The reality is that most 'electricians" will work in a very limited range of job types (eg: resi/romex and light comm'l/mc small emt) where after doing what they've been told by someone who CAN read the codebooks and job specs they have learned enough to install the related gear correctly and will know when something they've been told to do isn't what they've been told in the past to do.bikeindy said:Yeah I guess so, since I didn't write trouble I wrote CAN"T and so did he. Trouble doesn't = Can't.
They can usually do troubleshooting in this class of work as well and often the employee that the newest apprentice is assigned to to learn how to get the work done.
These guys are the backbone of most new construction EC's workforce. They KNOW better than you do that they can't find their way through the codebook and few of their employers care if they can. They also know that their pay rate often reflects this shortcoming on their part; but also just as often they are paid quite well.
As an employer of these folks it is the job of the EC and PM and foreman to make up the difference by explaining (visually) that the code has been changed or that the spec on this job is X and he'll need to do such and such *this way*. Then of course check their work to make sure, and usually it is just fine.