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Old 09-23-2012, 07:07 PM   #1
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Does anyone on here work for DOC. A buddy works as an elec trades instructor, he does maint and trains inmates to do electrical work! What a concept huh? Any good or bad? He says out of an 8 hr day maybe 4 hrs of work! Cuz of head counts and lunch and clean up! Down falls( may get stabbed, pay is mediocre, u have to do searches ewwww) upside is state work, pension, union, easy work ( no more 4" or 500mcm).

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:09 PM   #2
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Each state is different but I spent 25 years with the Calif DOC. I don't know where you got no running 4". I ran 4" grs in steam tunnels. I worked everything from maintenance of schools, kitchens that served over 18000 meals 7 days a week, machine shops, admin offices, licensed hospitals and complete construction of general housing units to admin segregated max security housing units. Oh and the requirement when I started was the ability, knowledge and experience to climb poles, work voltage from 50v to 13.8 kv, rebuild transformers and generators. I believe the requirement now is to be able to change light bulbs using lock out/tag out procedures.
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Each state is different but I spent 25 years with the Calif DOC. I don't know where you got no running 4". I ran 4" grs in steam tunnels. I worked everything from maintenance of schools, kitchens that served over 18000 meals 7 days a week, machine shops, admin offices, licensed hospitals and complete construction of general housing units to admin segregated max security housing units. Oh and the requirement when I started was the ability, knowledge and experience to climb poles, work voltage from 50v to 13.8 kv, rebuild transformers and generators. I believe the requirement now is to be able to change light bulbs using lock out/tag out procedures.
A friend that works i. A pa doc is where i git all my info! ..... They sub out all hi volt and big stuff ie the 500mcm and 4" statement!
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A friend that works i. A pa doc is where i git all my info! ..... They sub out all hi volt and big stuff ie the 500mcm and 4" statement!

Like I said each state is different and I have been retired from the state for 7 years. Before I left the the requirements to get hired into a trade was x years of experience or "preferred completion of a recognized apprenticeship and x years of field experience in construction and or maintenance.

The work performed now is basic maintenance and very light construction such as office renovation. Any specialized work is contracted out. We had a division that provided construction management and did all of the larger projects through a capital outlay process. This division grew to the point that the prison staff (trades) was kept out of the process of performing work that was beyond just maintenance. Which in turn related to losing positions and admin wondering why their wastewater/water/steam/generation plants would go down and no one knowledgeable to repair them.

If your looking for just a job with a few good benefits not a bad way to go. I have family that work in state jobs in three different states, all of them have less that 5 years service. Here is what has happened to these folks with the economics of today. My son makes less money than he made 2 years ago, medical contribution has been raised by 15%, retirement contribution has been raised by 10%, medical deductible went from $20.00 to $30.00 per doctor office visit. This about the same every where for government civil service.
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