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Old 12-05-2010, 01:30 AM   #21
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Aside from the fact that the trade sucks, (IMO anyway)
I love the trade.. it is some of the people in it that sucks the most
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:20 AM   #22
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Why not go to school to learn something new?
I've been going since September. Industrial facilities. HVAC, refrigeration, boilers etc. A basic overview type class with some hands on.

Also took OSHA 10 class.

Next up I'm looking at an HVAC controls/energy management systems class.

Trying to find a facilities type job.
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The cost to me in the end is going to cost me almost nothing...3000 maybe. I could have chosen to take the collage courses, and get the schooling that way, but I can already tell there is a huge advantage in a trade school. My teacher has been a master electrician for 20 years, they give me all the starter tools...and Klein, not some ****ty brand.

I am doing the schooling before I get a job because I just got laid off this summer and the state and fed will pay most of my retraining...and I can fully concentrate without worrying about work.
Good move. While I have had more than enough of the trade, mostly because over 16 years of dealing with a-hole customers can wear a person down, you are doing the right thing. If I were hiring I would take a guy that has had schooling over somebody with none.

Your schooling is class work and hands on correct? I actually considered teaching there but never went past the consideration stage.

Once again, I am a sucker, a working fool who does the right thing and gets penalized for it. In the class I am taking now I am the only person that paid for it. In fact, I helped pay for almost everybody else too. There's a guy on disability, a veteran, a few unemployed guys and such. Uncle Sam is picking up the tab for them. There are also a few that have their employers paying. For the most part I don't begrudge people for taking advantage of the system that's there but I am just so sick and tired of subsidizing everybody else when I can barely pay my own bills.

Finally, some here will tell you Klein tools suck. That's just their opinion. They are fine tools.
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Trying to find a facilities type job.
What is it you dislike in the electrical trade? That you feel a facilities will be better. I am not trying to give you a hard time just curious.
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What is it you dislike in the electrical trade? That you feel a facilities will be better. I am not trying to give you a hard time just curious.
Probably not so much the trade per se but more my part in it. If I had to pick one thing it would be self employment.

I am totally burnt out. I like to think that a facilities job might be better for me right now. I like to fix things, trouble shoot etc. Maybe I'm right or maybe not. What I do know for sure is that I have to get of the path I am on now without question.
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Probably not so much the trade per se but more my part in it. If I had to pick one thing it would be self employment.

I am totally burnt out. I like to think that a facilities job might be better for me right now. I like to fix things, trouble shoot etc. Maybe I'm right or maybe not. What I do know for sure is that I have to get of the path I am on now without question.
You really have to be committed. My wife has tried to have me committed, a few times, but I'm still here.
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Yeah, it is about 50/50 class/lab time...l am liking it so far. I was a child care worker for 8 years and got laid off. That's when I realized i needed to do something that if I did get laid off, there would still be a way for me to make money(doing side jobs). In the end, I would like to also work for myself. There is no way to do that as a child care worker unless you get your masters...and I didn't like doing that work enough to go through 4+ years of schooling.

That, and you don't make very good money as a CCW...I was near as high as you can go making about 32k a year as a supervisor.
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P What I do know for sure is that I have to get of the path I am on now without question.

One advantage for you is many facilities I go to are sadly lacking in good electrical skills and one another and one of the biggest advantages I see, would be even in slow times buildings occupied or empty need staff.

Have you tried to find a job in this field, in this area you would have a leg up on those with mechanical background.

I got into the field I am in because electrical construction bored me, service work was getting old hat and I never cared for working in the residential market as I dis-liked working in someone's house.

JUST ME and my quirks.
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The facilities thing might be ok as long as you are allowed to fix things right and what happens when you run out of things to fix? PM, while critical can be dull. I don't care if I ever have to test another fire alarm system again. The apartment buildings that I deal with are all 30 plus years old and all kinds of things are breaking now. Love those back stabbed outlets.
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