Jonathan Sparks 33


Electrician


I actually started my own residential electrical company two years ago so I guess you have to say construction was the right choice for me.  I decided to go into construction in high school.  I knew that a good trades career would mean a good living and steady work and I wasn’t much good at things like history and science.  I definitely wanted an active job but I’m not crazy about working outside all the time.  I’m not a big guy so really heavy work would get harder as I got older.  Those are the kinds of things I thought about and in the end the electrical trade seemed perfect.  Look at my last name – I must have been meant to be an electrician. To the people at work I’m just ‘Sparky’. The apprenticeship to become an electrician was as hard as any university program but I was never against working hard to learn something if it was going to get me somewhere. I worked for a small general contractor while I was apprenticing which was good because we did a little bit of everything – pulling wires, installing alarm systems, putting in the cables for telecom equipment and things like that.  After that I went to a company that specialized in maintenance for asphalt and concrete plants and that was a whole new education in working with transformers and generators and the actual production equipment – not to mention the control systems but they take an electrician with special training.  What I do now is pretty basic in terms of the electrical trade but I call my own shots now and I’ve never looked back.
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Jonathan Sparks

Electrician

I actually started my own residential electrical company two years ago so I guess you have to say construction was the right choice for me.  I decided to go into construction in high school.  I knew that a good trades career would mean a good living and steady work and…
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Electrician
Essentials Skills


  • Reading Text
  • Document Use
  • Measurements & Calculations
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
Financial Expectation

Electrician

Education Roadmap

Electrician

Career ETA: 5 years

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