I am 21 years old and interested in becoming a journeyman marine electrician at the Puget Sound Navel Shipyard. I see this as a fantastic career opportunity and have the education and technical ability to succeed.
The following three exercises (I engaged in with my father's supervision and assistance) consisted of some basic electrical and automotive work:
Replaced a defective outdoor GFCI socket on the garage
My father stated that the outside GFCI socket on the garage would not power the leaf blower. Looking at the outlet, it looked like it had been there since the 1970's and needed to be replaced. That said, I inserted an outlet electrical tester which revealed there was no power. After pressing the test and reset buttons, there was still no power. I then flipped the main breaker to off in the garage sub panel so that I could remove the outlet.
Once the socket was outside the outlet electrical box, I wanted to test with a multimeter to see if the black (hot) and white (neutral) wires would have a 120 voltage potential. This would help me determine if the issue was the old outlet, or something else. I flipped the garage main breaker back to on. I then applied the meter probes which revealed that a voltage potential was available, i.e., outlet itself was bad. I then returned to the garage sub panel and flipped the main breaker back to off so that I could remove the outlet. Just to make sure, I again applied the multimeter probes to confirm there was no voltage potential.
I then used a Phillips screwdriver to unscrew the ground and neutral wires. I then reattached the wires to the new GFCI outlet. We then put the cover back on and flipped the breaker switch to the on position providing power to the circuit and again used the outlet tester to confirm the outlet had power and was properly grounded.
Replaced a defective GFCI/light switch in the kitchen:
The outlet was damaged due to a short that occurred when a lighting fixture was installed and needed to be replaced as the light could no longer be turned off. I started the project by inserting an outlet tester in the GFCI socket which indicated power and ground connection. I then went to the house electrical panel and flipped the kitchen breaker to off.
This resulted in the outlet tester showing no power, but the light was still on. I then set the breaker labeled “microwave” to off and that turned off the light. It appeared I was dealing with two different circuits. I then pulled out the damaged switch and counted 6 wires connected. I used the multi-meter to make sure none of the wires had a voltage potential before unscrewing anything.
To avoid a miss-wiring situation, I removed and attached each wire to the new switch/outlet one wire at a time. I then re-inserted the switch/outlet back in the electrical box, screwed it on to secure it, then re-attached the face plate. At the house panel, I then turned on both the kitchen and “microwave” breakers. The outlet tester indicated power and ground connection, and the switch could turn on and off the light fixtures once again.
Assisted with re-placing the front brake pads and rotors on our 1997 Lincoln Towncar:
I put on safety glasses for eye protection. Inspected the garage to make sure there were no pre-existing oils or grease on the floor. I also swept the work area to remove any dry debris that might cause a person to slip. Made sure the needed tools were available. This included: ratchets, sockets, wrenches, c-clamp, small block of wood, floor jack and jack stands. The back tires were blocked so the car would not roll. Removed each tire, then we were able to remove the front brake pads. Using the c-clamp, we compressed the brake piston so we could fit the thicker new pads. Using a torque wrench, we tightened to the proper spec. I then reinstalled each tire using the star pattern to tighten the bolts using a torque wrench to make sure we tightened to the proper spec.
Awarded Dean's Scholar for Academic Achievement for Fall 2018 & Spring 2019; and Term Honor for Winter & Summer 2020.
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