I’ve always had a very
curious mind as to how things work. How they’re put together, how they
come apart, and how they can be repaired. Not only is it wiring, about lights and switches. There’s a lot of theory that goes behind throwing those boxes in the
walls: sizing your wires, bending pipe. I love just watching the students learn and having those little light bulbs go on over their heads going, ‘Oh! I get it! I understand it now!’ and watching them pull back this information time and time again to apply it to their new project. Sometimes it’s really interesting to hear about the kind of theory of, you know, how electricity works. But then they can go right from that, in a heartbeat,
to ‘okay, here’s how you pull wire. You’re going to be on a ladder, you’re going
to be doing this, then you’re going to go right from that to, you know, drilling a hole through concrete and here’s what that’s like.’ When they’re doing their hands-on projects, they’re able to tie together the electrical theory that they learn in the classroom and their safety from the codebook to the real hands-on application, the physical part of it,
which often comes back to physics also. Employers looking for apprentice electricians
will be coming to Saint Paul College through our job service
and letting the students know that positions are opening and
that they can apply for the positions. The feedback we get from local employers
that hire our electrical students is that they’re very pleased with the
basic education that they’ve got and how they’re versed in what skills they need. It has like an all-encompassing trade.
You have to know a little bit of, I mean you have to know a
lot about electricity, of course; but you also have to know
how buildings are put together. With this, you can go places.
It’s an education for employment, education for life.