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Old 10-18-2016, 07:01 PM   #101
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He says he reports to a supervisor though.
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My old supervisor made >600k/year + bonus + they paid him to fly back and forth from YVR to YEG every week + they have paid for him to stay in a hotel room at the Westin for the last seven years straight. Interestingly, it was only recently that the Westin manager was like "okay, you really don't need to pack your bags every week, you can just keep the room" hahaha

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Lot's of people just don't realize how much money there is in urinal pucks.

On a serious note though, if I could do it all again, I would have went to law school. I would make the world a better place - one divorce at a time.
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So what do you do for a living?
If I remember, based on past posts something to do with oil or some crap like that. The salary as well as the perks seem pretty inline for any construction manager or project manager in the oil sands or heavy industrial projects. I know the construction manager, as well as the two lead mechanical and piping guys on one of the projects I am on make $1000 bucks a day.

It's like oil sands stuff, fly in work 2 or 3 weeks, fly home for a week. Then back to site to do it again. You work anywhere from 11-15 hours a day. There's variations to every site and project depending on travel requirements and what kind of exceptions they negotiate with the ministry of labour.

We're not talking about some magical position either. These are just tradespeople who worked 10-15 years on industrial projects, they became leaders on their sites, superintendents, foremen, etc. Then clients need people with their expertise to help on their projects. If you have a billion dollar capital project, you are willing to pay someone 500k to make sure it goes well.

All of us oil sands guys aren't as stupid as people think, this is specialized stuff we do. We don't just beat steel with a hammer, and walk around site with our knuckles dragging on the ground. When you start an average tradesperson at 45 bucks an hour or more, plus overtime, plus LOA, plus benefits. It's obvious that someone with a lot of expertise in this field is going to quickly start getting into the 1000 bucks a day range.

Anyway Jason will never answer clearly, just make jokes, and dangle emails about his salary in front of all of us peasants.
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damn, sorry, i didn't mean to de-rail this whole thread off from vsb lol.

its just that when you're in a union, they fought hard to get the work conditions to what they are now which is suppose to protect you and benefit you as an employee.

let me get this clear, i am not telling you how to do your job.

but when you do all this that contradicts the union and your employers agreements, you kind of set a tone where now your supervisor/manager may expect this from all their employees. but one thing though, is that you will shine when it comes to a promotion lol.

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just don't let all these unpaid hours to start chewing at you. you need that work/life balance.
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But if work is what makes you happy and defines you, then what?

Plus your family helps out and it becomes a family thing, where they learn how to troubleshoot and help figure things out, learn new skills, etc.......... I've had that happen at one of my jobs and it was a good thing. Even to this day, my kids talk about it. Every situation is different and people deal with shit in different ways.

As for the glass thing, I'd drink all the water, then put the glass in my pocket....... walk through life with big pockets.
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If I remember, based on past posts something to do with oil or some crap like that. The salary as well as the perks seem pretty inline for any construction manager or project manager in the oil sands or heavy industrial projects. I know the construction manager, as well as the two lead mechanical and piping guys on one of the projects I am on make $1000 bucks a day.
I work for one of the major pipeline companies, position is essentially quality manager. I am reasonably well ticketed which comes in very handy with respect to wage negotiations - it doesn't matter if you want to hire me for project management, coordination, inspection, etc. you will pay a rate that is reflective of what I would make as a chief/senior inspector working in the field or you simply won't retain me.

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It's like oil sands stuff, fly in work 2 or 3 weeks, fly home for a week. Then back to site to do it again. You work anywhere from 11-15 hours a day. There's variations to every site and project depending on travel requirements and what kind of exceptions they negotiate with the ministry of labour.
I'm typically in the office Mon-Fri from 7:30am-4:30pm, though I do occasionally have to visit sites to piss on fires, babysit, or to simply bless everyone with my presence - when you are perceived to be a big wheel, the power of optics are remarkable.

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We're not talking about some magical position either. These are just tradespeople who worked 10-15 years on industrial projects, they became leaders on their sites, superintendents, foremen, etc. Then clients need people with their expertise to help on their projects. If you have a billion dollar capital project, you are willing to pay someone 500k to make sure it goes well.
So true, the best people are simply average ordinary people who have had the right exposure. The impact an effective construction manager can have on a 1B project is incredible, the good ones are a bargain @ 500k/year.

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All of us oil sands guys aren't as stupid as people think, this is specialized stuff we do. We don't just beat steel with a hammer, and walk around site with our knuckles dragging on the ground. When you start an average tradesperson at 45 bucks an hour or more, plus overtime, plus LOA, plus benefits. It's obvious that someone with a lot of expertise in this field is going to quickly start getting into the 1000 bucks a day range.
This is exactly it, even as a pipefitter I would make at least $60/hr, considering my ability to contribute I'm a relative bargain @ $100/hr.

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Anyway Jason will never answer clearly, just make jokes, and dangle emails about his salary in front of all of us peasants.
Clear as chalk.

On top of my full time position I am also paid a monthly retainer by an NDE company to be something of a subject matter expert.

Took 10 years to get here, I'm only 32, I still have so much time to completely fuck my life up.

I'm no smarter than the average bear, I work hard, I like the satisfaction of a job well done, and the universe has been rather kind to me with regards to timing and opportunities. I suspect if provided with the same opportunities, most people would have made it just as far as I did, if not farther.

