Its true that not many local service guy's know that there is union representation here in N.C.
Originally Posted by Thermodynamics
UA Local 421 is based out of North Charleston, S.C. and does have local BA's here in North Carolina.
Local 421 is not strong here and there are only a handful of signatory contractors. Last I checked they only pay around $25.00 an hour, and I wonder if they have a national pension plan or retirement fund. I think they do have a training facility somewhere here.
As far as I can see 421 is not aggressive here in N.C. and there maybe some reason to that and most of it is personal dating way back in another time.
The pay scale here is no where near the national average which is somewhere in the the range of $34.00 per hour in addition to benefits. But that's not to say that a seasoned service mechanic can easily make that here. There is one BIG catch though.....you have to know someone to get that kind of money here.
But the truth of it here is that if you are after the money..... you will have to work hard for it here. You can not be doing any kind of residential work and expect to make the National average.
Again I am talking about here N.C. only.
I would like to hear some opinions or facts on N.C. ....so please share
But I am still learning and looking for a new mentor.
In a strict sense troubleshooting is not part of the repair..........understand the symptoms and you will find a solution.
Originally Posted by alcomech
I'm curous; where did you find the $34/hr national average figure and what specialities does that number include? The last Federal numbers I remember was about $52K a year without OT for an HVAC/R tech.
Right out of school here in south Florida I got $17 per hour but I had some install experience before I started schooling. Sell yourself and prove your worth. I know many companies that start guys out of school at 14.50 that's probably more average for down here.
Originally Posted by B.B.
How have things worked out?
So so, not much learning. Doing simple things like brazing and fetching tools, lol.
Originally Posted by Halcyon