When electrician Garrett H. was three years old, he caught his first fish—a 36-inch striper—with his grandfather. “Grandaddy handed me the pole and said, ‘let’s see what he can do’.” Dock-light fishing on Lake Sinclair, near Macon, Georgia, became their specialty.
“All the docks on the lake have lights on them and at 9 they’re timed to come on. That attracts all the bugs, and then the fish, and it starts a food chain,” Garret explained.
It also started his fascination with electricity. “You’ve got all these protons and electrons flying around, and it creates electricity. It’s really interesting,” Garret says.
When Garrett was 15, his electrician neighbor observed his diligence with yard-work, and invited him to come and work with him. It put money in his pocket, taught him the trade, and sparked his career in electrical.
Garrett working in central GA
Garrett went on to study aviation maintenance technology at Central Georgia Technical College, but it was the avionics—the aircraft’s electric equipment—that really peaked his interest. “I use a lot of what I learned in that program now,” he says, especially when it comes to quality inspection, preventative maintenance, speed, and precision. “I can look at the head of a boat, determine the size of it, and I can go straight to the tools I need.”
After college, Garrett joined the electrician’s union as an apprentice before landing his first job with Workrise. Now 28, Garrett says that working in the field since he was 15 has taught him some things, chief among them is the importance of safety and listening. “Be fast to listen and slow to speak,” he says. “Take note of people older than you who are telling you something.”
It’s what his grandfather taught him about patience which stuck with him the most, Garrett says.
We’d be fishing on the boat and we’d be creeping up on the dock and I’d be rushing to make that first cast. He’d say, ‘Hey, you got to have patience when you’re fishing.’ I learned that life is a whole lot easier if you have patience.Garrett H. — Electrician
Garrett taking a break near his work-site
In addition to patience, Garrett took note of his grandfather’s incredible work ethic—something he says drives his professional ambition to this day. “If I could be a fraction of how Granddaddy was when it comes to work and perfectionism. He took his time with certain projects and it would come out like a machine did it. Seeing that, I want to strive to be at least that or better.”
Garrett’s grandfather passed away in 2020, just before he joined the union. What does Garrett think he’d say about his career now? In his characteristically straightforward style “he’d say, ‘Very good’.”