Do you guys see alot of inspectors checking licenses? I have been doing this for 8yrs and I have never been asked for a card.
I didn't have reason to care before, but now with me wanting to go farther in my career and knowing how hard I have worked to get here, I'm more bothered by it.
I have worked for quite a few companies, that have had $13 hr. appentices running crews.
With the economy and how cut throat electrical is already... its gotta hurt when the competition is using apprentices to run crews. They can (and do) have 2 guys crews and have less than $25 per hr. out there wiring houses.
So just curious.. and to any inspectors reading this.... CHECK CARDS!!! ... please
... I'll add this too... We have been underbid in residential by a company using mainly apprentices (1 J-men, out of 5 crews) This is residential and he bid $1.77 per sq. ft. Thats a rediculas price... I know how hes doing it, its one part business volume, one part cheap labor. The volume part is fair, the cheap labor part is not.
"I know how hes doing it, its one part business volume, one part cheap labor. The volume part is fair, the cheap labor part is not."
If he is doing 1.77 a sq in volume, it just means he is going to get in trouble faster then the guy charging $2.00 a sq. The biggest complaint from production builders, is the electrical guys bid low, then come back looking for more money, or they don't come back to finish.
Some of these guys think if they get their foot in the door they will make up the money later, later never comes.
A good number of these guys have unpaid bills at the supply house, un paid insurances, and nothing more then a guess that they are making money.
The sad part is, when they drop out, another brain child comes along and tries it, sort of like watching someone jump off a building and splashing on the ground, then thinking maby he just din't do it right.