Got a call from a guy that I had worked with years ago with a job offer on High Tensision power line towers.
After talking with the Supervisor that ran the towers maintenance crew. I ask if I could start with a grounds man job in order to observe what was going on and how things operated for a while before I started climbing. I told him that I would rather start on the ground. That way I am not on a tower hindering the Linesman by not knowing how or when to do something. I am sure that a lot of climbers can relate to what I mean. Being up a tree with a rookie that hands you a cresant wrench when you need a biner does not work to well and aggregates everyone involved. Besides it can be dangerous.
After three weeks of ground work changing out guy lines. I started climbing with a Master Electrican to help him. I have been with him for two weeks now and we have clicked fairly well.
We have finished the guy replacements and are now getting ready to go back and start changing out the Steele and insulators. The Master had filled out and have gotten back the paper work to get me registered with the state as an Electrical Apprentice without my knowing. Said that he did not want to disapoint me if I were turned down.
So that is it. I am now working as an Electrical Apprentice on 150' (average) electrical towers. My starting pay when we go back to work will be $22.50 per hour with top pay being around $34.00. we get a $35.00 pre deim for each day we work, Lodging paid, 100% Insurance paid, Company truck to drive from the shop to the work location which is out of state at the monment (VA).
When we hit 40 hours we go home until Monday morning. At the moment we are working four 10 hour days. Due mainly to the weather being what it is. We have had to work a couple of 5 day weeks due to ice forming on the towers.
So far I like the job and the guys I work with a lot.