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What do you do on the side? #26641
06/17/03 07:13 PM
06/17/03 07:13 PM
DougW  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
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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Re: What do you do on the side? #26642
06/17/03 07:36 PM
06/17/03 07:36 PM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,344
I do EMS

Re: What do you do on the side? #26643
06/17/03 07:47 PM
06/17/03 07:47 PM
Roger  Offline
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Posts: 1,716
Doug, off the subject but relevent to your status, save yourself some grief and drop the FNG title. [Linked Image]


Re: What do you do on the side? #26644
06/17/03 08:57 PM
06/17/03 08:57 PM
NJwirenut  Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 806
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.

Re: What do you do on the side? #26645
06/18/03 02:49 AM
06/18/03 02:49 AM
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
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.

Re: What do you do on the side? #26646
06/18/03 04:28 AM
06/18/03 04:28 AM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
Electrician 24/7 I guess I should start looking for a second job. [Linked Image]

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

It seems the majority of electricians I know that have two careers are firefighters.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Re: What do you do on the side? #26647
06/18/03 04:58 AM
06/18/03 04:58 AM
zapped208  Offline
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 197
Somewhere in USA
Electrician 24/7, work full time for my employer, plus I have my own small business.

Shoot first, apologize later.....maybe
Re: What do you do on the side? #26648
06/18/03 05:45 AM
06/18/03 05:45 AM
Redsy  Offline
Joined: Mar 2001
Posts: 2,056
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.

Re: What do you do on the side? #26649
06/18/03 07:54 AM
06/18/03 07:54 AM
GEO  Offline
Joined: Mar 2003
Posts: 47
electrician by trade .city electrical inspector occupation with building and accessibility responsibility. PEACE

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Re: What do you do on the side? #26650
06/18/03 11:55 AM
06/18/03 11:55 AM
seeks  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 25
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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