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Old 12-24-2017, 12:38 PM   #1
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New Journeyman.
Was contemplating whether to take a service truck or to stay in construction and work towards a supervision path.
What would you think will give be more marketable skills as my career advances.
Was looking at where the best market will be in five years or so. Construction or service work.
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Old 12-24-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Service work would entail a vast pallet of different ****. Sitting baby sitting on site after site would cap out fast.
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Welcome to the group though!!! Merry Christmas or whatever damn thing you observe.
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New Journeyman.
Was contemplating whether to take a service truck or to stay in construction
Service truck for me was entertaining.
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I told him Service is best for a young Journeyman.
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Welcome to ET Noob85

I'll side with the others, you always learn more being on your toes in the service arena

But market in 5 years? Most can't see it in 5 months......

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Can't your dad answer these questions for you?
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Can't your dad answer these questions for you?
He's a flaming liberial.
What was good for him in the last century might not be that relevant today.
Who will be running the bigger jobs in a few years when you older guys retire??
Dad didn't think much of seeing service trucks parked at job sites, thought they should be out making better money not parked.
This leads me to believe a choice should be made early in my career.
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To answer the question is to question the man.

Some fellas just LOVE Service Call work. They love to run solo... or at best... with one assistant.

Other fellas just love to run work... to hold a clip-board and pen... and to tell the inmates how to rope MC, bend pipe, etc.

If the route you select does not lead to personal happiness, the financial numbers will always suck.
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With a successful service electric company, you can end up owning a Cesna plane like Flyboy does. And that is no small accomplishment , I bow to him.

With a successful electrical constrution conglomerate you can end up owning a fleet of G5's. Before you laugh, just remember most all the top 100 were started up no more than sixty years ago. Whether that can be repeated in the modern NWO playground we have now is the question though........
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I think it's going to be interesting to see the Millennials get eachother to work in the morning and get 40 hours out of eachother.
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>He's a flaming liberial.
What was good for him in the last century might not be that relevant today.

>>What does being any type of liberal or conservative have to do with this subject?

>Who will be running the bigger jobs in a few years when you older guys retire??

>>Construction usually pays higher but has many highs and lows as far as employment besides the annual Spring, Summer, Fall high and Winter low.
Service work is almost always in demand unless there is a severe recession or depression where most of all industries/businesses shut down or severely downsize. In such a scenario, Construction will be hit even harder.

>Dad didn't think much of seeing service trucks parked at job sites, thought they should be out making better money not parked.

>>Your dad is correct in this observation. Whether it be a Service Truck or any other type of Business Truck used in Electrical work; if it is parked in the yard, it is NOT paying for itself but costing the company money!

>This leads me to believe a choice should be made early in my career.

You are correct here. As mentioned above; Service work is usually an excellent training field as you normally get a much wider scope of experience and usually do all aspects of the job from the beginning to the end.

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Welcome aboard @NewElect85!

Service work is always there even when construction dries up with economy issues.
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I've done all phases of Residential, Commercial, and New Construction and Light Service for Industrial....

My favorite has been service. It gives me a little bit of everything on a regular basis. I personally get super bored on a site for more than a week, hate GC's, and like meeting new people on a regular basis.

I would recommend service over anything, but never having done Industrial maintenance, I can't say I wouldn't like that too. (I think I would after reading posts by Jlarson, Micromind, and many others, it seems like a constant challenge and learning).

My one recommendation is don't choose a path by pay, put the money aside and focus on what you enjoy. No matter what you do, you have to enjoy it day in and day out, otherwise the money will never matter. (How many professional sports players have walked away from the game because they didn't enjoy it?)
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I try to do everything as often as possible. I get bored otherwise.

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I get bored with construction pretty easily. Service is always there and varied. It can be frustrating cleaning up after others, but that's what we do. Find what you like, though. If you aren't somewhat satisfied as others have mentioned, the money won't matter.
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