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#26641 - 06/17/03 05:13 PM What do you do on the side?
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
Maybe just a FNG question, but thought it might be worth askin'...

Seen several mentions in other posts about occupations other than electrical (i.e. Fire Service), and it makes me wonder...what do you folks do other than the electrical biz? Which one do you consider your "primary" or "secondary" occupation?

To lead it off, I've been a full time Firefighter / Paramedic (24/48) for a suburban department outside of Chicago for 8+ years. I consider it my "primary" job, since I've been doing it longer, and I'm building a pension at it. Electrical work takes place on my "off" days.

On the flip side, my foreman is a Lt. on our volunteer dept., and considers electrical to be his F/T gig. No hard feelin's or conflicts, as the combo works well for the shop. (We're too small during slow periods for 3 F/T'rs, and they know I have another source of income)

Just curious.


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#26642 - 06/17/03 05:36 PM Re: What do you do on the side?
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
I do EMS

#26643 - 06/17/03 05:47 PM Re: What do you do on the side?
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Doug, off the subject but relevent to your status, save yourself some grief and drop the FNG title.


#26644 - 06/17/03 06:57 PM Re: What do you do on the side?
NJwirenut Offline

Registered: 09/15/01
Posts: 816
Loc: Bergen County, NJ
The electrical work is a sideline here.

Full-time gig is as an electronic instrument designer for an environmental engineering lab. Lots of long-term field installations of water quality and meteorological stations, as well as the design and construction of specialized instruments that we cant purchase commercially.

The field installations often involve either photovoltaics/inverters or utility power to run the equipment, so my employer actually paid me to get my electrical license a few years back, so they would have someone on staff, and not have to hire out the power wiring.

So they got their in-house electrician, and I developed a decent weekend/evening business doing mostly residential work.

#26645 - 06/18/03 12:49 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
My main work is in electronics: Radio, TV, telephone etc. The electrical wiring is part-time, as and when anyone needs my services in this rather quiet, rural area.

#26646 - 06/18/03 02:28 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
Electrician 24/7 I guess I should start looking for a second job.

While we are on this subject, what is the relationship between firefighter/rescue workers and electricians?

It seems the majority of electricians I know that have two careers are firefighters.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#26647 - 06/18/03 02:58 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
zapped208 Offline

Registered: 02/18/03
Posts: 201
Loc: Somewhere in USA
Electrician 24/7, work full time for my employer, plus I have my own small business.
Shoot first, apologize later.....maybe

#26648 - 06/18/03 03:45 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
Redsy Offline

Registered: 03/28/01
Posts: 2138
Loc: Bucks County PA
I work as the E & I technician for a chemical company. With 23 years here, I have plenty of vacation, all but which about 1 week goes to working my electrical business.
Fortunately, I can take my vacation in 1/2 days. So it allows me to operate the business to some extent during the daytime.

#26649 - 06/18/03 05:54 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
GEO Offline

Registered: 03/12/03
Posts: 50
Loc: Lancaster,Pa
electrician by trade .city electrical inspector occupation with building and accessibility responsibility. PEACE

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#26650 - 06/18/03 09:55 AM Re: What do you do on the side?
seeks Offline

Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 24
Loc: bufalo, ny 14228
Sr. Electrical Designer by day...
Lead guitar player at night.

you know what they say ... "all work and no play..."

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