A Journeyman Electrician’s Story Of Pre-Apprenticeship Training Opportunities
(SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA) - Jonathan Rodgers was 32 before he learned what conduit was or how to install a light switch.
Today, at 40, he’s enjoying his third year as a Journeyman Electrician in the North State.
A Corning High School graduate, Rodgers grew up in Tehama County - living for each sports season.
After high school and sports, he admits he had a hard time finding his path.
He tried college classes, worked in sales and a grocery store, but was searching for more.
From time to time, Rodgers’ mother would tell him he should consider the Construction Trades, but he recalls thinking, how do you do that and how did you get onto a construction crew?
Rodgers’ sister-in-law’s father was an Electrician in the Bay Area and she connected Rodgers with Andrew Meredith, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 340 contact in Redding.
Rodgers soon learned about Apprenticeships, passed the required written exam and started a five-year combination of paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
In the Trades, the time investment differs.
Becoming an Electrician takes at the longest: A five-year Apprenticeship; 8,000 work hours in the Trade; and passing a 4.5-hour state exam.
Rodgers has worked on large projects like the courthouses in Red Bluff and Chico, schools and most recently on Cal Plant, the Willows industrial facility that will convert rice husks into a type of particle board. The billion-dollar project employed more than 60 Electricians and included multiple high voltage substations, enough to power small cities.
Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Rogers and others are still waiting to see the finished product come to life.
Rodgers will admit that he’s put in some long hours on the Cal Plant project, but for the most part, he’s never driven more than 1.5 hours away to work, and over the last four years, he’s never worked more than 45 minutes from home.
He praises his training and credits it for preparing him for several Foreman opportunities that have come his way.
Rodgers said working in the Construction Trades is hard work and requires commitment.
He tries to take time with Apprentices on his job sites.
“Maybe it’s because it hasn’t really been that long since I was there,” Rodgers said. “But I try to take time and answer their questions.”
North State Builds, a partnership of Building and Construction Trades Councils, represents Workers across 14 North State counties.
A five-week Pre-Apprenticeship Training will take place July 19th through August 20th in Redding.
The class will help attendees better understand their options in a variety of Trades like masonry, heavy equipment operations, plumbing and electrical.
It will help them prepare for the Pre-Apprenticeship interview and provide a math refresher.
There is no cost to attend and a minor pay incentive will be provided.
Women and Minorities are encouraged to attend.
For more information, visit www.northstatebuilds.com.
More of these classes are being offered throughout Northern California counties during 2021.
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