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Best trade for Mature age apprenticeship?

Discussion in 'Tradie Advice' started by greenacc, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. rucxy

    rucxy Donating Member

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    I became a qualified Overhead Lineman at the young age of 45 am now 47 and still loving the work although can be physically tiring keeping up with 21yr olds, it really is a young mans game.
    I have unofficially been offered a High Voltage cable jointers apprenticeship.
    Not because of my age but the fact that i take pride in my work and attention to detail.
     
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    Drawnnite Obviously Unsensible

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    Cable Jointers is a sweet as role.
    Well the HV side anyway. Half a day to a day just to do a joint following all the instructions isn't out of the ordinary at times.
    Or sit in the HV cubicles doing terms, keeping it clean and tidy the whole way through.

    *noticed I said it on the last page, but anyway here is some more detail
    For any trade, pick something you enjoy, not so much what the pay is.
    You might not want to be a plumber for particular reasons, but have a look into what other options there are in the trade and go from there.
    Industrial plumber in gas for example is way different to commercial or domestic digging undergrounds.
    Same can be said for any trade. Industrial sparky is different to commercial or domestic, then there are the specialist areas in those aswell.

    If you can, and you enjoy Electrical but want to have a lot of thinking involved, consider looking for an Instrument Tech apprenticeship. They are very rare to find now, as its a bit of a dieing trade on its own.
    Its basically a dual trade electrician, that does a massive variety of works and can open up a load of doors.
    Can be found a lot of process plants, oil, gas, pharmaceuticals, foods and the list goes on. Working on liquids, pneumatics, and electrical.
    Normally its a clean role with not much heavy lifting in some aspects.

    Its what I looked into when as a 3rd year sparky had finished all schooling. Did it part time at night school and then also 1 day a week after that. Totalled to 2 years extra on the elec apprenticeship (dual trade apps are 5 years if you can score one).
    Most recently had used it in the Petrochem industry which is pretty awesome to know how everything works and being able to understand a whole process. But now am moving onto getting into the Engineering side (so dual trade + engineer), so hopefully can lead to the more enjoyable roles of design, prototype, test and commission.
     
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    The big issue as I see it is will he be able to handle starting off at a job that others
    normally start when they leave school. Having someone a lot younger than him
    telling him what to do might be a problem. Could he handle this?
     
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    My foreman is younger than the amount of time i have spent in the workforce. But he has over a decade of experience in the industry, so in my opinion it will come down to your own personality and how you you can deal with it.
    If you can't, don't bother changing jobs or as in my case you just deal with it and listen to the advice given from your senior and understand he probably feels just as 'stink' as you.
    I live by the motto of take the constructive criticism/advice and "man up", as the younger guys look at you for the life experiences and words of wisdom.
     

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