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Knob396 06-07-2016 10:49 PM

Can this trade be boring?
 
I've been thinking a lot lately about what trade I want to get into, and I'm considering becoming a commercial indoor wireman.

Although there are several things that I like about this trade, I'm concerned that I might find it boring after a while. I'd like to know more about how much variety is there in a typical work day, and do you think the trade can be boring?

Secondly, although this trade requires quite a bit of schooling, how often do you feel like you're doing complex stuff where you have to figure something out or problem solve?

I've had opporunities to be near electricians while they were working inside of a new building, and from what I saw, their job didn't seem to have much variety.

ponyboy 06-07-2016 10:56 PM

You're implying you may have seen all this industry has to offer based off of your one encounter with a few commercial laborers? I'd look for a different line of work if I were you, there's no way simple electrical work will cultivate the yearning you feel for constant stimulus. Are you a millennial by chance?


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Switched 06-07-2016 11:08 PM

I think with 99% of all jobs, you get bored out of choice. It's called lack of drive and ambition.

Knob396 06-07-2016 11:12 PM

It was much more than just one time that I got to watch electricians work. That's because I'm a framer.

As a framer, there are several things that suck about it, such as the relatively low pay, but there's a large variety of stuff that we do. So, being a framer never feels boring cause of the variety.

I'm wondering how much variety is there in the job of a commercial inside electrician. Does it get boring?

Switched 06-07-2016 11:16 PM

Yes it can, on a big job there is variety, but you can get pigeon holed as a wire puller or fixture installer.

That said, there is way more to electrical than you have seen, been at this for over 20 years and in another 40 I'll have barely scratched the surface.

Lone Crapshooter 06-07-2016 11:20 PM

If you are doing a hospital and there are 2000 fixtures to drop in and wire and and you are on the light crew yes it can get boring. What keeps going is knowing that this job is not going to last forever.

The next job might be working for a traffic signal contractor.

The job after that night be installing a 200 zone fire alarm system. Then after that you might be installing a medium or high voltage service
.
Maintenance is boring for the most part. Working for a industrial heavy maintenance contractor is not bad. It 'construction done at maintenance pace.

LC

FF301 06-07-2016 11:45 PM

What the fk is an inside commercial electrician??
Your going to start off digging trenches in the hot sun getting burnt. Then your going to lay conduit and fill it back in - more sun burn on top of the first.
Then your going to pull wire for some more sun burn
Or how about pulling parallel conduits (4 sets of 500 mcm) in 8 inches of snow and the wire lube comes out the other end frozen.
Is that enough excitement for ya......

MechanicalDVR 06-08-2016 06:42 AM

Just taking the fact that your mental process is that being a framer isn't boring I'd think you'd do fine in electrical. If you get bored you can always play games on your phone and text your friends, post on twitter like most of the young guys do until they get fired and have to find a new employer.

Knob396 06-08-2016 07:37 AM

I am aware that inside wiremen also do stuff such as wiring street lights and dig trenches. I said inside because I'm not talking about being a lineman.

How common is it to dig trenches and how big of tranches do people dig with just a shovel? When I framed a large building and got to watch electricians working a lot, they used a machine to dig their trenches. A guy with a shovel didn't have to dig all that much.

Also, when you're an electrician on a construction project of a large new building, how common is it for the employer to make you do only one task all day? The framers that work for large companies and work on the large buildings usually get told to do one specific task all day. Although the framers doing residential houses don't make as much money, they get to do a much larger variety of stuff each day.

3D Electric 06-08-2016 08:36 AM

I dig trenches all the time. Whether it's with a machine or by hand is a case to case basis. I have my guys out digging with me and do not tolerate the complaining. If we are digging one day and finishing a custom home the next that's the nature of the business. I will say I do not have my guys do something I wouldn't do. I won't have my guys dig when there's been a sewage leak. I wouldn't want to do it so I don't expect them to.

donaldelectrician 06-08-2016 08:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Knob396 (Post 2890761)
I've been thinking a lot lately about what trade I want to get into, and I'm considering becoming a commercial indoor wireman.

Although there are several things that I like about this trade, I'm concerned that I might find it boring after a while. I'd like to know more about how much variety is there in a typical work day, and do you think the trade can be boring?

Secondly, although this trade requires quite a bit of schooling, how often do you feel like you're doing complex stuff where you have to figure something out or problem solve?

I've had opporunities to be near electricians while they were working inside of a new building, and from what I saw, their job didn't seem to have much variety.





Look with better eyes Bozo ....

Much exp with looking at one bldg. ?

Bozo is the name ....

Are you scarred of the electrical trade ?

You can always say it is too hard and dangerous ...




