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Old 03-05-2012, 02:05 PM   #111
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Its enough money for me,but im only 20 without to many bills to pay. Once you turn out is when you really start making a living. The first thing my journeyman told me on the job was that you wont get rich in the trade,but you will make a very comfortable living if you do your part and that's good enough for me
Depends where you're at, I started out doing electrical, put 5 years in on the job for a non-union douchebag who refuses to put anyone through apprenticeship cuz he won't pay more than 12 bucks an hour, things went south with that company and now it's impossible to get in anywhere with the construction economy the way it is. The union doesn't get much work here cuz the big nonunion contractors take all the work. I agree if times are good and you are in the union or with a reputable contractor you can make a hell of a living esp in the high paying locals like the Chicago area, if you wanna live in that cesspool, but around here you end up working a couple months then on unemployment the rest of the year or until it runs out, that's why I chose something differenet
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Electronic technician for the last 30+ years. Started in the Army on the H.A.W.K. missile system and then with government contractors after I got out. Have worked on everything from old tube systems all the way through microelectronics and back. Due to security I can't discuss my current job activities.
Many years ago I lived in Las Vegas and had a job in the box for a few years.
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Animal feed plant manager. Mostly dairy cows up here in WI. Y'all keep buying milk & cheese, keeps me employed.
Yeah, and my cardiologist and bypass surgeon too.
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Depends where you're at, I started out doing electrical, put 5 years in on the job for a non-union douchebag who refuses to put anyone through apprenticeship cuz he won't pay more than 12 bucks an hour, things went south with that company and now it's impossible to get in anywhere with the construction economy the way it is. The union doesn't get much work here cuz the big nonunion contractors take all the work. I agree if times are good and you are in the union or with a reputable contractor you can make a hell of a living esp in the high paying locals like the Chicago area, if you wanna live in that cesspool, but around here you end up working a couple months then on unemployment the rest of the year or until it runs out, that's why I chose something differenet
Yea it was slow a little bit at the end of the year,there's union and non-union here in Memphis. Im non,but the owner of my company is a good man and will send me to school once the classes start. Its not as big of a company as it used to be and im the only apprentice,the way he sees it your taking care of him and hia family so he's gonna take care if you and yours. Guess im lucky to have gotten in with some honest folks,some buddies of mine weren't so lucky. But yea this trade can deffinamtly be feast and famine sometimes,but I don't wake up in the mornings and dread going to my job so im happy
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Drilling and blasting...heavy equipment and high explosives, not as fun as it sounds. Mortgage crisis crushed us and have been laid off longer than I care to admit... I'm doing stone work, walls, drive/walkways and such. Trying to make a go of it on my own, the thought of working another minute for somebody else is nauseating to me.

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Thats perfect I just got in with a livestock buyer for AW cherry an sons in bowlingreen ky its 2 rounds per week 4 yards in texas 2 in new mexico all go to bowlingreen ky
Thanks for the offer, im gonna have to pass though. I drove otr for swift and nearly ended up divorced because of it plus i have a 2 1/2 yr old son i like to be around daily.
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Yea it was slow a little bit at the end of the year,there's union and non-union here in Memphis. Im non,but the owner of my company is a good man and will send me to school once the classes start. Its not as big of a company as it used to be and im the only apprentice,the way he sees it your taking care of him and hia family so he's gonna take care if you and yours. Guess im lucky to have gotten in with some honest folks,some buddies of mine weren't so lucky. But yea this trade can deffinamtly be feast and famine sometimes,but I don't wake up in the mornings and dread going to my job so im happy
I went to school, spent 4 years doing the work. I enjoyed the job. The last big job I did I was responsible for 6 million dollars worth of material, equipment, and at one point supplying over 50 electricians. Life was moving faster than money. As soon as I left they laid everyone off, still have hardly no work. Non union company however, all non union companies were in a "association." They controlled wages so you really couldn't get ahead. I left making $ 12.75 an hour. I make more in a week now then I made in a month.
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I went to school, spent 4 years doing the work. I enjoyed the job. The last big job I did I was responsible for 6 million dollars worth of material, equipment, and at one point supplying over 50 electricians. Life was moving faster than money. As soon as I left they laid everyone off, still have hardly no work. Non union company however, all non union companies were in a "association." They controlled wages so you really couldn't get ahead. I left making $ 12.75 an hour. I make more in a week now then I made in a month.
Ya it's an enjoyable job i liked it, wish there was a way I could just take the classes on my own and actually go to school to get certified, I have plenty of work experience just no actual school, as far as I'm concerned the whole apprenticeship thing is good and bad, ya it gives people a shot a making a living while learning, but when its the only way to go to learn the trade, it turns it into a "u gotta know somebody to get in" sort of thing. Union apprentices are often someone's son or nephew and guys like me with experience who may have even done better on the testing don't get a shot just cuz I'm not related to any current members. I'll stick with what I'm doin now, its long hours but pays well for what it is, can't beat it with a stick in this area.
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I'm not sure how it is where you are, you can test for your license after 6 years. That is proven logged time working. Or 4 years in a approved school, there are schools in ky but, it's about $1800 per semester.

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I'm not sure how it is where you are, you can test for your license after 6 years. That is proven logged time working. Or 4 years in a approved school, there are schools in ky but, it's about $1800 per semester.
i can test in here too but i'd have to have 1 more year of exp or 1 year of related schooling like a manufaturing maintenance program or something, wish they had just plain electricians school when ur done u take test and get ur card, cant do it here
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