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The Level 2 of this designation alone means that any individual will make $100 an hour, and that would be a bargain. Most people don't go past level 2, because for the most part not necessary, and it's a whole lot harder, and it adds a lot of responsibilities to signing your name on stuff (you can be held much more liable if something goes wrong with your level 3). Not sure if it's true someone told me years ago, there was only a few dozen level 3's in all of Canada.

I did quality work on one project near the beginning of my career, and I've done turnover management on a couple (Shuffling paperwork), while I can see the draw, I can't imagine doing it on a daily basis. I'm much more interested on the control side of projects. Schedules Management, change management, scope management, etc.

I'm a bit of a sadist, I deal specifically with projects that have begun to fail. I had a teacher tell me years ago:

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I didn't understand what he meant at first, until I got hired onto my first fucked up project. I spent the next two years cleaning up that mess, and I probably cut years off my own life in stress.

But I took what he said to heart, and I made a business out of specifically these projects. I hunt for projects that the budget has spiraled out of control, or behind schedule by months, etc. and I make it my business to fix them. Sometimes I am hired by the consultants, sometimes by a contractor, sometimes by the owner directly (best case scenario).

It's fun for me, something new every day, a new hurdle, a new challenge, and generally a new asshole for me to deal with.

So when you see me post negative or cynical posts on here, understand that I spend my days dealing with people who are in generally the worst hole they will be in their lives, and I see people at their very worst day-in-day-out.

@Jason - It's interesting you went from a fitter to a weld inspector. I've seen people make the jump from welder to fitter, and vice versa. And obviously many welders jump to being inspectors. Just never seen someone go from fitting and get their inspection tickets. Unless you are a ticketed welder as well?
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I guess since this has turned into a general employment thread....

What's a good way to figure out your worth? Is it generally acceptable in an office-place to ask others in a similar capacity as you how much they make?
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What's a good way to figure out your worth? Is it generally acceptable in an office-place to ask others in a similar capacity as you how much they make?
The topic of salary is a touchy one with many people. I know for me I usually make a joke of some sort about how I am an unpaid intern, get paid in trident layers, etc.

If you are among friends who discuss that sort of thing, or the conversation is going there, then that's one thing. Otherwise the topic is a little taboo, or at least in my mind.

If you did need to figure it out, I'd recommend seeing a career counselor, or even a placement agency (like Aerotech), they can help you figure out your worth based on skills, industry, experience, etc.

Failing that if you really want to bring the conversation up with someone, take the asking for help route, rather than the I'm a nosey jerk route. AKA strike a conversation about work, and talk about how you saw another opening and the pay seemed a bit better. I think from there you can transition into the topic of money rather easily. You need to make it seem like your asking for their advice, and hope that they open up about it. Just walking up to someone and outright asking them what they get paid, will make you look like a douche.

This is all my opinion, I know others who couldn't care less, and if someone wants to know they will just yell it aloud.
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Took 10 years to get here, I'm only 32, I still have so much time to completely fuck my life up.

I'm no smarter than the average bear, I work hard, I like the satisfaction of a job well done, and the universe has been rather kind to me with regards to timing and opportunities. I suspect if provided with the same opportunities, most people would have made it just as far as I did, if not farther.

Ugh, 9:03AM, late for a meeting lol
This is why even with your narcissistic, crybaby, Chihuahua owning persona, I still think you are a guy I'd love to sit down and have a beer or 10 with. Regardless of your success, unlike so many people in your position, you know you aren't this fucking special specimen of a human. Respect.
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School Board is one of our clients. Let's not even talk about the abuse of the long term disability plan by some district employees, or as we call it "early retirement". It's quite mindblowing if you see the waste behind the scenes.

VSB is definitely having issues right now in terms of budget, their 4 of their trustees have gone on stress leave (disability of course). So that tells you what's going on right now.
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They went on stress leave to delay the deadline for making a decision on which schools they would close (to balance the budeget) so overall they got what they wanted.

They were gonna get fired anyways as they were never going to get a balanced budget.
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The topic of salary is a touchy one with many people. I know for me I usually make a joke of some sort about how I am an unpaid intern, get paid in trident layers, etc.

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Failing that if you really want to bring the conversation up with someone, take the asking for help route, rather than the I'm a nosey jerk route. AKA strike a conversation about work, and talk about how you saw another opening and the pay seemed a bit better. I think from there you can transition into the topic of money rather easily. You need to make it seem like your asking for their advice, and hope that they open up about it. Just walking up to someone and outright asking them what they get paid, will make you look like a douche.

This is all my opinion, I know others who couldn't care less, and if someone wants to know they will just yell it aloud.
This is good advice--as you point out, if you approach it from the "asking for help" or "wanting to learn" route, people will often be more open and helpful.

Or, people often are more open to talk about salary ranges for a particular profession or position.

Alternatively, for the public sector, you can look up information on employees who make 75k or up. Note that in many cases, the number includes how much the benefits are worth, pension contributions, etc., so that it's a total number, rather than just salary.

Public Sector Salaries - Vancouver Sun - Basic Search

You can also search by job titles via the advanced search, but not all roles have the same title--best to try different variations.

This may give you a rough sense of what folks in specific positions can make, though of course the specifics vary, based on experience, sector, etc.

Public Sector Salaries - Vancouver Sun - Advanced Search
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