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  1. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Industrial Maintenance Electrician. Turn up at 8, gone by 4. Earn a bloody fortune compared to mechanical engineers.
    Z-tech is one such firm based down here.
     
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  2. Robbie260 Member

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    Only problem with most industrial maintenance electricians is I can do thier job they cant do mine.
     
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  3. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    Oh yeah. But that’s why it’s better to be one of them. They don’t lift a bloody finger on the Sites I’ve been on and they were paid much better than us lowly spanner monkeys and welders.
     
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  4. winchman

    winchman Member

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    So Jack any more thoughts ideas?
     
  5. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    At the moment I'm discussing with people my parents know and I know who do each job (agricaultrual / plant engineering and maintenance engineering) I am also trying to get a bit more work experience in each job role, however, this is difficult due to covid. So at the moment I'm still at trying to decide. I might be swaying more towards the agricultural engineering. But I'm not sure why. It might be because I've seen that during this pandemic agriculture has carried on as normal, and all these top companies that youd want an apprenticeship with seem to not cope very well. E.g Airbus.

    But I still am not sure. Good bits too both.
     
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  6. Brad93

    Brad93 M J B Engineering

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    There’s many facets to working in agriculture. You can drive for a bit of extra cash in the summer, move over to construction, plant maintenance, hydraulics etc.

    Not a bad game to be in.

    would of liked to do something like that myself, I like to be outside.
     
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  7. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    My neighbour started in agricultural and then moved to HGVs then cranes then concrete pumps and now he fixes these 20200701_212237.jpg 20200701_212217.jpg

    Which look pretty intriguing to me.
     
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  8. vwmark

    vwmark Member

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    Told you that you can do a week with me. Put you off plant maintenance forever.
     
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  9. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    Yeah I know, we will have sort something out when were your allowed to. I'll Come and play in the sawdust and nails.
     
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  10. addjunkie

    addjunkie Member

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    Heres my two peneth.....the next couple of years are going to be tough in the job market for all sectors.

    It is easier to multi skill an eletrical maintenance person to do clanky stuff, than it is to ho tne otherway round.

    If you want to do maintenance, the sparkies dont do a lot, easy money etc, but you need to climb that tree. You dont start at the pinnacle. If your lucky enough to get in on the sparky side, try to get HV training too.

    What ever you study, make sure you finish it, pointless doing half a course, also demonstrates to an employer you csn finish things. Studying marine engineering in either of the naveys is a good broad training, but not always easy to transfere home as most places dont really understand your skill set.

    No heres the old man advice. Look where you would like to end up and work backwards. You will learn many trades have similar skill sets, but the income in different industries varies substantially. Agricultural doesnt pay as well as say petro chemical. Worth asking around.

    No one chooses a job for life now, so for the first decade or so, what you are really doing is aquiring transferable skills to sell to prospective employers.
     
  11. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    My advice, stay away from agriculture. Everything needs to be done yesterday, for 20 quid, with the cheapest possible equipment. You’ll go a lot further with maintenance engineering
     
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  12. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    My idea if I trained in agriculture, would be to diversify into plant.
     
  13. stuvy

    stuvy Member

    Can you not go straight to plant?
     
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  14. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    Would you look at moving? JCB have their own college I believe, might be a good option
     
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  15. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    If I want to go to collage near me the course that best fits plant is the agricultural engineering.
     
  16. Jacktegla

    Jacktegla Member

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    Where I live jcb have s factory 15mins down the road one way and a dealership 10mins the other way. The problem is I know about 3 people who work for them and they've all said they're rubbish to work for. However their is another local firm that does jcb, Massey fergusson and Fent, they're one of the places I'm looking at for work experience and maybe a job. Also most places that have heavy plant just have few people in Van's going round repairing and servicing them so not many take on apprentices, they want you to have a few years experience and they definitely want you to already have qualifications.
     
  17. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    Fixed that for you.....;) :scared:
     
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  18. Tinbasherdan

    Tinbasherdan Bodger in chief

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    There’s plenty of haulage firms that have fitters, get knocking on doors, speaking to bosses
     
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  19. jimbo84 Forum Supporter

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    Started out doing a mercedes apprenticeship, their commercial and heavy stuff, everything from the vito upwards, including anything with a merc engine in so a fair number of mobile cranes and other random heavy stuff, it's surprising what their engines end up in. My back is still knackered years later. It's hard heavy work, rolling around in the snow under wagons/plant gets a bit tiresome or on the hard shoulder with wagons inches from you although a lot of the stuff we used to do on the hard shoulder wouldn't be allowed anymore, it was dodgy back then. Basically there are far easier ways to earn a living.

    There were a couple of guys just off retirement age and looking at them I knew I wanted to be out of that game by the time I was 30 no later, I left at 25 to do an electrical apprenticeship, best thing i ever did and opened a door into the work I do now which is lighting for TV/events.

    Very glad I did the mechanics though, it gives a good basis for absolutely everything you'll ever do later in life, I still have the certificate on the wall of the garage.

    Whatever route you choose finish the qualification you're on but never think you can't change your mind later on and take a different turn.
     
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  20. winchman

    winchman Member

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    What you possibly don't see or hear about in the news is food and Pharma plants are running flat out, many have drastically changed the way they work but still have to run.
     
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