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Old 08-20-2013, 08:06 PM   #1
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Hi guys,

I'm a JM working in resi&light commercial but I have an offer to work industrial.
My only industrial experience is in troubleshooting and some conduit bending.
Never installed a tray, never tried the hydraulic bender.

would be wise to switch from something I know well to try something I only know in theory?

10x
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Give it a shot. Running cable tray is easy stuff.....the hydraulic bender is not exactly complicated.....in a short time any decent sparky with a good theory background should be able to pick up most aspects of the trade. None of this is exactly rocket science
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Hi guys,

I'm a JM working in resi&light commercial but I have an offer to work industrial.
My only industrial experience is in troubleshooting and some conduit bending.
Never installed a tray, never tried the hydraulic bender.

would be wise to switch from something I know well to try something I only know in theory?

10x
Jump right in,you're already a journeymen so you should have no trouble learning that part of the trade.

If you know how to bed pipe then you'll have no problem with IMC,RMC.
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Give it a shot. Running cable tray is easy stuff.....the hydraulic bender is not exactly complicated.....in a short time any decent sparky with a good theory background should be able to pick up most aspects of the trade. None of this is exactly rocket science
this is what my wife told me... I want to do more than replacing plugs and 15A breakers.
I'm more interested in PLCs and motors.
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this is what my wife told me... I want to do more than replacing plugs and 15A breakers.
I'm more interested in PLCs and motors.
If you dont have much interest in what you are doing now and have a good interest in motors and motor controls then get the hell out of resi and take the job. As an added bonus...I'm sure it pays better.

Don't worry about the fact that the type of work is different.....you should catch it just fine.
I made the same transition from resi to heavy commercial and major industrial.....I've never looked back. I don't care if I ever wire another house
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Bigger tools, bigger pipes, just all round big is better. Don't sweat it.
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It will certainly be more challenging. It could be hotter, dirtier, and more physical, but, I think industrial work is great. Industrial construction can be very physical and maintenance can be stressful, but very rewarding.
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Guys who work industrial jobs cannot be there for the early morning glassy waves, cause they have to punch a time clock. My take........





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Do it. Like everyone else has said, if your already a JW you'll pick it up. Just remember when running rmc, you have to be able to spin it together. Although you can always do the unthinkable and use an 3 piece.
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Do it. Like everyone else has said, if your already a JW you'll pick it up. Just remember when running rmc, you have to be able to spin it together. Although you can always do the unthinkable and use an 3 piece.
biggest rmc I ever worked with, was a 2 1/2' but I did it anyway... with no help.

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