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I'm in the USA.
Get a copy of the NEC and go be an apprentice.
How do I become an apprentice?.
Go to the nearest IBEW union hall and they'll get you started.
Gah! They it says want my high school transcripts on their site!
I graduated 14 years ago. I don't have any transcripts on me.
call or go to your old school and ask for a copy this isn't crypto trading it's not that hard
also, refresh on Algebra you will need to go in and take a math + reading comprehension test at your local union.
Linear algebra or abstract algebra?
You’re a wanker
>tfw local IBEW only accepts apprentices once a fucking year, so im stuck with an HVAC apprenticeship and will have to be torn between eventually quitting a job ill have a year into for a CHANCE at the ibew job, or just sticking with hvac, which ive heard is a lot shittier than electrician
The HVAC industry will likely be a huge growth industry because of heatpumps. Installers are making ridiculous amounts of money in my country this year (Netherlands).
what's so special about a heat pump compared to a traditional ac unit?
They are built for both heating and cooling. Furnaces are going out of fashion. Here in Europe also getting a tad expensive to run, maybe even unreliable if there's gas rationing.
The US won't see as big a hype as Europe has right now, but the energy transition is still going to swing the market.
Heat pumps are super common in the US already
>Heat pumps are super common in the US already
Common, but not ubiquitous. AC+Furnace is way more common. If these swap market size, that's going to require a lot more heatpump engineers. If it happens fast like it's doing now in Europe, you will be able to make bank.
I doubt most of the HVAC tradies have a clue how to design an integrated cooling/heating/hot-water system. The difference in system design is a hell of a lot more than a valve. I know that here in Europe heatpump installs are way too often complete fuck ups.
>The US won't see as big a hype as Europe has right now, but the energy transition is still going to swing the market.
It's 1981 all over again.
>How Do I Become An Electrician?
You don't want to be a residential electrician. You won't make shit. Also, forget the union tards. Take an electrical course at a trade school, get hired somewhere and spend a few years learning, then either hang out your own shingle or get a cushy job as an electrician at a commercial business like a manufacturing plant or steel mill.
>>im stuck with an HVAC apprenticeship
HVAC is a good trade to be in. You'll learn electrical, plumbing, sheet metal, light carpentry, etc. Work a few years as an installer and then learn to do service so you can make real money.
Ignore the union retards OP, just send in a resume at any electrical company that focuses on residential electrical construction, say you are a starter, stay on until they indenture you into the trade and then move on to a larger commercial, industrial, or maintenance company.
Just say you are willing to work, make sure you at least have a drivers license and vehicle and dont be a pussy. Dig trenches and pull wires for a few months, either stick with residential construction for a bit (not a terrible idea, as with other mechanical trades/carpentry you learn lots about the ins and outs of your own house and become a half decent handyman) or get on as a gopher for a maintenance/service company.
Find some small electrical company who needs help and will take on apprentices. Then learn on the job. Do it for enough years and you'll be decent enough to feel comfortable calling yourself an electrician.
Did you know you can call yourself an electrician without being in the union or having a license? You can and it's great.
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