For the past two and a half years, I had the privilege of working as an electrician for Cummings Electrical. Most of that time was donated to the company. I worked at 5 different job sites. Pre-Fab, Chef BOBO, Cooks Children’s in Ft. Worth, Dallas remodel (Westend Market Place) and UTD.
The reason I was laid off was for a “reduction in workforce”. In the time I was employed, I took a blue print reading class, and two auto cad classes; to which I took a summer course to reduce the time down to a year and 1/2 of school. With that, I received a pluther of on the job training.
I learned and performed pre-fabrication, distribution, wire pull, termination, alternate currents, continuity, conductors, man holes, low/high voltage (electrical systems/voltage drop 80% of power), bus ducts, disconnects, bonding, isolated grounding, pier chart, designing/engineering, maintenance, some trouble shooting, remodeling, fix/repair, painting (primer, sanding, taping, patching mud and paint, joints and drywall, (mostly for not getting back charged) ceiling tile/ceiling grid, safety, excavation, material maintenance (a lot that went waisted) ATS/UPS (Power Plan), lighting control panels, riser install, conduit fill, conductors, megging (15) conductor test, Degrees, XY coordinates, raceways, photo cell, travelers, switch leg, three way switch, dimmers, square measurements, some carpentry/some framing, land surveying (elevation), wall penetrating, plenum ratings, QAQC, flagging (traffic control) lift training, anchoring/drilling (w/hepa filter), using compactor, backfilling, more preventative maintenance (pencil whipping), safety protocol, mop (method of procedure), life safety, fluorescent testing, fall protection/arrest ( i.e ‘d’ ring, lolipop, beam clamp 2000, harness) circuts/panel scheduling, pipe labeling, p-touch, trimout, branch, wall rough/overhead installation (power, lighting & pipe), temporary power, KVA Transformer, generator, pvc/rigid, sealtite, flex, cable tray (including install), disconnects, watt stoppers, vfd, rtu, air handlers, smoke dampers, vav, fire alarm, data, relays, lighting controls, LIM Cable, MI cable, MC cable, flex, foot bender, table bender and triple nichol bender, gutters, boxes, home runs, #10 #8, inbeds/inserts, layout, as builds (blue print reading) lighting/power plan, schematics, interior lighting design and many different methods/tools for doing the job. Did I leave anything out?
Most of the time were dangerous situations, heights, and tight spaces. Cave-ins weren’t too bad, but just a little dirt can produce a lot of pressure. I popped out a vertebrae, twisted my foot pretty bad, but their weren’t too many close calls (thanks safety). Doesnt mean they weren’t around the corner.
It’s a prideful job with a lot of risks. I’m proud to have worked and I will do it again. I would like to move on to other things and learn more, or school. So let’s bring it on. HArd WORK buddy. I’m glad to have met some of the guys that worked there and other trades. Some not so much. Most of the guys were good dudes.
That’s where 2 and 1/2 years without writing goes. And in this time I remained clean and sober.