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Old 07-09-2019, 10:58 PM   #1
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I'd like to PM you with a few questions.
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Old 07-09-2019, 11:26 PM   #2
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I'd like to PM you with a few questions.
I'm not one, but I've worked with dozens of them over the years. Still work with one of (IMO) the best pneumatic guys around. Can I pass on a question or two to him?
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I'm not one, but I've worked with dozens of them over the years. Still work with one of (IMO) the best pneumatic guys around. Can I pass on a question or two to him?
It's career related so I guess this isn't the right place to ask.
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In my former career, I was a power plant (stationary) engineer. It was a part of the trade.
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Old 07-10-2019, 01:52 PM   #5
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Received my BC Instrumentation TQ in the late 70's ....retired couple of years now from that work.
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Received my BC Instrumentation TQ in the late 70's ....retired couple of years now from that work.
Do you think it's still a viable trade to get into?
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YES...There's still Industrial and Commercial [HVAC-DDC] work for Instrumentation Techs .
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YES...There's still Industrial and Commercial [HVAC-DDC] work for Instrumentation Techs .
I was hoping that being a second year instrumentation apprentice and a journeyman electrician that it would make me more desirable to hire than just being an electrician.
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Of course...anyone "dual trade" has an advantage ...especially with the larger controls companies.
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Of course...anyone "dual trade" has an advantage ...especially with the larger controls companies.
But is an advantage worth going to school for 9 months for?
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But is an advantage worth going to school for 9 months for?
9 months is a drop in the bucket.....do it.
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But is an advantage worth going to school for 9 months for?
It might be a recession resistant option.
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Some companies pay more for dual ticketed tradesmen, either hourly or as a lump sum on each cheque, regardless of how much you use the other ticket..
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Some companies pay more for dual ticketed tradesmen, either hourly or as a lump sum on each cheque, regardless of how much you use the other ticket..
That's good to hear.

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I've been doing some labor market research on instrument techs for most of the evening and it seems like they won't be in demand anywhere for the next few years. I fear that if I go back to school I still won't have a job in the end because the demand just isn't there.
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I've been doing some labor market research on instrument techs for most of the evening and it seems like they won't be in demand anywhere for the next few years. I fear that if I go back to school I still won't have a job in the end because the demand just isn't there.
When the friend of mine went to school in 2001 for his ticket, his instructors told him that pneumatics are rarely used any more with more and more PLC's. He laughed and said maybe in Edmonton, but there is no way it'll ever leave. There's too much existing that can't be changed, and too much controls that still depends on pneumatics of some kind. In the oil and gas sector for sure this is still so true. It's nice that the PLC can send the 4-20 ma signal to a valve, but it still needs some form of pressure to make it move, and someone is still needed to troubleshoot the PLC or other control devices..
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When the friend of mine went to school in 2001 for his ticket, his instructors told him that pneumatics are rarely used any more with more and more PLC's. He laughed and said maybe in Edmonton, but there is no way it'll ever leave. There's too much existing that can't be changed, and too much controls that still depends on pneumatics of some kind. In the oil and gas sector for sure this is still so true. It's nice that the PLC can send the 4-20 ma signal to a valve, but it still needs some form of pressure to make it move, and someone is still needed to troubleshoot the PLC or other control devices..
So I should go for it then?
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So I should go for it then?
That, unfortunately, I can't answer for you.. I don't know what market you are in, or what your clients may need. I don't know how competitive it is where you are. If you are in an urban center, they may be a dime a dozen. If you are where another buddy of mine went because they were screaming for instrumentation people, he was busy but wound up working near a fishing community that were up for paying him with fish (?!) and there was poor to no cell coverage. Some areas are definitely busier than others, and unfortunately I know of my little corner of the world and where I've worked in the past.

I was going to add to my previous post:
One case in point, is we've got 5 natural gas driven compressors on 2 sites, that used to be controlled by pneumatic panels. They are now on the second or third PLC, but there is still so much that is done pneumatically - valve sequencing, compressor govenor controllers, level control, etc. Wide range of vintage of transmitters, RTD's, T/C's, control valves spanning the last 40 years. It definitely challenges them at times.
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I have an instrument ticket and electrical. I was an electrician first then took my instrument. Are you after a full time position in a company and do not want to be a contractor then get your second ticket. A lot of companies desire these two trades together. It can be hard to do both at least in my experience but other places could be different. If I choose to leave the place I’m at i will have more options If I was just an electrician.
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