Tips for industrial electrician interviews.

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Do you have any tips to help prepare for an upcoming industrial electrician interview?

Are there common interview questions that come up again and again?

Brian B in Charlotte, North Carolina

89 months ago

I just recently had my interview for an industrial electrician's apprentice job. There are many basic interview questions an employer will ask you. Such as:

* Why do you want to enter the electrical trade?
* Why are you interested in "industrial" as opposed to residential/commercial?
* Are you willing to travel?
* Where do you see yourself five years from now?

I was asked similar questions as these. Obviously I was asked more, however I can't remember every one. Also, many companies are looking to see how serious you are and how committed. Remember, any trade you enter will take hard work and dedication on your part. The more you put in the more you get out of it. Most importantly, employers are looking for someone who is teachable. They don't want someone who comes in entry level and after a few weeks thinks he knows it all. Be humble, keep your mouth shut, (accept for questions), expect to do the work that comes with being at the bottem of the pole.

Finally, be yourself. Don't try to act like you know something if you don't. If someone askes you to do something that you have no idea how to do it, ask!

catherine kasonde in Ndola, Zambia

86 months ago

thank you.help me find ajob as an electrician

catherine kasonde in Ndola, Zambia

86 months ago

find me a job as an electrician

Hahnemm in Columbus, North Carolina

75 months ago

catherine kasonde in Ndola, Zambia said: Thank you for help. I recently completed my power electrical course and seeking for a job, but every Employer is asking for Exeprience.Now how ami going to have exeprience when iam being denied an oppotunity to gain it. help

The Navy/Coast Guard have excelent opertunities for getting experience and you get paid and see the world at the same time. If you don't like the water all that much,the Navy has a engineering division carred the Sea bees that build housing, run generators, and do almost all types of electrical work on land. If you like it,stay in and retire at half pay after 20 years. Good luck

Bud in Kokomo, Indiana

64 months ago

I have over 30 years of industrial electrician experience
and no one will even talk to me I'm 57 years young
and plands to work 10 more years so i don't think experience works

lamar in Victorville, California

63 months ago

Do not emphasize that you have 30 years experience.Just let them know your last 10 years employment.If you walk in and say you have 30 years.I would wonder why you dont have your own business,or Engineering degree.Show them any Documentation you have such as State Licenses,PLC trainining,AC/DC Drives,Mechanical skills such as replacing motor bearings,Gas burner controls.In todays Job Market it does not pay to invest 20 and 30 years with one company or one industry.Last but least do not let them know your age.Someone looking at your age and experienc are threatened that you are a know it alland want to be the boss.Get your resume out there online and be open to relocating.There are jobs in Alaska where you can work 2 weeks and be off 2 weeks.Send your resume to agencies like Aerotek or similar agencies.they have alot of jobs that are not advertised.That are temporary to permanent positions.I have found a couple of jobs this way.It gives you a chance to see if you really want to work there or not.You need to tailor your resume with todays keywords which are PLC,AC/DC drives.

SparkyGIRL in Aylmer, Ontario

59 months ago

5 year residential electrician in Slidell, Louisiana said: I'm ready to break into the industrial side of electricians. I've applied at quite a few industrial positions , but no luck . would anyone have a suggestion. Residential is getting boring to me amd I want to stay in the electricial field, but cant seem to break into the industrial side. any suggestions ?

I would say take PLC courses (Programmable Logic Controller). Allen Bradley is the dominate in North America so learn Control Logix 5000.

If you want to get a non-automotive job then also look into Instrumentation courses too. I was laid off from automotive, so I'm currently taking Instrumentation to get into the food industry.

Jack Simpson in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

57 months ago

Warren in Cambridge, Ontario

54 months ago

I have just completed the Electrician program. I have my first interview in two days. The employer that will be interviewing me, has told me that i will be asked question based on my schooling. What kind of questions can i expect to see?