Don

Flyingsod 06-08-2016 09:05 AM

The questions you are asking can't be answered in general. Every thing you've asked is entirely dependant on which company you work for and what job you are on. Like was said, if you are fine being a Framer you will be fine being an electrician. Unless you just want to rope houses. That would suck on the variety spectrum.

That being said this career as any can get boring. I don't learn something new every day anymore. In fact I rarely come across a problem I haven't encountered before.
Not entirely true I am currently moving into new areas I have not done on a regular basis before now. That's the thing with the this trade there's always something new you haven't been before if you want to make the effort

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wildleg 06-08-2016 09:13 AM

every trade can be boring at times. every job can be boring at times. there are always tasks that lend themselves to boredom.

At the same time, there are also projects and tasks that never get boring, but they are not the norm.

If you are like most people, you are unlikely to ever get a job that is never boring. Even if you work for yourself, there are tasks that you will need to do that are boring.

Sorry to bore you with the facts.

lighterup 06-08-2016 09:41 AM

Inside commercial electrician? Does this mean I would get all the
cream work ..no working outside in the sleet , rain , snow , mud , s**t:no:?
Well hell! Where do I sign up for that job? I'm in!

lighterup 06-08-2016 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FF301 (Post 2891017)
What the fk is an inside commercial electrician??
Your going to start off digging trenches in the hot sun getting burnt. Then your going to lay conduit and fill it back in - more sun burn on top of the first.
Then your going to pull wire for some more sun burn
Or how about pulling parallel conduits (4 sets of 500 mcm) in 8 inches of snow and the wire lube comes out the other end frozen.
Is that enough excitement for ya......

The actual job title is " job sight superintendent"

Jhellwig 06-08-2016 10:11 AM

You guys are harsh. Not everyone is cut out to do new construction or remodels all day everyday even if there is variety to the different tasks.

In general I find the construction side of electrical boring. Some things I like but most I don't. On the other hand, I love doing maintenance for the most part even though I find some of it boring.

Majewski 06-08-2016 10:18 AM

Working for someone while being green is touch n go. If you have a vulnerable mindset, you sure as hell can get bored but maybe for the wrong reasons. Having a good mindset you can and will still get bored in work/life in general, you will just learn ways to overcome it. The trade itself is endless and you will die before knowing 25% of everything so in that aspect, you shouldn't be bored but in all reality, yes, chit gets boring. Working alone gets boring, working for yourself gets boring, working with butt faces gets boring, not getting paid enough or on time gets boring, getting the wrong items on supply runs gets boring but knowing you did right, were safe, got paid and have a job to return to, NEVER GETS BORING!

Flyingsod 06-08-2016 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Jhellwig (Post 2891969)
You guys are harsh. Not everyone is cut out to do new construction or remodels all day everyday even if there is variety to the different tasks.

In general I find the construction side of electrical boring. Some things I like but most I don't. On the other hand, I love doing maintenance for the most part even though I find some of it boring.

Ay, some of us (me) would flounder terribly in the construction field. There's not much there that requires thought and without deep thinking I start to daydream. Then I get yelled at.

It was fine when it was all new and I had to think to run conduit and keeping the conductors sorted in a multi circuit pull required my full attention. These days though I need the kind of problems that most people can't figure out so they have to call a service tech.

Come to think of it OP, That's what you should be shooting for if you want variety. You'll have to learn to weld, plumb, do mechanics, and you've already got the framing down which you will also use. I may not come across many novel situations anymore but it's pretty rare I'm doing the same thing twice in a row. I go half a year between the average running conduit and pulling wire tasks as a service tech.

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FF301 06-08-2016 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lighterup (Post 2891905)
Quote:

Originally Posted by FF301 (Post 2891017)
What the fk is an inside commercial electrician??
Your going to start off digging trenches in the hot sun getting burnt. Then your going to lay conduit and fill it back in - more sun burn on top of the first.
Then your going to pull wire for some more sun burn
Or how about pulling parallel conduits (4 sets of 500 mcm) in 8 inches of snow and the wire lube comes out the other end frozen.
Is that enough excitement for ya......

The actual job title is " job sight superintendent"


Been there , done it
The last time I played babysitter, I just set up a nanny cam focused on there hiding spot and included a picture with there pay stubs. No questions were brought to me when there checks were short on time.

Knob396 06-08-2016 11:28 AM

Once again, what I meant is that I'm considering being an inside wireman that does commercial stuff. I'm fully aware that even though the name for that includes the word "inside", I know I will still be working outdoors quite a bit.

Additionally, I have been a framer for a while now, I'm used to working in tough conditions.

I understand it'll vary, but overall, how common is it for an electrician on a large jobsite to get told to do only one or two tasks all day? That's how it is for the guys in the large union companies for framers that do commercial projects.

Does that happen rarely, or does it happen often for electricians in the large commercial companies?


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