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Old 06-16-2008, 01:29 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Default Electrician or plumber

If you had a choice would you rather be an electrician or a plumber and which one usually pays more?

I know in some towns there are companys that will hire you on and train you,In my city now I cant seem to find anything like this, it is the same way with dental assistants,everything here you have to go to school for.Do you know of anywhere like this or why its like this?
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:55 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Personally I would go for the electrician. Pays better and you're not dealing with anybody's stopped up toilet.

Electical work is a little more dangerous though.

Weirdly, if you want to write your own ticket and work internationally you know what's in huge demand? Generator techs. Private industry and the US government can't get enough generator technicians.
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Lexington
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I have a family member who is in the 3rd year of plumbers apprenticeship and he makes a pretty good buck, however he is out in all types of weather.
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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If you are young and not afraid of hard work, check into well drilling. There is good money, the US will be drilling more for oil. Also, check with water well drillers. All of our trade journals are full of "help wanted" ads. These jobs are apprentice type licensing.
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Old 06-17-2008, 06:36 PM
 
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If you had a choice would you rather be an electrician or a plumber and which one usually pays more?

I know in some towns there are companys that will hire you on and train you,In my city now I cant seem to find anything like this, it is the same way with dental assistants,everything here you have to go to school for.Do you know of anywhere like this or why its like this?
I know a couple of guys in the plumbers union here in chicagoland.It pays $35 I think.They went to the plumbers union and took a test.One got help from the inside.It's a process for sure.They choose so many a year out of hundreds.The electrician is the same process,but pays a few dollars more.One guy I know says he make $40 a hour in the concrete union.Illinois pays good wages for skilled trades.A ready mix concrete driver make $29.50 a hour.Have you ever seen what they do? Talk about gravy train.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:18 AM
 
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Personally if I had to chose: i would much rather be a electrician.Guys I know work for big industry and stil make 20-30 thousand a year extra on the side. I know one that does the wiring for several air conditioning comapnies on the side and say its quick and easy money.
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Old 06-18-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Sometimes Maryland, sometimes NoVA. Depends on the day of the week
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At least when my husband was in (non-union) training, he had to find the job first as an electrician helper, then, after he worked for a set time for them to decide he was worth it, they would sponsor him for the apprenticeship program. He was making $40 after 3 years of apprenticeship and before he was even licensed. But that was in the Washington, DC area. He is licensed now, but we move and he isn't making quite as much. He also switched from residential to construction b/c he didn't like dealing with customers.

FWIW, he went with electrician b/c you don't have to deal with toilets and you don't have 2am electrical emergencies.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:24 AM
 
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Default Curious about trades

I had been looking into a JATC electrician apprenticeship, but generator tech seems interesting. Any other ideas on best trades to enter for the travel-thirsty?


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Personally I would go for the electrician. Pays better and you're not dealing with anybody's stopped up toilet.

Electical work is a little more dangerous though.

Weirdly, if you want to write your own ticket and work internationally you know what's in huge demand? Generator techs. Private industry and the US government can't get enough generator technicians.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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Here in NYC, electricians are overcrowded. The union electricians have mandatory furlough, so they don't even get to work 52 weeks out of the year. And if you get laid off, you'll be on the bottom of the list for 40 weeks minimum. But that's just NYC, not sure about other places.
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Old 03-06-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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If you had a choice would you rather be an electrician or a plumber and which one usually pays more?
In my first 2 years of college, I was a maintenance person for an apartment complex. I installed light switches, plugs, light fixtures, rangehoods, ect, which obviously isn't the skills of a REAL electrician. However, I also have plunged toilets, worked on piping under sinks, sink clogs, whatever. It's messy, uncomfortable, and it sucks. Obviously, I wasn't a full skilled plumber either.

Point being, I would take the electrician job without looking back. No question at all. Well, actually I'd take being a CPA , but I will forever have respect for the blue collar workers~
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