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Burned out or Bored #45222
11/21/04 07:55 PM
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Mr Bendy  Offline OP
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Joined: Nov 2004
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Hemet,California,USA
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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Re: Burned out or Bored #45223
11/21/04 08:20 PM
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Electricmanscott  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
Plenty of work here in Massachusetts.

Re: Burned out or Bored #45224
11/21/04 08:24 PM
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RickG  Offline
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Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 37
South County, R.I. USA
Plenty of work here in Rhode Island.

Re: Burned out or Bored #45225
11/21/04 08:33 PM
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CTwireman  Offline
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Posts: 840
Connecticut, USA
Plenty of work here in Connecticut.

OK, that about covers southern New England, any other takers? [Linked Image]


Peter
Re: Burned out or Bored #45226
11/21/04 08:34 PM
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Electric Eagle  Offline
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Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
Plenty of work here in Georgia.

Re: Burned out or Bored #45227
11/21/04 08:37 PM
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Electricmanscott  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
Probably better weather in Georgia!

Re: Burned out or Bored #45228
11/21/04 09:00 PM
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PCBelarge  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 681
Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
It seems that every electrical contractor I know is looking for good help....good help [Linked Image]
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.

Pierre


Pierre Belarge
Re: Burned out or Bored #45229
11/21/04 09:09 PM
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harold endean  Offline
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Posts: 2,233
Boonton, NJ
Dave,

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. [Linked Image])

Re: Burned out or Bored #45230
11/21/04 09:14 PM
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Peter  Offline
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Posts: 92
San Diego
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
11/21/04 09:26 PM
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andyp95  Offline
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Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 46
Vermont
Shortage of electicians here in VT/NH. too.Licensed guys can have no problem finding work at good pay.

I was at a crossroads at about the 8 year point too,thought about changing fields, glad I didn't.
Best of luck to you.

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