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)
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 - 06/18/0303:49 AMRe: What do you do on the side?
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 - 06/18/0308:54 AMRe: What do you do on the side?