I started in electrical trade in 1988 while I was still in high school. On the weekends I was building and wiring electrical control panels in the basement for my dad’s company.
Little did I know I would make a career out of it.
After high school I went to work for a couple different electrical contractors and over the next 15 years I became an expert at troubleshooting, engineering and installing electrical control systems in manufacturing plants.
If the machine had a wire on it I was all over it.
Now day’s dad and I are partners and we work on everything from robots, conveyers, industrial computers, programmable controllers, motor control and relay logic.
We both attend annual continuing education classes and keep our KY Electrical Masters License and Contractors License current.
Below are some examples of the things we have worked on. This is nowhere close to everything but will give you an idea of what we encounter.
This is a safety system we designed and installed for a customer to prevent the loss of fingers. 😳
The next system was installed in the early 80’s and is used in a metal plating process. I’m called to trouble-shoot different problems from time to time and have even discussed upgrading the system for them.
The next system is in a cardboard box manufacturing plant. Pizza boxes and other perforated boxes are manufactured on this equipment. This one was stopping intermittently and I found some loose wires. Took me 20 minutes but hey, I was tired. 😁
Three years ago we designed and installed a box stacking system around the KUKA robot in the picture below. We just recently decommissioned it. The manufacturing process changed and it was no longer needed.
So I got paid to design it, install it, trouble-shoot and repair it when it broke down, install upgrades and un-hook it when they were finished with it. I’m going to miss this one. Good thing there are many others like it. 💵😁
Electrical safety is very important so lock-out tag-out procedures must be followed. If you look closely at the red lock there is a label that Alison made for me. It says I love you daddy. ❤️ That’s a great reminder to work safe.
For years I’ve crawled on top of machines, inside of them and under them to get the job done. It’s part of what it takes to keep these machines running for our customers.
The electrical trade has been good to me over the last 30 years and it’s very rewarding to fix things with my hands using tools. Is that weird? Haha!
We need more tradesmen and woman to keep our manufacturing plants up and running. Seems like most people aren’t willing to invest 5 years working as an apprentice. At least they are getting paid to learn. I call that on the job training. 😉
If you want to get into the electrical trade let me know and I’ll connect you with some first class companies that are almost always hiring newbies.