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Finding an apprentice/helper position

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Anyone have suggestions on the best way to go about looking for a job in the electrical field? My experience is mostly a range of independent remodeling work, some time working for a total hack GC, and working for a small carpentry shop.

I have done a fair bit of residential electrical in Chicago (I know - this is totally frowned upon), and studied the NEC when I have free time.

Last year I moved to Bloomington IN. I looked into a community college here that offers electrical course programs but between paying tuition and taking time out of my schedule, I probably wont be able to afford to live.

The AHJ here for electrical licensing/permitting is Monroe county and they use NEC 2008 with Indiana amendments.

Anyway, I would really love to work toward a job as an electrician. I know as an apprentice, the pay will suck and it will most likely take a long while before I can legitimately call myself any kind of electrician.
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Without actually having been there, I suspect you'd have a pretty tough time becoming a qualified electrician without at least a modicum of formal coursework. OJT is fine for swinging a hammer, but there's a heckuva lot more theory involved in the electrical field.
Who does residential electrical work in PA? Anyone?
Actually, I do. There is no statewide licensing for electricians in PA, though some of the larger cities have their own licensing requirements.

With over 30 years of experience in electronics, the transition to working with pretty much the same theory but bigger wires wasn't a big deal for me. Damned if I'm going to go with a five year apprenticeship to be able to work in the big cities at this point in my life, though.
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