If either way I am going to start at the bottom what is the point of going to school?
What's the diff? Pepsi or Coke?
The difference is that when taught formally you'll learn theory. In other words you'll be taught how it works.
Often (depending on your 'on the job' mentoring lineman you could be taught) never mind how it works just do it this way.
Haven't you ever heard of a father teaching his kid how to drive. When you get to a stop sign, just make sure no is coming and slide on through.
Amost every lineman has a bad habit or more and all of them know how to take short cuts. They may get away with it because of their of experience but you don't have that and may get burned. Literally.
Think about an auto technician. In days gone by you could learn to repair a car under an old shade tree watching an elder. Not today, it's beyond their capability.
Get the basics and you'll be a lot better for it.
The Old Lineman
Last edited by old lineman; 12-10-2006 at 03:14 PM.
Go get em kid! I've been in the trade for the past 30 years and have loved every minute of it. Be prepared to work very long hours, work in ****ty conditions, work with real *******s, and take crap from everyone. If you can handle that.... you will be successful and rewarded. I have been responsible for getting kids like you into the trade and watched them spread thier wings and mentor others. If you do get into this trade, everything else will be second to this career. You HAVE to be on your game here, focused, and tuned in. Good luck! Remember.... give back to the trade and teach when you make it.
I am new to this forum and hopefully a newbie apprentice soon. I have been reading through this forum for a few weeks now whenever I get the chance. You will see there are strong feelings about school vs. JATC vs. signing the books. My Dad was a lineman for 20+ years and still works in the industry. He has worked for contractors and utilities, union and non-union shops, and it all started with Mo Valley JATC. He says the same as most of the guys on this post - go balls to the wall, work smart, work hard, and you will be rewarded (eventually). Good Luck.
Thanks to all you old timers in the field helping us young bucks get started.
Last edited by 2ndGenHopeful; 12-11-2006 at 12:50 PM.