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Postby heismyboss » Sat Jan 13, 2007 12:00 am

Im a Trainee at Siemens in Albany.
Just one of the new boys but so far the training schemes are pretty good.
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Re: Trainees

Postby jeffREE » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:10 pm

Guest wrote:Just wanting to see how many overhead trainees are out there at the moment, and how your company goes about your on job training.

We have month long stints to start with, in the Transformer Dept, Stores, Underground, and Service Truck.
There are around 12 trainees at work at the moment (although 3 have just finished their final block course), and not many more lineman, which makes it hard to learn


So do you guys get to do ANY linework during your training, all very well learing other skills but after a month(!!!) in each thats around 4 months lost, where abouts are you from?
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Postby bigclive » Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:21 am

A bit of experience in all areas is invaluable. A particular individual might show skill in a particular area, and at the very least all trainees will have a better understanding of the whole industry.

Things like that can make a big difference.
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Postby nigel newton » Tue Jan 30, 2007 8:49 pm

i work for the same company as guest, we do still get a lot of line work,and with the amount of work in our region we get a huge variety of exposure from large scale shutdowns involving all staff to erecting poles by helicopter in the sounds and we have many lineman with 20+years experience to learn from.personally i have fond much of what i have learned in other dept.,especially transformers has helped me in the field on the lines
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Postby bigclive » Wed Jan 31, 2007 7:26 am

Nothing to do with linework, but a lot to do with the state of the electrical industry today in the UK... I was working on a site this week where there was a gaffer and six workers. One labourer, FOUR apprentices and just ONE electrician. The gaffer claimed they just couldn't get electricians. So where have they gone? Have they left the trade or emigrated?

I know the level of red tape on construction sites is well past the point of making even the simplest job a chore, so I'm guessing many seasoned sparks are changing trades or moving out.
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Postby otdrmn » Wed Jan 31, 2007 9:04 pm

We currently have 16 trainees and all are showing great promise...
Only hope they stay for a few years to get their experience levels up before they head off overseas.
When they return they'll be much more skilled and ready to settle down.
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Postby heismyboss » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:09 pm

otdrmn wrote:We currently have 16 trainees and all are showing great .


13 out of 16 are good at Pole top rescue as well :oops:
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Postby otdrmn » Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:45 pm

:D It's early days yet young fella, bet ya wont make those mistakes again though...eh! :D
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Postby squizzy » Sat Feb 10, 2007 8:11 pm

Its all a learning experience to start with. In NZ how long is it before the trainees are allowed to work on live LV as it was around 18 months before I was allowed to in Australia. And there was no exceptions even with the all the trainees in my intake being electricians..
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Postby DaveM » Thu Feb 15, 2007 6:41 pm

It's a shame, but a lot of trainees are bound to be lured away by better pay rates overseas once they have their tickets, and who can blame them
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Postby heismyboss » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:19 pm

otdrmn wrote::D It's early days yet young fella, bet ya wont make those mistakes again though...eh! :D


Nope, not in a hurry :oops:
we decided that we needed our Manager to show up with a box just to relax us a bit :!:
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Postby otdrmn » Tue Feb 20, 2007 9:28 pm

What ~ a box of crackers?
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Postby bigclive » Wed Feb 21, 2007 9:38 am

A box of laxatives. :lol:
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So what did you do...

Postby squizzy » Fri Mar 02, 2007 12:06 am

OK heismyboss what did you do? We all have done funny things at some stage but you have let the cat out of the bag :D
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Postby bigclive » Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:09 am

Yeah. Spill the beans. It wasn't something like THIS was it?

http://www.powerlineman.com/downloads/poletopdrop.wmv
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