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Old 12-17-2013, 08:38 AM   #81
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Howzabout the fire alarm guys that complete the system after the electrical men run conduit and pull wire? That's white collar.
They show up with the parts and smarts and make half of what we make. I'm not impressed.
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Old 12-17-2013, 02:07 PM   #82
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Did you ever hire that insurance guy to work in the mill ? I can't imagine that working out. Even an experienced commercial electrician in that environment has a lot to learn. A lot of his skills will crossover, but the processes and controls take time to learn.
I did not hire the insurance guy... and I sleep quite well at night knowing that I didn't get him hurt or killed. But I might check him out for a supplemental life policy

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I have done all that and more. I have enjoyed being an electrician but the bottom line is that you don't hear a great deal of doctors, plumbers, UPS drivers, even Whores constantly belittling those of their trade as electricians do...especially the whores.
It partly has to do with the amount of quality work that we see. More often then not I see crappy work, hack work, nothing's labelled etc. Some have gone on about how the trade is a 'smart' trade - there's a lot of hacks and dumb people in our trade too.
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It partly has to do with the amount of quality work that we see. More often then not I see crappy work, hack work, nothing's labelled etc. Some have gone on about how the trade is a 'smart' trade - there's a lot of hacks and dumb people in our trade too.
It's true that we see a lot of hack work out there... but the unfortunate thing really is that the market allows it, almost asks for it... people / general contractors / business owners are willing to sacrifice quality for quantity or to make a bottom line price. To get some types of work electrical contractors are forced to cut corners... or let another who will cut them do it.

But we need to have ethics before profit. Safety should not be compromised. The cost can be too great to life and property. And those that only want the lights to come on but could care less about what's behind the wall plate or above the ceiling need to reconsider.
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I think so. Were the first on the job and the last to leave. And i think in general theres more variety in our work. An ironworker is mostly gonna be on large jobs were we can go to the smallest. Also, if somebody clogs there toilet they can usually figure it out were if a ho has an electrical problem they usually are to scared to try messing with it. How many calls have we had and all you needed to do was flip a breaker.
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