17 June, 2014

Plumber Gasfitter

So I can choose between these three. I like to work with my hands. Which one is better for Job Openings, Pay, and Job Opportunities (Ability to Move up). I like Plumber the most because of the Ability to be able to be a Pipefitter, steamfitter or Gasfitter but I think I would like the others just as much. Which one would you pick and why. After speaking to others on the web, I found the answer. Depends. New construction is diffrent then service. In the trade you will do both. So saying that the number one reason I would not be a plumber is the service calls. Yes that means cleaning up peoples shit. So for me plumber was no go. Carpenter would not be a bad idea but your mostly out in the elements. Extreme hot and cold. Electrician was a better choice for me and I might be a bit proud sence my family is half electricians. But the down fall is the potential of electrocution. Gives me a rush, Its known in the construction trade that we make good money.


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  1. Sunna Nesmith845 June 16, 2014 at 3:10 am #
    All the hands on jobs ( blue collar) are all in need right now and they all make a good wage!!!
  2. Wizard Richards June 16, 2014 at 9:17 am #
    Plumber. It is harder to get into. You normally have to serve an apprenticeship. I have never met a poor plumber.
  3. Wizard Burbank June 16, 2014 at 11:18 am #
    Where do I begin. . . . A lot of which direction you choose should depend on the area you intend on working. Since you used the terms "pipe fitter and steamfitter", it sounds like you may be in a populated "organized labor situation", and there may be unions which could dictate which direction you should head in. Right now (in NYC area) there are many out of work construction (carpenter type) workers due to the economy, and many union electricians also out because both the economy and non-union cheap workers. Plumbers are always in need, but you need to get in a good hall and be able to learn quickly, study your codes to take the tests, and of course. . kiss some ass along the way. I know folks making 85. 00 an hour, and are living fine, once they learn "the system". If your not going union, the next consideration is if you intend on someday working for yourself or if you will be working for another company. Most areas are, or soon will be regulating all three trades with licensing. In just about every case, you will need to prove that you have years of experience before getting your own name and license. Again, its a location thing, as the more populated the area, the more tax money is generated, the better the licensing agency is in place, the more they insist you need to know to obtain a license, because the infrastructures you may work in will be more involved. PLUMBER- always able to make a buck, even bad ones. Highly skilled ones make huge bucks, with good workers (you?) working for them. They know all facets of their trade, including copper, steam, pex, cast, pvc, abs, no-hub, exhaust and fresh air exchange, street supply, sprinklers,etc. Work environment varies, watch out for asbestos old steam pipes, breathing too much lead/ flux, and then theres the poop in the pipe that you will become one with. Overhead is semi-high. . . lots of materials and tools, heavy duty trucks. Insurance is moderate. CARPENTER- Big classification ( framers, finish, gen. contr. ) too many average ones, not as many bad ones survived the downturned economy. Much to learn!! Get good and be in demand. Read a lot on line and know your materials- just saw a 8,000 sq ft new house with 6" clear cherry floor get ripped up because nobody understood the vapor issue under the underlayment but on top of a layer of plastic, and when the radiant heat finally was turned on, the whole floor swelled and cracked. (34,000. OOPS) Nothing is better than working with wood. Overhead also semi-high. . tools,tools, truck,tools. Insurance not terrible- just don't do roofs. ELECTRICIAN- AHHH. . . lots to learn, risks are up there, but if you know you stuff, and don't ever ever space out. . . . cause yes, you can die. . . the rewards are great. Good residential electricians are always in high demand, for new and old work. . . These guys are always the cleanest guys on the job, both their hands and the insides of their trucks. Overhead is very low, insurance is cheap. Low voltage/ communication work is always growing too. HVAC- although you didn't mention it. . . this trade is always inn demand if, again, you become very good with your hands and your knowledge of state of the art equipment. Always changing with new efficiencies being mandated. Overhead is somewhere between elec. and plumber. Ins. not bad.
  4. Harpy Lowell June 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm #
    Never mind what others think you have answered your own question the trade for you is Plumbing. The long letter is right in some respects your training is by far better in the unions then nonunion! All states are going to require a certification of one sort or another. The license comes into play if you establish your own shop! Go union regardless of where you live you !!!!