Apprentice Photo"Becoming a union electrician is one of the smartest decisions I made. It’s a dream job for people who don’t want to go to college and who like to work with their hands. For the first time I consider work not just a job, but a career. And for the first time I feel I am being fairly paid."

Coleatus Thomas, 3rd Term Apprentice

"Everyday I appreciate how much I look forward to my work. Taking an active roll in interesting jobs from beginning to end is satisfying. I like the hands-on component and the variety, especially now with green building. I take pride in contributing to a better world."

Clayton Kingston, Vancouver, 4-year Journeyman

Apprentice Photo"Residential remodeling is my preference. Why? You never know what the wiring will look like behind the walls of older homes. Trying to understand logic of previous electricians fascinates me. Being a union electrician is more than a job to me. It’s a satisfying career; it’s an extended family and it’s how I plan to retire."

Eric Jensen, Tualatin, 10-year Journeyman

Apprentice Photo"After high school, college seemed natural. After switching degrees four times I looked at other options. I found out electrical work paid well and I liked that it involved analytical and mathematical skills. Not racking up more college debt, and earning while learning sealed the deal."

Kelly Rainey, Hillsboro, 4-year Journeyman

Apprentice Photo"Quality of life is important. Being a union electrician allows me to earn an honest and good living while doing something I enjoy each and every day. I take pride in the quality of my craft and I enjoy the variety it offers. It’s been nine years since I’ve chosen this trade as my career, and looking back I wouldn’t change a thing."

Lisa Peterson, Oregon City, 4-year Journeyman