A vintage electrician is a specialist who has been using the latest technology for many years, but has never set foot in a shop.
Electrician David Brown, 35, is one of many people who consider themselves retro.
“I’m a vintage electricians because I’ve always had a passion for electrical engineering,” Brown says.
Brown, who is originally from the UK but moved to Florida to live in New York, says he has been training for the job since the age of 11, working as a carpenter, a car repairman and a painter.
He says he enjoys “the adrenaline rush of making a change”.
“It’s been a lot of fun and it’s really helped me develop a better understanding of the craft,” he says.
“I think I’m doing the right thing.
Electrical engineers have always been around, and in this age of technological innovation, they’ve always been important.”
Electronics and the arts were a big part of Brown’s childhood, and he has worked in both.
The electrical engineer says he started using a laptop at the age 14 and “never looked back”.
At the age 18, Brown moved to the US to study mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley.
But the switch to electric power didn’t go down well with his family, and Brown says he was forced to “re-evaluate my life”.
The first time he tried out an electric device, he was “blown away by the beauty and power of the device”.
He also decided to study law, becoming a trial lawyer and later an attorney general.
Now, he is “a retired electrician”, working as an attorney for the American Public Interest Law Center.
One of the most interesting aspects of Brown and his retro career is that he has chosen to retire early.
In his retirement, he has “left the world of electrical engineering for the world’s first fully-connected electric vehicle”.
Brown says that he can’t wait to see what other people do when they get older, and is looking forward to being able to teach people about the craft.
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