Electrical apprentices and identical twin brothers, Claude and Ryan Van Pelt, discuss their careers at Hirsch Electric in Baltimore.
- Why did you get into the electrical trade?
Claude: I studied electrical courses in high school. I immediately gained an interest for the trade, and wanted to enhance my knowledge of the electrical field.
Ryan: During high school I took part in Sollers Point Technical High School’s electrical program, where I had an opportunity to work the whole summer before senior year with Hirsch Electric. I enjoyed the work, people, and education so much that I had started making plans to join the ABC electrical apprenticeship program and rejoin the workforce after my senior year of high school.
- What do you like most about your job?
Claude: The electrical field is always evolving–whether it’s code, a new installation system, or new technology.
Ryan: I love the fact that I can walk into a job site with a great company and watch something start from dirt be built into a beautiful building. There’s something about a feeling you get when it’s all done where you can step back with pride and say, “I helped build that, that’s my work!”