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GermanPlumber
GermanPlumber Member Posts: 58
Hi everyone , 

I am thinking about to move back to the US or Canada.  I am in the Heating, Plumbing and HVACR field since 1981 currently working in Europe . How is the job market at the moment ? Would I have any issues to find employment? Would not mind to buy a business either . Thanks for any advice in advance! 

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  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,192
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    You'll easily get "A JOB."  Will the Supply meet your demands?   What City?   Mad Dog 
  • GermanPlumber
    GermanPlumber Member Posts: 58
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    Thanks Mad Dog . I worked for 12 years in the field in the US so I know the market . Really enjoyed working there a lot . Had a great time with customers etc. I don't care about the City too much . My wife , she is American,  might see that different lol. Just want to see what are the possibilities.  Thanks again for your input . 
    MarjPinard
  • Intplm.
    Intplm. Member Posts: 2,035
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    @GermanPlumber
    Im getting job notifications on a weekly and daily basis.
    I put myself out there for jobs to pic and choose from. I am semi-retired. Ive been down sizing for a few years now but can't seem to quit. So, Im sticking with it until I get fed up or can't do it any longer.

    The job market seems better now then Its been in years.

    It, of course depends on your credentials and what part of the country you apply. I think you will find many opportunities.

    You will need certain licenses to be a trades person/contractor in areas of the US that I work.
    That said, if you want to buy a business you, in some instances do not need a trade license.

    Ironic for some to read that but it's true in many areas. Your employees would need to carry a license.

    It will probably be a tough transition adapting to the laws, business practices and the code requirements but the job markets seems to be on your side for now. Things seem good.
    GermanPlumberMarjPinard
  • pecmsg
    pecmsg Member Posts: 4,909
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    They’re or more openings and they’re ar mechanics to fill Them.
    GermanPlumberMarjPinard
  • GGross
    GGross Member Posts: 1,072
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    HVAC and plumbing trades still hiring in northern michigan. Some companies are a bit more picky right now with who they hire as many found enough decent apprentices. Skilled experienced techs should have little trouble getting a job in my area.
    GermanPlumberMarjPinard
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,192
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    I am always looking out for my Friends with mid to large companies to funnell them talent. Very few pan out. Flakiness is the norm today.  Mad Dog 
    LRCCBJ4JohnpipeMarjPinard
  • hot_rod
    hot_rod Member Posts: 22,341
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    Drive through most any city and you’ll often see help wanted signs on the back of service vehicles.
    Many wholesalers have job boards on the wall also.
    Pick the area that you want to work in first, then take a road trip there.
    A resume, pictures of your past work is always a good door opener.
    Bob "hot rod" Rohr
    trainer for Caleffi NA
    Living the hydronic dream
  • GermanPlumber
    GermanPlumber Member Posts: 58
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    Thanks for all your feeback and helpful tips.  
    Mad Dog_2MarjPinard
  • EdTheHeaterMan
    EdTheHeaterMan Member Posts: 8,153
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    Edward Young Retired

    After you make that expensive repair and you still have the same problem, What will you check next?

    PC7060
  • Mustangman
    Mustangman Member Posts: 113
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    I live in the middle of PA. You would have companies fighting over you here. Our High School guidance councelors did a horrible job of sending kids into the trades. Had to have that 4 year degree. We basically havent had enough young kids get in the trades in 30 years. So the labor shortage has driven wages through the roof. I interviewed 2 guys last week with 2 years experience. They were a little misled about their value. I have a test I give on basic heating and cooling applicants. It eliminates the know it alls. Neither one passed and it wasn't a close call. Good luck
    Steve
    MarjPinard
  • GermanPlumber
    GermanPlumber Member Posts: 58
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    Thanks Steve ,

    same issue in Germany . It is tough to get good guys . I see many different reasons why . School system got worst or had to adopt to lesser skilled students . Unfortunately not a lot of my colleagues are eager to teach either . Or are not able too . But on the bight side there are some good ones out there just hard to find . 
    MarjPinard
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,192
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    Mario..your English is outstanding!   Mad Dog 
  • GermanPlumber
    GermanPlumber Member Posts: 58
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    Mad Dog i spent enough time in the US to learn it . In the beginning learning all the technical vocabulary was tough . I spend many hours at Barnes and Nobles and read Books on Plumbing and Refrigeration.  Later I had enough money to actually buy them ,lol. I listened every day to Talk Shows that helped too. I prefer the English language over German because I can speak and understand much more people around the world . 
    If you immigrate on of the keys aspects if you want a professional job is to learn the language of that country.  Also you should get into the history,  customs etc. 

    Mario 


    Mad Dog_2Intplm.MarjPinard
  • The Wire Nut
    The Wire Nut Member Posts: 422
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    "Let me control you"

    Lost in SOHO NYC and Balmy Whites Valley PA
    Mad Dog_2
  • Mad Dog_2
    Mad Dog_2 Member Posts: 7,192
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    Geez..THE WIRE NUT has returned!!!! Yeah...we've all been known to wander in the desert for long spells..ha ha...Supp Alex???

    Isn't one if your boys doing electrical? Mad Dog

    Call & catch up dude.

    516.322.2881