Post-electrician jobs - Page 2 - Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum
CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY, IT'S FREE!
Go Back   Electrician Talk - Professional Electrical Contractors Forum > Electrical Forum > General Electrical Discussion


Like Tree64Likes
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2019, 11:19 PM   #21
Old Grumpy Bastard
 
MechanicalDVR's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Old Dominion"
Posts: 60,159
Rewards Points: 2,728
Default

Quality Control Inspector (at a brothel) is the position that I always wanted to retire into.
__________________
I'm as Christian as possible in the times we live in.

Warning: I've been known to make snowflakes whine
MechanicalDVR is online now   Reply With Quote
Join Contractor Talk

Join the #1 Electrician Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

ElectricianTalk.com - Are you a Professional Electrical Contractor? If so we invite you to join our community and see what it has to offer. Our site is specifically designed for you and it's the leading place for electricians to meet online. No homeowners asking DIY questions. Just fellow tradesmen who enjoy talking about their business, their trade, and anything else that comes up. No matter what your specialty is you'll find that ElectricianTalk.com is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally free!

Join ElectricianTalk.com - Click Here JOIN FOR FREE


Warning: The topics covered on this site include activities in which there exists the potential for serious injury or death. ElectricianTalk.com DOES NOT guarantee the accuracy or completeness of any information contained on this site. Always use proper safety precaution and reference reliable outside sources before attempting any construction or remodeling task!

Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-03-2019, 05:12 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: east coast
Posts: 1,890
Rewards Points: 2,232
Default

I do fire alarm work. After 24 years doing electrical distribution work in the plant It is a real change. Not making the money I was in the plant but it is nice not working behind a chain link fence and not going through the same gate every day. I just work part time but now we have a lot of work. I tell everyone that I am on the extra board.

LC
MTW and Southeast Power like this.
__________________
What tools do I need to carry? Use the NEC as your guide keep all your tools ACCESSABLE but keep your everyday tools READILY ACCESSABLE.
Lone Crapshooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-05-2019, 07:40 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NJ
Posts: 480
Rewards Points: 338
Default

QC Design Review for an engineering firm, electrical designer, estimator, electrical survey work for engineering firm, utility coordination

Lots of jobs in the design, construction admin field that people don;t know about
HertzHound likes this.
NJWVUGrad is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-05-2019, 08:31 PM   #24
Hackenschmidt
 
splatz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 9,051
Rewards Points: 740
Default

I'll probably just be a model.
MikeFL likes this.
__________________
If I wanted it tomorrow I would have called you tomorrow, I want it TODAY
splatz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 12:38 AM   #25
Work Speaks for Itself
 
phamousgrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Ontario
Posts: 101
Rewards Points: 202
Default

Q#4 ; you need money for that. Dont worry, it works the same in canada with CSA.
phamousgrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 05:52 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: So.Cal.
Posts: 3,755
Rewards Points: 7,455
Default

I always dreamed of becoming a Wallymart greeter in my golden years. The prestige would be so totally awesome. I would wear my cool little blue vest everywhere, like when I shop at Target, and the grocery store. Then in another 40 years I could retire all over again with another pension. Yeah boi !
__________________
-------------------------------
~ She thinks I'm crazy, but I'm just growing old~
joebanana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 01:45 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
stiffneck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Custer's Last Stand, Missouri, USA
Posts: 554
Rewards Points: 1,080
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DashDingo View Post
School bus driver


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
You've got to be kidding... or crazy...
__________________
In Bred Electrical Worker
stiffneck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 01:49 PM   #28
MTW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Northeast USA
Posts: 15,364
Rewards Points: 9,896
Default

All kidding aside (if that's even possible), how about the PLC and automation route? I dabbled in it for a short while when I was doing machine rewiring and building control panels. I didn't get into the programming end since programming machine tools is basically an engineer's job, but it was all very interesting nevertheless. I just didn't like the daily factory environment which I found boring. That said, I have to think of something to do when I finally get sick of cutting in slim recessed lights and doing service upgrades.
MTW is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 01:51 PM   #29
MTW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Northeast USA
Posts: 15,364
Rewards Points: 9,896
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Crapshooter View Post
I do fire alarm work. After 24 years doing electrical distribution work in the plant It is a real change. Not making the money I was in the plant but it is nice not working behind a chain link fence and not going through the same gate every day. I just work part time but now we have a lot of work. I tell everyone that I am on the extra board.

LC

What type of fire alarm work? Install? Programming and commissioning? Troubleshooting and testing? It seems doing anything but new install would be a good career down the road.
MTW is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 06:48 PM   #30
Bilge Rat
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fernley, Nevada (near Reno)
Posts: 6,703
Rewards Points: 3,014
Default

When I get too old to work anymore, I want to be a Toilet Man. You know, the guy who comes around and cleans the Sani-Huts........

Yes, it's a nasty job but the actual reality is that the Toilet Man is by far the most important guy on any job.
HertzHound likes this.
micromind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-09-2019, 07:56 PM   #31
Senior Member
 
HertzHound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: East coast
Posts: 660
Rewards Points: 1,144
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by micromind View Post
When I get too old to work anymore, I want to be a Toilet Man. You know, the guy who comes around and cleans the Sani-Huts........

Yes, it's a nasty job but the actual reality is that the Toilet Man is by far the most important guy on any job.
Not to mention you get to view some nice art work. My favorite was an arrogant foreman I had. They captured his likeness wearing speedos and military pressing a giant c#ck
micromind likes this.
__________________
“Why say lot words when few words do trick”
HertzHound is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2019, 12:46 AM   #32
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: east coast
Posts: 1,890
Rewards Points: 2,232
Default

I do installs and commisioning . I do not care for computers and all of our equipment is computer based. I think programming would be extremely boring after about the first hour.
Installs require both physical and mental abilities as well as a degree of craftamanship and I enjoy that more than pounding on a keyboard.

