Bill Erlich '09 | Spring 2014 | Notre Dame Magazine
I arrived on the construction site as a Chicago Local 134 Union electrician on September 23, 2013; I had learned the basics of electrical work during three-months of apprenticeship classes last summer. But upon arriving at the unfinished 50-story building, I felt like I had landed in a foreign country.
My life since graduation has been something of an adventure. I worked on a cattle ranch in Wyoming, taught English in China and returned to South Bend to work for a solar power company. There I discovered my passion — renewable energy — and learned that solar power is essentially electrical work. So I moved to Chicago and became a union electrician and to better understand the other half of the solar-electric equation. Working in construction outside all winter, I have learned a lot about electrical work and about myself.