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...in terms of opening up doors in the Electrical field would it be better to get a degree in HVAC, Electrical or Electronics. Assuming one already had an Electrician's license which degree would an employer rather see?
 

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Associates Degree

I would get an associates in Electronics. Then I would go sign on with with your local Power company and get one of those sweet substation technician jobs and make $100,000 per year, with overtime. That's the ticket.
 

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...in terms of opening up doors in the Electrical field would it be better to get a degree in HVAC, Electrical or Electronics. Assuming one already had an Electrician's license which degree would an employer rather see?
If you have an electricians license, why would you need a degree? Why spend thousands of $$$ to get what a $5 library card will get you?(I stoled that).
 

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What do you want to do?

If its resi/commercial- you dont need one and its basically like teaching someone to fly an airplane then having them push a shopping cart all day. A waste of money.

If you are interested in communications and setting up machine networks, the degree will be completely different then the guy who wants to do automation.
 

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I don't think you can go wrong with the electrical/electronic degree. It will give you a better understanding of controls and open up other doors.
 

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I'd go for astrophysics. if you are going to get burnt up anyway wiring 277/480, you might as well have a degree in something you can do out of a wheelchair.

http://www.electriciantalk.com/f2/why-do-i-keep-getting-bit-65750/
Because my boss never shuts any of the breakers off EVER. And I mean NEVER. He insists on working on everything hot. We do 277 hot. We do 277 hot while soaking wet. Thank f-God I've never been tagged by that. I can't wait till I get my license because I'm turning the ****ing breakers off to work on stuff.
 
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...in terms of opening up doors in the Electrical field would it be better to get a degree in HVAC, Electrical or Electronics. Assuming one already had an Electrician's license which degree would an employer rather see?
Depends on the employers line of work...

If I were you, and you want to become an electrician, I'd start taking classes that could potentially be applied to an electrical apprenticeship program (i.e. electrical and electronics).
 

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Depends on the employers line of work...

If I were you, and you want to become an electrician, I'd start taking classes that could potentially be applied to an electrical apprenticeship program (i.e. electrical and electronics).
I want to be solving complex electrical problems in a nuclear power plant or like a hydro-electric facility or something. Nothing against residential or commercial but a home owner can do that. Maybe not as proficiently or quickly, but still. I want to do something that very few people can do and I really mean that. And by "few" I don't mean going to the Hall every morning with 500 other guys that have the exact same license as you do.

I want to distinguish myself is what I guess I'm saying.
 

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I want to be solving complex electrical problems in a nuclear power plant or like a hydro-electric facility.

I want to distinguish myself is what I guess I'm saying.
There is no such thing as "distinguishing" yourself doing that kind of work.

Its what is EXPECTED of you. If you are good at it, you will earn a great living and retire well.

If you are not good at it, you will be quickly weeded out and back to square one.

Either way, the amount of thought that goes into it will give you an tumor.:laughing:
 

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There is no such thing as "distinguishing" yourself doing that kind of work.

Its what is EXPECTED of you. If you are good at it, you will earn a great living and retire well.

If you are not good at it, you will be quickly weeded out and back to square one.

Either way, the amount of thought that goes into it will give you an tumor.:laughing:
Do you think pre-Engineering is more appropriate for that type of work or robotics or electrical? We don't have an instrumentation program where I live but there is Robotics and another degree in Electrical Technologies. I suppose either would be good...Apparently you need a degree for a lot of these power plant jobs and I don't see anyway to get my foot in the door without one as I'm not that well connected.
 

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Do you think pre-Engineering is more appropriate for that type of work or robotics or electrical? We don't have an instrumentation program where I live but there is Robotics and another degree in Electrical Technologies. I suppose either would be good...Apparently you need a degree for a lot of these power plant jobs and I don't see anyway to get my foot in the door without one as I'm not that well connected.
Start looking at job postings that interest you and see what type of education is required.
http://www.powerplantjobs.com/ppj.nsf/mainhome?OpenForm

I want to be solving complex electrical problems in a nuclear power plant or like a hydro-electric facility or something.
This statement ^ sounds like you need to be looking at a BSEE.
 

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if you want to make some real money look into nursing or the medical field. my girl makes double what I do. I'm trying to work the whole stay at home dad/sugar mamma angle. lol
 

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if you want to make some real money look into nursing or the medical field. my girl makes double what I do. I'm trying to work the whole stay at home dad/sugar mamma angle. lol
Way more potential in Electrical I believe. Unless you're talking becoming an MD your salary will peak somewhere and on top you'll ALWAYS be working for someone else. There are no private RN's that I'm aware of. I think if you know something about business you can do real well in any trade since most contractors know **** all about running a business. If they did they wouldn't be out of work so often...
 

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