Owning my career By Dallas Howard

Labor union which represents electrical workers

I would like to be apart of IBEW (The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) which is a Labor union that represents nearly 750,000 workers and retirees in the electrical industry. I want to be a lineman, or a journeyman lineman, who works on power lines or even power plants, focusing on lines and generators used for the distribution of electricity. Pacific Power is a Pacific coast based company in the United States.

To become a Lineman one must attend Lineman school, go through a year and a half Pre-apprenticeship who makes $22 per hour, then they go through a four year apprenticeship. While going through the apprenticeship, the apprentice starts out making $27.50 an hour, slowly making their way up to $47.50 an hour. By the time they're making $47.50 they're promoted to having the title of "lineman" or even "journeyman lineman". In order to become a lineman, I need to have a high school diploma, or my GED. Along with that, I must have a passing grade in algebra of a C or better, and a class A CDL. Although not required, chances of hire go up dramatically if you have a two-year associates degree, and had studied 'electrical distribution theory'.

Why does this career interest me? I've always had a nac for facing my fears. Growing up I had tons of fears and when I started to get older I learned that for some odd reason I figured out that I love the adrenaline rush you get when you do something you're afraid of doing. When I was little my dad took me to the yard and took me up in a bucket, and his friend Brandon took the controls that were in the truck and wiggled us around a ton which scared the hell out of me. I've been afraid of heights ever since, and I want to change that, while having a solid career in doing so. My dad loves his job and is very prideful in it, so there must be something more there than just a bunch of dudes stringing wire across poles and turning power on in houses.

There is no specific reason why I am the obvious choice, except the fact that I'll have had experience in the field from interning in CSB and that I'm the hardest worker. In the picture above is many lineman in lineman school training to become a lineman. I chose this picture because it shows lots of people learning and striving towards the same goal: To graduate and become a lineman, and I know I would be twice the worker that any of them would be.
Pacific Power is a line company stationed all up and down the west coast, I would like to start my work as a lineman here so I would always be close to home, but if I had a choice I would choose to be stationed in the Medford yard for my total Pre-apprentice and Apprenticeship.

I would like to work for pacific power, but during my first few years I might have to travel around the country to wherever good work is available. Power companies hire as they need to fill positions in because most workers main goal is to find a good place to settle down in and or try to get back to the yard nearest to their home. I learn the necessary skills for the job not only in lineman training school but also in everyday life, or manual labor jobs. Just knowing how to man a shovel is a good skill, along with knowing how to figure out how to use tools and being good with your hands.

To get into a Lineman college You visit their website and apply, Pay certain fees, and graduate. After graduation from lineman school, You search for a Pre-apprenticeship in companies, if you finish your pre-apprenticeship at a company and they like the way you work, you could go strait into an apprenticeship from there, making your way up to be a lineman.

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