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Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
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RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months!
(11-23-2013 03:12 PM)scotian Wrote:  
(11-23-2013 10:32 AM)MicTyson Wrote:  
(11-22-2013 01:51 PM)WilliamShatnersEgo Wrote:  I'm an electrician from Alberta. I can confirm this info. My advice (that I wish I would have took from my old man but I thought I was smarter than him) is, if you're young (18-28) get a trade (electrical is great) and devote 10 years of your life to working as much as you can in the oil patch. work all the hours you can get, live in camp as much as you can, save and invest all your money, don't worry about owning a vehicle (rent when you need one) and watch your portfolio. You can retire by 35 if you do it properly with almost $2 million if you do it right.

For the record, electricians make $47/hr industrial rate. If you work 10 hr shifts (pretty standard) on a 14 on/7 off shift, (anything over 8 hours is time and a half, Friday is time and a half, weekends are double time) do the math.

Is it difficult to land an apprenticeship in Alberta? Electrician has actually been my goal for a bit but noone in Ontario will take me on

Don't start an apprecticeship in Ontario if you plan on moving to Alberta, as not all provincial apprenticeship boards will recognize training and hours accumulated in other province. My friends from Nova Scotia have run into this, they worked for months or years in northern Alberta and the NS government wouldn't count the hours, its insane.

Yeah I'm all too familiar with inter provincial apprentice hours. You need a red seal to be able to work Canada wide, if not that 2 years of knowledge and hard work is basically worthless. I'm pretty open to which trade I get into especially after my job here in Ontario is training me as a fitter. I just kind of figured that actually getting indentured would be difficult. In about 2 weeks I'll have enough cash for a new car and I can finally get out of the flatlands.
11-23-2013 07:25 PM
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Risks, opportunities, import/export - OSL - 03-16-2013, 06:58 AM
RE: Working in the Canadian oil sands: 6 figures in 6 months! - MicTyson - 11-23-2013 07:25 PM