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Help or advise choosing a career.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Eesh, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Feb 23, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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    Eesh

    Eesh [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Ok well, here it goes. I'm 28 just about 29. I worked at an oil refinery, I liked the people I worked with, I made good money. But the working environment, chemicals and dust started to get to me. So I made up my mind and for the betterment of my long term health I quit.

    I would like to go into a trade. What type of trades can you guys recomend to me? I'll consider pretty much any kind of trade although I'm not too interested in Welding.
     
  2. Feb 23, 2009 at 3:48 PM
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    thebigk

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    I'm in IT so I'm partial to the IT trade :D
    My father has been electrician for 35yrs and NEVER been unemployed. (He's an electrical supervisor in the mining industry now.....matter of fact he just returned from a sister mine near Regina). I would say that's a pretty good field.
     
  3. Feb 23, 2009 at 4:01 PM
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    Krazie Sj

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    My Pops welds and he loves it. Dude, you can make your own Bush Bumper!
     
  4. Feb 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM
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    tdm156

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    There is a big need for Petroleum Engineers these days and I am sure that there are other jobs in Exploration and Production that might be worth looking into.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2009 at 4:15 PM
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    sooner07

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    I'd second electrician. Until Armageddon, they will be in demand.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    Eesh

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    What are your thoughts on an HVAC Tech? or a Mechanic?
     
  7. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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    Janster

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    Worked in an oil refinery? That's damn good money.... I knew a guy who quit being a Machine Operator to work in a refinery making $30 hr.

    What do you like to do? Are you mechanical? Technical?

    Electronics technicians will always be in demand in all sorts of factories & businesses. The Electronics technicians here where I work are responsible for everything electrical on the equipment, including diagnosing electronic failures (circuit boards, etc), computer diagnostics (since these machines are run off computers)...all around stuff. I wished I would've got into that type of work.

    Personally, I'm a Machine Operator who runs/operates/maintains/repairs my piece of equipment that I work on. When everything is running smoothly, it gets boring (Yet - you've done your job right if you're bored). It's factory work. Shift rotations & weekends (which I hate). But I enjoy the mechanical aspect of it. You don't need much schooling either, just a drive to learn and understand (self motivator). Money is good & I can't complain.
     
  8. Feb 23, 2009 at 6:39 PM
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    hoosiertaco

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    Industrial, or residential HVAC! If it's hot, cold, sucks or blows, we work on it.:D

    Seriously, HVAC is a good trade..........it's a combo of mechanical, electrical, and refrigeration.........

    I started in it when I was your age, never too late!
     
  9. Feb 24, 2009 at 12:39 PM
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    wing103

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    Be a Electrician is good
     
  10. Feb 24, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    Electrician. I work in an electrical utility and we are so short of power electricians. They estimate a shortage for decades to come.
     
  11. Feb 24, 2009 at 1:20 PM
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    surfsupl

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    HVAC is a good profession. I would recommend either Electrical or Plumbing trades....Plumbing is a little more dirty and sometimes you have to deal w/sewer backups (ie:shit):eek:.....With the economy the way it is their is a big demand for appliance repairmen....Also if you are into auto's,big,big demand for mechanics......good luck to you!
     
  12. Feb 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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    pay is way below industry standard, lol

    40% below, at least thats what my cut was
     
  13. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:41 PM
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    ZonKs

    ZonKs Can speak french in Russian.

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    The Phone Co. They pay more than $30.00/hr. :D

    Actually if im laid off this april, m debating whether or not to go get a degree in Civil Engineering. My mom works at USC and i could get a free Bachelors (third one, lol). I know its not a trade but Engineers are in big demand and earn boookooo bucks.
     
  14. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:48 PM
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    ImpulseRed008

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    You mentioned a trade, but what about something in the health care field?? or EMT? Something different...
     
  15. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:49 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Astronaut.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:50 PM
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    Nah...no job security.....NASA phasing out the shuttle and all :D
     
  17. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:51 PM
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    :eek: WHERE? LOL

    I work for a phone company....we make good money but not $30......take a while to get that much :D
     
  18. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    AT&T Los Angeles. Construction Splicing. We need it out here. Cost of living is horrible.:eek::eek:
     
  19. Feb 24, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    But now they are saying there is too much stuff in space, and they need to go clean it up. So......Maybe a Astrogarbage technician? :confused:
     
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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
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