Thanks

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario

54 months ago

HI GUYS , IM NEW ON THIS SITE , I M TAKING 442A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN EXAM IN TORONTO , ONTARIO ANY ONE CAN TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS , OR AND GOOD TIPS ABOUT EXAM HOW MANY QUESTIONS?? HOW MANY HOURS?? THANK YOU

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario

54 months ago

HI GUYS , IM NEW ON THIS SITE , I M TAKING 442A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN EXAM IN TORONTO , ONTARIO ANY ONE CAN TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS , OR ANY GOOD TIPS ABOUT EXAM HOW MANY QUESTIONS?? HOW MANY HOURS?? THANK YOU

SparkyGirl in Aylmer, Ontario

54 months ago

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario said: HI GUYS , IM NEW ON THIS SITE , I M TAKING 442A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN EXAM IN TORONTO , ONTARIO ANY ONE CAN TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS , OR ANY GOOD TIPS ABOUT EXAM HOW MANY QUESTIONS?? HOW MANY HOURS?? THANK YOU

In November 2005 I took an excellent Industrial Electrician CFQ exam prep course at George Brown College in Toronto. The Casa Loma campus. Look into that. I drove 2 hrs one way every Saturday to take this course, and I aced the exam.

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario

54 months ago

Roger Dodge in Oakville, Ontario said: any study hints for the 442A exam would be appreciated.....

hi roger did u get the 442A EXAM IF U PASS PLZ WRITE ME SOME HELP IM TAKING NEXT MONTH IN TORONTO TOO BYE JAY

awi in Cambridge, Massachusetts

48 months ago

hi i just completed my engineering in APPLIED ELECTRONICS& INSTRUMENTATION.Now i am thinking to do a course in PLC.Please suggest is it beneficial.
Or should i do anything else

prem in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

41 months ago

i'want' electrician jobs

Failing Always in Niagara Falls, Ontario

40 months ago

Hi there, can you give me an idea how to pass the exam for 442A in Toronto? My exam will be on Jan 26, 2012.
Thanks.

devi in Georgetown, Guyana

40 months ago

Failing Always in Niagara Falls, Ontario said: Hi there, can you give me an idea how to pass the exam for 442A in Toronto? My exam will be on Jan 26, 2012.
Thanks.

gudluck

jignasha in Brampton, Ontario

34 months ago

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario said: HI GUYS , IM NEW ON THIS SITE , I M TAKING 442A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN EXAM IN TORONTO , ONTARIO ANY ONE CAN TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS , OR ANY GOOD TIPS ABOUT EXAM HOW MANY QUESTIONS?? HOW MANY HOURS?? THANK YOU

you can read motor and controls book and code book. exam is 4hour they have two times in a day morning 8to12a.m and afternoon 12to04p.m in toronto.in the exam 100 question is coming and the passing marks is 70. if don't know right answer then just mark any closest answer.wright all 100 question's answer.

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Alpesh in Scarborough, Ontario

27 months ago

JAY2000 in Toronto, Ontario said: HI GUYS , IM NEW ON THIS SITE , I M TAKING 442A INDUSTRIAL ELECTRICIAN EXAM IN TORONTO , ONTARIO ANY ONE CAN TELL ME SOME GOOD BOOKS , OR AND GOOD TIPS ABOUT EXAM HOW MANY QUESTIONS?? HOW MANY HOURS?? THANK YOU

Hi Jay. you have to appear 100 objective question in industrial electrician exam and if you have electrical experience then you have to do schooling in here after then you can give exam. if you need more help then pls contact me. I all ready pass the exam. I know some of school to get coaching for it.

Holly in Provo, Utah

26 months ago

Thanks for sharing! My husband and I took over his fathers business and are looking to electric contractors. This gave us some great ideas about what to ask and what kind of qualifications are needed. Thanks again! www.crownelectricltd.ca/en/

abhishek in Mumbai, India

10 months ago

Sir please help me how i can get a job as a plc engg as i am from electronics branch . Sir if you give me some reference i would be very thankful to you . Please its a request . Help me

Marc in Indianapolis, Indiana

6 months ago

Bud in Kokomo, Indiana said: I have over 30 years of industrial electrician experience
and no one will even talk to me I'm 57 years young
and plands to work 10 more years so i don't think experience works

I am having the same problem. 13 years plus and only 50.

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