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    Default New to USIC

    Just started at USIC here in Houston, have about 3 weeks of training left.
    Anyone have any words of wisdom?

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    Yup. Absorb every single bit of technical information you can. Pay close attention to HOW utilities are placed in the ground. Don't limit yourself to only what is taught in the USIC curriculum. Read everything you can online (including here) about the field, locating theory, electromagnetic theory, antenna theory, etc., and thicken your hide.

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    "Change does not always equal progress."

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    Welcome to the seventh cirlce of hell

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    Welcome aboard 112. Good Luck. We heard the Houston area was hiring 75 new people, any truth to the rumor?
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    Thanks for the welcome, I heard around 48-50 people, my class of 12 plus 3 more...I plan on reading up and learning as much as possible.
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    with all said above.....
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    Pay attention to the training, learn everything you can, ask questions about anything you struggle with, and use it as an experience gathering opportunity. After 8 months or so, when you have some confidence in your skills, start searching for jobs with SUE firms, municipal facilities, pipeline co's, anything that needs locating experience that is not pure contract locating. USIC is good for gaining experience, for most they are not a good choice for a long term career, there are some locators here that will disagree, but I believe they are the exception as opposed to the norm. USIC has a 60+% turnover rate for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YouEssEyeSee112 View Post
    Thanks for the welcome, I heard around 48-50 people, my class of 12 plus 3 more...I plan on reading up and learning as much as possible.
    No offense to you, but I doubt 25% of anyone hired this year in Texas will make it through their 1st year before quitting or getting fired. Good luck to you my friend, the odds are against you. Just letting you know what you are in for, it's not like you're going into an area that has a solid foundation that you can call on for support.
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    Thanks for all the advice.
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    after you get out of class......forget the book and stay glued to the guy you ride with...ASK QUESTIONS....Not only will you learn but the person your riding with will learn as well....Hopefully you have a good sup and he/she is able to spend time with you and see where you need help.

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    Hey 112. Welcome to USIC. I would NOT completely abandon what I learn in the classroom. I can still remember what I learned in that class back in February 1989, and when I do locate (not as much as I use too. I'm terribly slow and couldn't cut it with what our rock stars do today) I recall information from way back then. We could train you for 4 weeks, 4 months, 4 years, but you still wouldn't be prepared. The only way to get wet is by dipping your toe in the water. Ask many questions, find the individual (if he/she is a positive influence that has knowledge of your area) and bug the hell out of them. You'll get it, and our company is in need of great people in Houston. Welcome to your new career and please know that support is available. Your not on your own. This industry has trained tens of thousands just like you. Good luck!!

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    Can you say spam?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig Harrell View Post
    Hey 112. Welcome to USIC. I would NOT completely abandon what I learn in the classroom. I can still remember what I learned in that class back in February 1989, and when I do locate (not as much as I use too. I'm terribly slow and couldn't cut it with what our rock stars do today) I recall information from way back then. We could train you for 4 weeks, 4 months, 4 years, but you still wouldn't be prepared. The only way to get wet is by dipping your toe in the water. Ask many questions, find the individual (if he/she is a positive influence that has knowledge of your area) and bug the hell out of them. You'll get it, and our company is in need of great people in Houston. Welcome to your new career and please know that support is available. Your not on your own. This industry has trained tens of thousands just like you. Good luck!!
    What a D bag! You think of this all by yourself?

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