. It was a descent time. A lot of hard work. All contestants were required to be enrolled students in a program related to the field that they were competing in.

I left my long time IT job after 20 years and went back to school. I have 2 IT related degrees and now a vocational certificate. I'm working as an electrician today, and have been for 4 years.

In Florida, you don't have to go through an apprenticeship program or even hold a journeyman card at all to be able to test for your Electrical license. There are strict requirements though. A minimum of six years in the field, and a series of examinations. I'm hopeful that I'll be able to get my license by the time I'm 60. Working for an electrical contractor doesn't pay much and there are no benefits. The work is very rewarding - especially when you can resolve a problem for a customer. I've already seen what some "electricians" do for customers. It's satisfying to repair a potentially unsafe electrical issue for a customer. They are very appreciative. Especially those that have been shocked.

The NEC is a wonderful organization. I doubt that people fully appreciate what the electrical code has done for them.

Of course, I can only speak for the electrical field.

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