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Old 06-03-2019, 07:29 PM   #1
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So today I went down to give my paperwork to the electrician school going into the ibew local 613. I have many concerns after doing this. 1) many people are telling me that i can make 100k a year if I work the over time. How much overtime would I need to work is it even realistic? 2) what’s the job demand like with the IBEW? some people have told me that most electricians cant keep a job. Is this true or just bs. I don’t want to have to be unemployed for months and not take care of my family. Should I just go to school to be an engineer? I don’t wanna mess myself up in life. Thank y’all for yalls feedback!
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Old 06-03-2019, 08:02 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard @Joshboi!

Your questions are really going to vary a great deal based on area.

I'd think Atlanta is going to be pretty busy for a good length of time as long as we don't get a Democrat in the white house.

Overtime is too variable to give a real answer on.

Go union, become an inside wireman and don't stress the small stuff brother.

There are plenty retired electricians on this forum tht had great career success.
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Thank you sir. Is the money good. I’ve heard the average is about 50k a year. Is that decent money?
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No need to worry about OT or anything else other than getting into the apprenticeship.
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So today I went down to give my paperwork to the electrician school going into the ibew local 613. I have many concerns after doing this. 1) many people are telling me that i can make 100k a year if I work the over time. How much overtime would I need to work is it even realistic? 2) what’s the job demand like with the IBEW? some people have told me that most electricians cant keep a job. Is this true or just bs. I don’t want to have to be unemployed for months and not take care of my family. Should I just go to school to be an engineer? I don’t wanna mess myself up in life. Thank y’all for yalls feedback!
During a lifetime there are good economic times and there are bad economic times. During the good times wages are rising, everyone has a job and OT is offered. During the bad times wages are stagnant or declining, not everyone has a job and OT may be hard to come by. Overall a union electrician does well, in fact much better in many respects than a non-union electrician. Good luck with that apprenticeship and congrats on getting in; not everyone does.
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