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    Where did you get your training? Was it on the job or did you attend one of the courses offered by ACES or similar. I know one company offers training when you buy there machine but I wouldn't expect that to be a well rounded education in the locating trade.


    Thank you in advance for your thoughts. I very much appreciate everyone's time on my newbie questions.

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    uhhh, school of hard knocks.

    No training except for that first 4weeks of Ride along and painting. For sewer inspection I was trained for about....... a half hour. For fault finding I was told to watch one guy for a half hour then was supposed to pick it up. When you buy a GSSI GPR you get a week of training at their facility on the east coast.

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    Step one: Here is your locator.
    Step two: Here is your keys and S-10.
    Step three: Follow this guy around for a while and play Box Bit@%
    Step Four: Here is a stack of tickets for you, have fun.

    3 years later, after I learned on my own by researching everything I could, take an in house class to get a card that says I could do what I had already been doing for 3 years.

    Is there a better way? (Asked with as much sarcasm as I can type with)

    Wish I could help more... I can only hope the locators today were trained better than when I started.
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    Utiliquest trained me.......pretty much like GP up there!!!!! hahahha that was a good one dude!!!
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    Quote Originally Posted by yahoo View Post
    Utiliquest trained me.......pretty much like GP up there!!!!! hahahha that was a good one dude!!!
    Thanks Yahoo. I thought some of the guys probably were on the same program. You and I were probably in the same office briefly a few years back, depending on how long you have been there.
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    I worked behnd a vac-ex truck for the first three months. After that, I was a box bitch for three months. Then I was a survey rodman/instrument man for three months. After that I did a combination of all four things depending where the company wanted me. I learned everything by asking questions, listening to answers, observing, trying, making mistakes and learning from them, and practice. And then more practice. 15 years later, I'm still learning.
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    We go through a 5 year apprenticeship. Only then, do go solo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNIONLOCATOR View Post
    We go through a 5 year apprenticeship. Only then, do go solo.
    ROTFL I was solo the 2nd week. Ten months of floating between top locators areas and then thrown out to sink or swim. Then moved every 6 months to harder areas.

    Classes always came long after I had learned what they wanted me to learn. Now they have it set as classes in conjunction with field as it should be.

    I can't imagine being baby sat for 5 years though. THAT is messed up, and a waste of time and money.

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    hmmmm, I had to go solo after 4 weeks, cause my trainer was going on vacation. Weather I was ready or not, I was going to be on my own. Fortunately I was good to go by the 4th week. Then got the "your in a low damage area, we are going to put you in a high damage area" speech. Then miracles happened, the high damage area went down and the low damage area went up........ miricles i tell you.

    He probably isn't just a "locator". Although, he probably was the one locating while the one overseeing him just watched and talked to whoever near by.

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