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Old 01-07-2019, 10:43 PM   #1
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Hey y'all, was a journeyman out of high school 12 years ago. Let my license drop and just got it back. I currently work in the mines but am ready for a career change. Trying to get into the trade but not sure what moves to make. Got 2 kids and a wife depending on me so still gotta make the bills. Have a 1080 hour trade course and some residential experience under my belt. And ideas for a guy trying to get outta the dust? Many thanks.
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Old 01-12-2019, 08:44 AM   #2
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Welcome Journeyman.

Just go talk to some electrical companies. A guy working to feed his family is a desirable hire because he's stable and motivated. Be honest and sincere. The opportunity to switch careers is now while the economy is still strong.
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Welcome aboard @Journeyman2019!

I'd look into the largest companies you can find if you want to stay in your current area.

If you would consider moving I'd head to the DC area by yourself and get a job, they are hurting for electricians in that area. I'm sure it wouldn't take long for you to get established with a decent company then move the family out.
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Welcome from Maine. Good luck with your search.
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Hey y'all, was a journeyman out of high school 12 years ago. Let my license drop and just got it back. I currently work in the mines but am ready for a career change. Trying to get into the trade but not sure what moves to make. Got 2 kids and a wife depending on me so still gotta make the bills. Have a 1080 hour trade course and some residential experience under my belt. And ideas for a guy trying to get outta the dust? Many thanks.
Welcome aboard!

What part of WV are yu in?
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Seems manufacturing could be a good bridge for you. You work with machines in the mines?
Most important is welcome to the forum and good luck.
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doing skids for oil feild would be decent
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i really appreciate all the help.



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You work with machines in the mines?
Yes, i can run anything. some better than others.


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im near philippi. north central.


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what is "doing skids" not familiar with this term.



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I'd look into the largest companies you can find if you want to stay in your current area.

If you would consider moving I'd head to the DC area by yourself and get a job, they are hurting for electricians in that area. I'm sure it wouldn't take long for you to get established with a decent company then move the family out.
Its a thought. My sister lives inside dc. Id like to stay in the area for now for my wife to be close to family. But, i'm not totally against moving.





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Just go talk to some electrical companies. A guy working to feed his family is a desirable hire because he's stable and motivated. Be honest and sincere.
Thank you. I'm no job hopper. i stay when needed, where needed.



again, thanks for helping out. I kinda feel dumb at this point. thanks , sam.
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Welcome @Journeyman2019. Lot's of great folks on here with an incredible range of trade experience. You'll find a bunch of good answers and solid advice here.
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Welcome to the forums and good luck.
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I'd look into the largest companies you can find if you want to stay in your current area.

If you would consider moving I'd head to the DC area by yourself and get a job, they are hurting for electricians in that area. I'm sure it wouldn't take long for you to get established with a decent company then move the family out.
Work is plentiful in DC, but be ready for a wallet shock. Housing is expensive and getting worse every year. Lots of Trades people have 2+hour commutes to find housing they can afford. Took me over 1.5 hours this morning to drive 69 miles. We have guys in Local 26 that live in WV, PA, etc. and make the commute daily.
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And that's why there's so much traffic. Instead of everyone driving 7 miles they're driving 70 miles.
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And that's why there's so much traffic. Instead of everyone driving 7 miles they're driving 70 miles.
A two hour commute each way, I have to look at that like a second job that I hate and don't get paid for.
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A two hour commute each way, I have to look at that like a second job that I hate and don't get paid for.
For some people that's the only "me time" they get. Imagine someone in a horrible relationship. They'd look for a job an hour farther away than that.
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Work is plentiful in DC, but be ready for a wallet shock. Housing is expensive and getting worse every year. Lots of Trades people have 2+hour commutes to find housing they can afford. Took me over 1.5 hours this morning to drive 69 miles. We have guys in Local 26 that live in WV, PA, etc. and make the commute daily.
The OP is in WV and I wouldn't live in the DC area again if my life depended on it. I'd live a fair commute away.

It takes more than 1 1/2 hours to travel 70 miles in NJ where I spent years. The Cali guys that commute more than 2 hours would love a 1 1/2 hr drive.

The pay in DC is worth the commute in my opinion.
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I can be in Miami or Tampa in that time.
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A two hour commute each way, I have to look at that like a second job that I hate and don't get paid for.
That's one of the major reasons that I chose to open my own shop and leave a much larger, now franchise-type company a few years ago.

I grew tired of finishing the scheduled jobs for the day around 4 o'clock, being about 30 minutes away from home and then getting kicked in the sack by dispatch...

"Oh great, glad you're done. We've got another job for you..."

Yeah, the other job was always about an hour away in the opposite direction of home. And of course, travel time was not paid.

Now I can charge appropriately for travel time. It doesn't matter if I'm fishing wires, replacing a load center, troubleshooting a tripping AFCI, hanging a ceiling fan, or sitting in traffic... My time is my time. If somebody (company or customer) wants some of my time they are going to pay for it no matter what I'm doing with that time.
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