Gerhard Dekker, my first Electrical Mentor, (RIP) and reviewing the Employment Equity Act

Gerhard Dekker my first electrical Mentor, and reviewing the Employment Equity Act

Mental Health and Addiction In The Trades

I’ve been thinking a lot about mental health and addiction in the trades these days. So much so that I frequent the Centre For Disease Control and World Health Organization websites looking for interesting articles and statistics regarding construction workers and their overall relationship to mental health and addiction. I have heard that rates of … Continue reading Mental Health and Addiction In The Trades

Unions, Get In One and Get Off Your Butt. A Trade Workers Perspective.

 An electrician’s perspective on why joining a union as a tradesperson is the smartest thing you’ll ever do, and why just paying your dues isn't good enough. What’s a union?  A labour union is a group of workers who group themselves together to bargain with governments, industry and employers to improve working conditions.  Its me, you, … Continue reading Unions, Get In One and Get Off Your Butt. A Trade Workers Perspective.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN…?

Something changed forever in me when my father died. I must have been at the ripest age for that sort of experience, because I’m certain the direction of my life altered forever on that day. In my late teenage years, I was asking exciting questions to the universe, such as: ‘What am I going to … Continue reading HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ELECTRICIAN…?

On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.

  I have recently officially received my papers showing I have completed my apprenticeship.  I have endured 6000 workplace hours, taken four levels of electrical schooling, and am now called a journeyman/journeywoman/journeyperson.  I have been working towards this accomplishment vehemently for about five years, and oh, what a journey it has been.  I am now … Continue reading On Becoming Journeyed; Four lessons I have learned the hard way as a trade woman.

Dichotomys; Brain vrs. Heart

The other day a fellow electrician posted an image to his facebook page.  It said: 'my politics are simple, I'm basically against anything that kills people or the planet we live on'.  I had a chuckle at this. Does he know? Has he considered the job he spends his waking passionate hours doing is something … Continue reading Dichotomys; Brain vrs. Heart

BULLIED, SELF ESTEEM, ENDURANCE AND WIT.

Right before I head to my second year of schooling, where I will finally learn all about single phase AC (Alternating Current) electricity (because in your first year you only touch on DC,  Direct Current), I am stuck on a substation site as an electrical apprentice and first aid attendant with one other worker, Tim … Continue reading BULLIED, SELF ESTEEM, ENDURANCE AND WIT.