View Full Version : Lead installer in SC. What would it take?
06-13-2004, 08:30 AM
I hear that most people want to move south, but they always back out for one reason or the other. So I would like input from those that might be interested to work for a good company with a great bunch of guys, primarily new construction, year round work, on the coast in Beaufort, SC. I pay some of the highest wages for the area, with incentives. Lead installers take their vans home, I am very serious about wanting to know, I don't care what a union guy in Chicago makes, it doesn't compare to real world. We do primarily flex type systems and heat pumps. Very little gas. Mild winter, long summers, great fishing, good schools. Let me know what it would take to get you to move. If you want to answer in private go to the contractors section under Sun country cooling, SC. the email address is there.
One of the things would have ot be garunteed year round work. If they could not get that then it would be hard pressed to get some one to seriously consider it. I know when I was contemplating moving to Corpus Christi Texas that one of my big concerns was year round work. Had to have it or it would have made no sense at all to make a move. It is hard to do this but for new construction companies like your self though it does become easier than the normal group.
06-13-2004, 11:17 AM
You are correct that what a Union Mechanic in Chicago earns is of no bearing in South Carolina. But what a Union Mechanic in Local 399, Charleston, (SMWIA) does (low $20's, plus bennies). The salary.com figures for your area show that a mechanic should earn from $19.50 to $24 an hour. Hope that helps.
[Edited by zzonko on 06-13-2004 at 11:21 AM]
06-13-2004, 12:05 PM
My installers pretty much always get their hour year round, they average between $ 20.00 to $ 30.00 an hour and we are non-union.
06-13-2004, 12:22 PM
hvac 45 what do you expect of a lead installer? In new construction does your installer set condenser,install air handler,attach plenum,start system? Or is there other things. I've been installing with existing units.That is removing old system and copper.Running new copper and thermostat wire,new top on platform and sealing the inside of the platform with duct board,set condenser,install air handler and attach to existing plenum, and install thermostat and start up and make sure it's running properly.Remove old equipment and get the check.No helper.
06-13-2004, 01:40 PM
For me "other than being able to get rid of my home"
It would be moving costs.If I could get my "stuff" down there and in an apartment/home.Is all I would need.
Weather you brought a truck up here and got it or Hire a moving company.It would Cost around $2000. Just to get my stuff down there.Not including getting set up in a place for the Familiy.
Alot of ways could be done.Right a contract that if you pay these expenses they have stay for atleast a year.Or you could deduct the Moving cost from the first years salary or something.
But I think thats stops most poeple from making the move is the cost of the move.
Agreed spidy. The cost of getting from point A to point B is the other main obstacle which also includes living arrangements. You may want to get in touch with the local property management / realetors and see if they have anything availible and what their average is. If a potential boss had this info in hand already it too would help out. Nothing scarier than moving to a new place and thinking "ok so where am I supposed to sleep." Hotel rooms add up quick and they may not be able to afford that either along with the other expenses.
When I almost relocated in January the only thing that blew everything out of the water at the last minute was the guy recruiting me left the company and for good reason. The GM was embezling big time and blaming it on technician out put. I called and had an apartment locator going and I was going to move by myself temporarily until I could afford to move my family down. It was going to be a hard strech for a while but the place was beautiful and laid back so I thought it would be worth it.
hvac45, i talked to you a while ago about poss moving and working for you. i will say one of the reasons i didn't was, looking at the map and seeing what else was around in that area, i did not look very serious, because i was not ready at the time but had to consider if i did not like working for you where else could i work, and also work for my wife to be, and just b/c you can find one good job, doesn't mean you will never want to look for or need another one. the place i wanted to leave was kind of limited to oppurtunites. we actually ended up moving south to charlotte, nc. bee here for a few weeks and love it. also lots of oppurtunitys. as far as moving it is hard and expensive. we have no kids, no house, which is at least half the battle. cost about 1200 for truck, got a very good deal. gas for it was over 300, not including driving the cars. also went down for interviews, and find a place to live. min spent just moving was at least 2500.
things you might be able to do to try gettting people would be flying them there, after passing background check phone interview, ect.to see area, over the phone can be hard.
bonuses for staying for a year.
advertise on a monster like place, hvacjobs
make up a brocher on the area and your company for any prospective people.
overall from talking to you and the posts made it sounds like a great place to work, so the location most be the part you might have to try and sell more, and i don't mean just the weather.
good luck i hope you find some good people soon
06-13-2004, 07:48 PM
53 dogs, you are referring to a change out, new construction is basically 2 parts, the rough and the trim. the rough is everything except grills, condenser and stats. I work all my guys the same a lead and an apprentice, once the apprentice gets where he can do it all and run a job he moves up.The lead gets a new trainee. eventually we will have all the trainees moving up and won't have to hire outside the company, except for new apprentices. all management in the company have been promoted from within, I do not hire outside management.
06-13-2004, 07:50 PM
sfry I am glad it worked for you, actually there are lots of companies in our area, we are hotter longer than you are, and we have no snow.
What got me seriously thinking about moving was that I was flown in and a tour around town. Flying out can be expesnive but has to be a tax write off. I was being flown in for just a tech spot but left with a promise of sr. tech replacing the current tech they had. He wasn't much and they didn't have much talent to pick from. Southwest airlines has some really good deals. May not be a route you want to go but offering some sort of relocation package with a contract attached to it some how will help out. Kinda like half up front and the other half in 6months or what ever it would take for you to make your losses back.
hvac45, i said just by looking at a map, i should clarify it was that $4 wallmart whole country one, not great detail, so it looks kind of small, at least to what i was looking for. as far as the weather, we had 150 or so inches last winter, it will seem like nothing in comparison. i'm going to be in myrtle beach in august, how far are you maybe we can meet up and grab a beer.
06-16-2004, 05:26 AM
It is about 2.5 hrs to myrtle beach. We will have to see, sounds good.
06-16-2004, 05:43 PM
For me it would mean moving North, your mild winters may kill me! I have been approached several times about moving. mostly they are one road towns that scare the heck out of me. Hvac I think one of your biggest hang up's for me anyway is, Beaufort. never heard of it until you mentioned it.
good luck finding what you need.
06-16-2004, 08:29 PM
A job in Beaufort, looking for Part Time Help?
I live in Greenville,S.C. Are you a Native of
Beaufort. I lived in Beaufort from 1955 until 1978.
I lived there when there was no Hilton Head, well
maybe a farm or two, Sea Pines. LOL.. I may know you.
It takes me home when I hear of Beaufort. Keep up
the good work.
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