Texas Apprentice – Nick Yuker, Alterman, IBEW 60/NECA, South Texas Electrical JATC
SAN ANTONIO – At 24, Nick Yuker was named Ap-prentice of the Year by the IBEW 60/NECA South Texas JATC. It’s an honor he has been striving to earn since he entered the five-year journeyman apprenticeship program. It’s also an honor he now shares with his father, who was Apprentice of the Year in 2005.
Yuker’s dad, Wade Yuker, became an electrician at the age of 38, and he graduated from the same apprenticeship program. Today, Nick works at Alterman as a service tech, and coincidentally, his father also worked for Alterman. Wade went through the program himself, and suggested that Nick should apply.
After working as a carpenter and doing various other jobs, Wade decided to pursue a career as an electrician to help support his growing family. Nick is one of four children with a 27-year-old older brother, a 16-year-old younger sister, and a 14-year-old younger brother. But so far, he is the only one to follow in his father’s footsteps.
In his first six months in the trade, Nick served as a helper, running pipe, pulling wire and installing some gear for a project. When that job finished, he was sent to Alterman Sep. 24, 2012, when the program placed him with the electrical contractor. He will be graduating from the apprenticeship program Jun. 29 and will stay at Alterman with aspirations of moving into the office as an estimator.
In regards to being Apprentice of the Year, which only goes to one person in each class’ final year, he notes that this has been his goal from the beginning, and achieving this goal is extra special, because of the connection to his father.
“Every opportunity you get, you need to make the most of it,” says Nick. “It felt kind of unreal when I was named Apprentice of the Year, because I’ve been working for five years toward this, and all the hard work is finally paying off.”
With a love of building things and creating things with his own hands, Nick spends his spare time working on his home in Spring Branch and with his wife, Amber, whom he married last year. She is an academic program coordinator for UT Health Science Center of San Antonio, and the two were introduced by his sister-in-law.
Nick fills his time outside of work with some simple joys of life, including playing video games or watching movies with his family. He and his wife also enjoy going out two-stepping or swing dancing. –mh
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