RE: refrigeration and Air conditioning or plumbing?

#1
Which is the better trade?
Who does their trade more often?

Which is better for civilian street?
Job offers/opportunity/wage etc.

Which is more diverse?


Thanks! Sorry for the trouble..
 
#4
In UK if the aircon goes tits up people feel able to take a bit of time and shop around for repairs, if the plumbing goes phuut they are willing to go with the first quote.
 

Joshua Slocum

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#5
Plumbing first and foremost
you get involved in drainage, sewerage, grey water
water heating
gas heating
oil heating
solar heating
sanitary ware
and if you keep you rmind open plenty of other technical stuff allied to the trade
 
#6
Talking from experience? It's a hard decision to make as there is pros and cons to both.

Both pay the same more aless
Can own your own business with Plumbing
Air con you can do abroad (recognised quals)
Air con you don't have to deal with shit filled toilets etc
 

Joshua Slocum

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#8
Air con, means you need to hump some pretty big kit around
plus be aware of legionarres disease
plumbing is a complex and multi functional trade
lots of air con is commercial work
companies often go bust of forget to pay
I run my own company
I do not carry out any commercial work for that reason
 
#10
Presumably there's more demand for plumbers, but also more plumbers to meet the demand. I wouldn't fancy unclogging sewerage pipes at all hours, & I know from a little bit of experience that other aspects of the job can be very frustrating, so I'd go for air conditioning. (But that's just me.)
 

Joshua Slocum

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#11
Are you in plumbing I assume? It's good gaining your knowledge and experience... Thanks!
nope an electrical engineer ( and a rubbish one at that)
but i have a couple of good quality plumbing and heating engineers who work for me and another who is related to me
plenty of rubbish unlicensed or low grade plumbers about
but the good ones are always busy
as far as sewage pipes go, because of safety implications and risks, its better to call in a dedicated drain company
usually my mates only install new stuff, I have unblocked a fair few blocked drains for them
easy work and clean
as long as you wear the correct kit, have the right approach and dont let clients rush you, its easy work, and they love you afterwards and treat you like theri new best friend
 
#12
Are they X Royal engineers? Or civvie?

Just want a trade that can get me a job after and that has good money :).

Thanks for your advice
 

Joshua Slocum

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#14
two of my plumbers are civvie, ex gas board
but my top chap for drainage and sewerage is ex Royal Engineers
never seen him dirty in all the years I have known him
he has a very succesful business and now has about 10 chaps working for him and around 15 specialized vehicles
he is very well respected in our area
after all they are Gentlemen in the Engineers
 
#15
Pretty good going tbh. Good to see X Royal engineers do get jobs at the end of their service as its well deserved!

Thanks I have some serious thinking to do!
 
#18
Plumbing first and foremost
you get involved in drainage, sewerage, grey water
water heating
gas heating
oil heating
solar heating
sanitary ware
and if you keep you rmind open plenty of other technical stuff allied to the trade
Definately plumbing for the Uk.
Plumbers have traditionally earned the most on site.
They do the above stuff, but are also taught:
Basic woodwork
Roofing
Tiling
A bit of bricklaying
Lead work ( a magic art that defines a good plumber :) )
Electrics
And some do a bit of glazing as that was also a traditional plumbers role
 
#19
How gorgeous is this copper roof.
Very few plumbers specialise in roofing, but being taught how to make a lead, copper or zinc roof and even getting a little bit of experience doing that is quite nice.
 
#20
Without being rude to people who work in air conditioning, I thinks it's a no brainer in favour of plumbing. Get your gas certificate and don't look back. Some people have listed the sort of stuff plumbers do. It's a diverse and interesting job with a lot of responsibility.

Whenever I've built an extension or worked on other peoples work, it's always the plumber who holds the job back because they are so busy with a full workload on different sites. Sometimes you have to ring them up and threaten to slaughter their young to get them on your site so you can crack on with the job.
 

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