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#49730 - 03/14/05 11:09 AM should I work for union or private contractor?
unsaint32 Offline

Registered: 08/24/04
Posts: 16
Loc: eden prairie, MN, USA
I am graduating from a tech school with a 2 year electrician diploma.

I was wondering if anyone might share insights into differences between

working as a union electrician apprentice or working for a private


Pay is not that important to me. But longterm career advancement,
therefore trainning, is also important to me.

I hope to work oneday in industrial control or electrical drafting



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#49731 - 03/14/05 11:41 AM Re: should I work for union or private contractor?
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
In my opinion, the most effective electrician is an employed electrician.

Go to whoever has the work There are pro's and con's to each, and I'll bet this topic gets locked before much more gets said
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#49732 - 03/14/05 12:05 PM Re: should I work for union or private contractor?
Rich Thomas Offline

Registered: 03/09/05
Posts: 48
Loc: Seattle, Washington, USA
I suggest starting with a union contractor. In some states, union contractors have a better chance of winning bids and getting projects.

Your idea about working for knowledge rather than simply money is a good attitude. I think you have a good opportunity to learn a great deal on the job. After a few years, you could consider becoming an electrical engineer and specilize in industrial controls. An engineer with practical hands-on experience, which you'll be getting, is a good combination.

#49733 - 03/14/05 12:11 PM Re: should I work for union or private contractor?
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
It also depends on what type of work you want to do. Around here most (not all) of the union shops do (primarily) new construction. Getting in isn't always easy but they do keep you going; there's always construction in the MD/VA/DC metro area. If you wanted to do service work you'd have a better chance in the non union area. But Ryan has the real answer ... get employed; the rest will work itself out.

#49734 - 03/14/05 02:07 PM Re: should I work for union or private contractor?
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