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    Question $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    My friend who had 2.5 years experience with UQuest got a job with a Gas company in Connecticut starting at $40/ hr.
    He's with the union, does locates and gas leak surveys. Absolute gravy job.
    He went from 14/hr. with UQ to the utility company.

    Has anyone else heard of $40/ hr. starting pay with some utility companies? Wow.
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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nb22x View Post
    My friend who had 2.5 years experience with UQuest got a job with a Gas company in Connecticut starting at $40/ hr.
    He's with the union, does locates and gas leak surveys. Absolute gravy job.
    He went from 14/hr. with UQ to the utility company.

    Has anyone else heard of $40/ hr. starting pay with some utility companies? Wow.
    Yeah, typically it's whatever the local contract states. Here it's $35.78 an hour for the first year then it bumps up to $38.23 I think it tops out around 40.

    Last time a position opened up like that around here, there were over 300 applicants for two positions

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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    yeah Ive heard of one too....it's called a nurse and you want be locating utilities in the ground ....LOL
    wise men talk because they have something to say and fools because they have to say something....plato

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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    Xcel energy sounds like they start at 25 and bump up something over thirty the first year. They have hired a few senior techs from USIC around here recently. Their locating division is also where the guys close to retirement end up or when they are going to layoff officer workers they give the option to be trained in to locate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Edward View Post
    Xcel energy sounds like they start at 25 and bump up something over thirty the first year. They have hired a few senior techs from USIC around here recently. Their locating division is also where the guys close to retirement end up or when they are going to layoff officer workers they give the option to be trained in to locate.
    they are hiring 3 more locators, in WI and I think MN or IA

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    I noticed you said that gas locating is 'gravy'.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Gas locating, especially for one call, is the absolutely worst utility to be saddled with. It changes materials more often than any other utility, requiring a seperate hook up for each material. Also gas is the most likely to be plastic, which means you MUST have a tracer wire to tone it out. Tracer wire itself has many problems, sometimes it gets cut by rocks in the trench, it corrodes when the sheating breaks, or it may not even exist when the dumb installers don't put it on for whatever reason.

    I also see that you mentioned Connecticut. Well some areas of connecticut that border new york, and the long island sound, are extremely populated with tons of underground gas.

    New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Waterbury, the list goes on. All of those places are highly dense with buildings and will have complex, difficult gas systems. It's a nightmare of a job. With a ton of stress.

    Some of that $40 per hour will go to union dues, as well.

    I know some of the Gas guys around that area. I've heard they don't get to take the company vehicles home with them if they are not also on call. And the locators do not ever take on call emergency shifts, all that is done by the street crew. So you would have to factor in driving your own vehicle to the office every single day. It's not just the gasoline you pay to commute with, you would also have to buy a new car twice as often if you have a personal commute.

    Not to mention that $40 per hour would put you into a very high tax bracket, roughly 30% of your total gross pay would be taken out as taxes. Compare that to about 18% if you make $14 per hour.

    What gas company was this? Connecticut Natural Gas? Southern Connecticut Gas?

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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    Quote Originally Posted by CableAvoidanceTool View Post
    I noticed you said that gas locating is 'gravy'.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. Gas locating, especially for one call, is the absolutely worst utility to be saddled with. It changes materials more often than any other utility, requiring a seperate hook up for each material. Also gas is the most likely to be plastic, which means you MUST have a tracer wire to tone it out. Tracer wire itself has many problems, sometimes it gets cut by rocks in the trench, it corrodes when the sheating breaks, or it may not even exist when the dumb installers don't put it on for whatever reason.

    I also see that you mentioned Connecticut. Well some areas of connecticut that border new york, and the long island sound, are extremely populated with tons of underground gas.

    New Haven, Bridgeport, Stamford, Waterbury, the list goes on. All of those places are highly dense with buildings and will have complex, difficult gas systems. It's a nightmare of a job. With a ton of stress.

    Some of that $40 per hour will go to union dues, as well.

    I know some of the Gas guys around that area. I've heard they don't get to take the company vehicles home with them if they are not also on call. And the locators do not ever take on call emergency shifts, all that is done by the street crew. So you would have to factor in driving your own vehicle to the office every single day. It's not just the gasoline you pay to commute with, you would also have to buy a new car twice as often if you have a personal commute.

    Not to mention that $40 per hour would put you into a very high tax bracket, roughly 30% of your total gross pay would be taken out as taxes. Compare that to about 18% if you make $14 per hour.

    What gas company was this? Connecticut Natural Gas? Southern Connecticut Gas?
    Hey CAT,
    I don't know which company it is.
    Also, I said the job was gravy. Not locating gas. Damn near $80,000/yr.
    I locate gas at my current company. So I know how gas locating is.
    Sure, you have union dues but also very good job security and guaranteed pension/ retirement.
    Beats the hell out of most contract companies. High pay. Less stress. Job security.
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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    The job I applied for in SC is 18/hr doing work for SCDOT
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    "does locates and gas leak surveys. Absolute gravy job."

    You said he did locates, I thought you meant underground utility location locates. I guess you meant gas leak locations.

    I know that Premier does leak locating as a contract service, so it's rare to find a gas company that does that kind of stuff in house I think.

    But that does sound interesting, in house leak locating, goddamn.

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    Default Re: $40/ hr. In-House Locator?

    is this a svc gas co or a pipeline? C A T is right about waterbury at least, thats my area for wires (power phone and cable) and it's a zoo at times. any more info?

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