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    I'm thinking forward a couple of years as I'm in an industry that's on a downward spiral and I have serious concerns that my job won't be around much longer.

    Has anyone here done it? I'm thinking of looking into becoming a sparky, but I'm 33.

    Just looking for feedback and advice from anyone that's done/doing it.

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    I believe [MENTION=24398]Speed Dealer[/MENTION] is a MAA sparky
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    Originally posted by Phildo
    Noted. We'll check back on that one in three years
    Originally posted by filbert
    i'll pretend you didn't know she was 13

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    • #3
      I started my electrical apprenticeship when I was 23. Now 30 and have been qualified a few years.

      For the 1st and 2nd years I did commercial service work. For the 3rd and 4th years of my apprenticeship I was with the construction division of the Water Corporation (which the state Liberals sold to RCR).

      1st and 2nd years I was on about $15/hr. With the Water Corporation having a union negotiated EBA I was on $36/hr.

      At 25 I was the youngest apprentice. The oldest was in his mid 40s.

      A lot of larger companies prefer mature age apprentices as they're considered more reliable, responsible, and well...mature...

      Bottom line... can you cop earning way less money for 4 years? That's the question you need to be weighing up. Other than that, I highly recommend doing a trade, no matter how old you are.

      If you're interested in electrical. Google Electrical Group Training (NECA) WA.

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      • #4
        Also I think [MENTION=5183]TurboR1[/MENTION] has just started as a MAA
        #1 Gold Ticket Holder for the Barfridge Fan Club
        Originally posted by Phildo
        Noted. We'll check back on that one in three years
        Originally posted by filbert
        i'll pretend you didn't know she was 13

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        • #5
          I have a money buffer that will see me right for a year or two at current expenses, assuming I get a redundancy I'd be right for a couple more. I'm not worried with earning less if ultimately I have better career prospects.
          In saying that, if anyone is looking for a mature age apprentice, I'm ready to change jobs now!
          Thanks for the info

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SIKYSA View Post
            I have a money buffer that will see me right for a year or two at current expenses, assuming I get a redundancy I'd be right for a couple more. I'm not worried with earning less if ultimately I have better career prospects.
            In saying that, if anyone is looking for a mature age apprentice, I'm ready to change jobs now!
            Thanks for the info

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            Apply for big companies. They usually don't advertise on Seek, only on their websites.

            If you're interested in electrical. Industrial is the way to go. In housing with small companies, you work hard for low pay and poor conditions. You also learn nothing after 6 months. There's way more interesting sides to electrical than just lights in a house.

            I'm working on the M4 Westconnex Tunnel in Sydney at the moment. If you'd only ever done housing (house bashing we call it), you'd struggle to get a start on a big project.

            If you can find an electrical instrumentation apprenticeship, do that. As an instrument tech, you may as well have a money printer in your house.

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            • #7
              If you want to become a sparky be aware that your job will likely include civil work, landscaping, telecommunications cabling, security cabling, drywall installation and a little bit of electrical cabling.
              In my previous job I had to train a lot of sparkies in telecommunication systems and it seems to me that much like the telecommunications sector the electrical sector is on a rush to the bottom because even total retards are given their certificates. As Speed Dealer already mentioned they were mostly residential installers.

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              • #8
                Yep, just started an apprenticeship at 41 years of age (fuck me I'm old), by the end I'll be Electro/Instro. I'm quite lucky as I've effectively been doing instro work offshore for about 15 years and have worked as an electronic tech either along side my offshore work, prior to starting off shore and also as a hobby. So a lot of what I am doing is not new to me, and it's more so about having the piece of paper to back up what I know.

                I'm only interested in industry, mining, oil and gas etc and have no desire to work residential/commercial what so ever. So the road of industrial such as HV switching (of which I have also done a lot of), being certified for hazardous area installation (also something which I have 15 years of experience in) is what I want to specialise in. Knowing what you want to be doing, certainly helps deciding which avenue you want to go down.
                Trying to think of a wise and sincere signature quote, but the only words that leap to mind are, "TITTY SPRINKLES"

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                • #9
                  I think I'd like to specialise, I guess it's just a matter of whether the jobs are going when I am ready to commit.
                  If I'm honest I'm over my current job already and am just waiting out a redundancy.
                  Thanks for the info

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                  • #10
                    Subed, [MENTION=27804]SIKYSA[/MENTION] thanks for starting this thread and apologies in advance for the shameless hijack.

                    I'm looking for a motor mechanism apprenticeship. At the moment committed to a project till the end of June. Then there is a possibility me returning to a similar scope in 2020 but I'm willing to give that up for a LV, HV or motorcycle apprenticeship.

                    Anyone looking for a mature age, reliable grease monkey or anyone here know someone that looking for one please PM me.

                    Many thanks
                    Best I can do to describe the issue is this.
                    Normally it goes BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, shift, BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

                    But now it's a bit more like this
                    BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-r-R-R-r-r-r-r-r-, shift

                    exan

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                    • #11
                      Truthfully I had a very hard time in trying to gain a MAA.
                      I returned to uni through OUA and am a stay at home dad on nothing.... read zero.... our family of 5 lives on my wife's wage.
                      Ive been dong this for about 18 months.
                      It is hard but rewarding and ultimately not a decision based on remuneration as mining and the transport industry are easy to get work in.
                      Best of luck gaining the apprenticeship and the journey ahead.

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                      • #12
                        I've always been interested in carpentry... even just hobby woodworking with the view of being able to build a cubby house for the kids or a log cabin... functional building skills rather than decorative/ornamental...

                        Where to begin? Buy some wood and a hammer and bang the two together?

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                        • #13
                          If you're only interested in doing as a hobby then there is little benefit in going through the rigmarole of an apprenticeship. In all honesty you'd be wasting your time, the company's time and a TAFE enrolment while robbing the opportunity from someone that actually wants to pursue it as a career.

                          There are plenty short courses, forums, groups, online videos and weekend classes that can teach you all you need to know.
                          Trying to think of a wise and sincere signature quote, but the only words that leap to mind are, "TITTY SPRINKLES"

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by INTJ View Post
                            I've always been interested in carpentry... even just hobby woodworking with the view of being able to build a cubby house for the kids or a log cabin... functional building skills rather than decorative/ornamental...

                            Where to begin? Buy some wood and a hammer and bang the two together?
                            Honestly...YouTube.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BikeONE View Post
                              motorcycle apprenticeship.
                              I'd advise against combining your passion with work. It'll soon just be work and not your passion. You dream of building custom bikes when in reality all you'll be doing is changing oil. Also, if you thought you'd be poor as an apprentice, becoming a motorcycle mechanic will take your pay packet to new lows even when qualified.

                              When considering a mechanics apprenticeship, also consider the limited future of fossil fuel powered vehicles in your lifetime, and the fact that all new cars are so computerised, you plug them in to a computer and it tells you what needs fixing.

                              Starting as an apprentice mechanic on petrol/diesel vehicles now, in 20 years time, you will just be a battery swapper.

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