LC
paulengr likes this.
__________________
What tools do I need to carry? Use the NEC as your guide keep all your tools ACCESSABLE but keep your everyday tools READILY ACCESSABLE.
Lone Crapshooter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2019, 07:52 AM   #33
Chief Flunky
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Carolinas
Posts: 1,086
Rewards Points: 338
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lone Crapshooter View Post
I do installs and commisioning . I do not care for computers and all of our equipment is computer based. I think programming would be extremely boring after about the first hour.

Installs require both physical and mental abilities as well as a degree of craftamanship and I enjoy that more than pounding on a keyboard.



LC

It stays more interesting than that but you are a craftsman. That’s what turns your crank. Computer programming is like solving puzzles except designing user interfaces that are more like art.

A lot of guys that like dealing with people go into supervision or sales or running their own shop which is doing it all. Ones that are detail oriented go into planning. Ones that like troubleshooting go into technicians. You can also scale the jobs by the type of work. For instance alarm and A/V techs don’t usually do a lot with anything over #14 wire but linemen are pole jockeys and do 90% physical labor. There is also the whole residential/commercial/industrial aspect. Or if you are willing to go back to school get an engineering or maybe a law degree. I know one of the top engineers at GE who was an electrician but went back to school at age 45 and went into engineering as his way of “slowing down”.

There is so much available in the world that anyone with an interest, some small talent, and a small amount of willingness to take a risk can do.

And it changes over time. Goal setting is important but happiness does not come from the goal itself which is just a moment. It’s in the journey to get there,
dronai likes this.
paulengr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2019, 08:29 AM   #34
Hackenschmidt
 
splatz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Parts Unknown
Posts: 9,051
Rewards Points: 740
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MTW View Post
All kidding aside (if that's even possible), how about the PLC and automation route?
Quote:
Originally Posted by MTW View Post
What type of fire alarm work? Install? Programming and commissioning? Troubleshooting and testing? It seems doing anything but new install would be a good career down the road.
With general electrical service and construction, it's a broad field but most people come to it the same few ways. The more technical stuff, there's a lot more roads to Rome. Getting a foot in the door is the hardest part.

With the economy currently booming, places are more flexible, rather than waiting around for a perfect candidate willing to take what they want to pay, they're paying more and being flexible. That's an opportunity to get in and get some experience. I think it's so important to capitalize on these opportunities when they occur over the course of your life, it really changes your arc. You sit one out and you've really blown it.

I can think of a bunch of examples but the one I'd go for around here is Johnson Controls. They are dying for good people, organizing their hires into the local, and paying way over scale if you are productive. They are dominant locally with health care, higher education (colleges and universities) and large corporations. To me that's pretty good insurance they won't bust hard when the boom breaks. Honestly, if I wasn't pretty much unemployable after so many years self employed, I'd be tempted myself.
MTW likes this.
__________________
If I wanted it tomorrow I would have called you tomorrow, I want it TODAY
splatz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-12-2019, 09:22 PM   #35
Senior Member
 
220/221's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 7,653
Rewards Points: 4,078
Default

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...ature=emb_logo
220/221 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-13-2019, 01:18 AM   #36
Senior Member
 
zoltan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: colorado
Posts: 326
Rewards Points: 433
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MTW View Post
how about the PLC and automation route? .
I went from resi to automation maintenance a few years ago at mid career. Best move ever. Only drawback to this path that I see is that it seems that a lot of automation maintenance jobs have required on call duties. Sucks getting called at 2am to drive 1.5 hours and t-shoot problems. Maybe not for the retirees.
zoltan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2019, 02:48 PM   #37
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 13
Rewards Points: 14
Default

I currently am working as a Estimator, sometimes I miss the grunt field work but my right knee isn't what it used to be after a accident. So the office environment isn't that bad, plus I still get out to look at jobs and visit vendors.
JSweaty009 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2019, 05:48 PM   #38
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Posts: 13
Rewards Points: 26
Default

bus driver...
Berkley226 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2019, 06:23 PM   #39
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 229
Rewards Points: 458
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by zoltan View Post
I went from resi to automation maintenance a few years ago at mid career. Best move ever. Only drawback to this path that I see is that it seems that a lot of automation maintenance jobs have required on call duties. Sucks getting called at 2am to drive 1.5 hours and t-shoot problems. Maybe not for the retirees.
I remember being on call and that 2:00AM call. The company always stressed safety but how safe is it when you come in with only 4 hours of sleep and you still have to work the day shift. If you went home to get cleaned up or some sleep, then you did not get over time pay. I quit after getting screwed out of the OT several times.
micromind, zoltan and splatz like this.
kb1jb1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-15-2019, 10:47 PM   #40
Bilge Rat
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Fernley, Nevada (near Reno)
Posts: 6,703
Rewards Points: 3,014
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kb1jb1 View Post
I remember being on call and that 2:00AM call. The company always stressed safety but how safe is it when you come in with only 4 hours of sleep and you still have to work the day shift. If you went home to get cleaned up or some sleep, then you did not get over time pay. I quit after getting screwed out of the OT several times.
Safety is enforcing written regulations, not actual safety.

I also left a company a few years ago for the same reason......among a few others.
splatz and kb1jb1 like this.
micromind is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:03 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Our Pro Sites Network
ContractorTalk.com | DrywallTalk.com | HVACSite.com | PaintTalk.com | PlumbingZone.com | RoofingTalk.com