Ok, Ive been in electrical for 8 years now, went through the ABC in San Diego did the whole apprentice thing for 4 years. Once I got out of school...it seemed work slowed and contractors seemed pretty flaky...Im on unemployment now and seriously thinking about giving up on being electrician...way too much down time and illegals and underqualified seem to be saturating the market. I like the work...anyone know any other states that arent too overcrowded that have work? Thanx Dave
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It seems that every electrical contractor I know is looking for good help....good help I am in NY State. There are always going to be unsettling situations in our business, but the grass is not any greener in other types of work either.
Re: Burned out or Bored#45229 11/21/0409:09 PM11/21/0409:09 PM
There is tons of work here in NJ too. On the down side,, there are lots of people doing side jobs that electrical people should be doing. There are off duty policeman, fireman, postal people, or a neighbor, friend, cousin, etc. who is willing to do electrical work for someone they know. The only people who lose out are the homeowners who use these unskilled people. I have seen where people use these "fly-by-nights" and then when there is a problem, they can't find "their friend" who helped them. Then they have to go out and hire a qualified electrical person to fix what the other guy screwed up. Usually it cost just as much (If not more) than what it would have cost if the EC did the work from the very begining. I have been in the electrical trade for 25 years now and I have see them all come and go. When times are good, everyone is doing the construction work. When times get bad onlt the good guys will remain. The tough times weed out the bad guys. Our trade is not a real eas trade. (Although plumbers used to always kid me about that.) We did not have to carry heavy tubs etc. However it takes a little more knowledge to figure out circuitry, the NEC, and how to trouble shoot electrical circuits. ( Please plumbers don't e-mail me. Some of my bestfriends are plumbers. )
Re: Burned out or Bored#45230 11/21/0409:14 PM11/21/0409:14 PM
Mr. Bendy, Do I know you? I'm in the same boat but don't worry about it. The business here is very cyclical. Everything shuts down and nothing is started during the winter here because of the snow and constant rains and mud storms. Always get laid off the day before Thanksgiving. Enjoy your holiday. Get your license. You must have had a course by Gary Wood or George Stout? Peter
Re: Burned out or Bored#45231 11/21/0409:26 PM11/21/0409:26 PM