What would you do?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by brownieworker, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. brownieworker

    brownieworker New Member

    I have been an unloader for 6 years at UPS. I am now going through the process to be a mechanic which they said is in a different local. I would lose my senority. Do I wait another 5 years to see a driving job? Or do I chance it on more money and poopy hours? Is anybody a mechanic out there for UPS? Would it be a good move in your opinion?
  2. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    I would take the job.
  3. chestermechanic

    chestermechanic New Member

    wait for drivers job you will make more money in the long run and not work nights forever
  4. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    But don't the mechanics have a hugely better pension than drivers?

    Something to consider...
  5. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    Yea plus you can learn more about being a mechanic and have something to fall back on.
  6. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Your decision but if you become a mechanic, you will have transportable skills that can give you flexibility in the choices you can make 10, 15, 20, 25 years from now. Whatever the difference in pay, it is negligible and from someone who is further on down the road - money ain't everything.
    Everyone at UPS gets pressure put on them but my observation is that a driver has to deal with a lot more stress and BS than a mechanic.
  7. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

  8. trplnkl

    trplnkl 555

    Good post Hoax.

    One of our mechanics put in a small repair shop at his home and worked a few hours a day after clocking out at UPS. His business began to grow, he later moved the shop to a commercial area and hired another mech to help. When he retires from UPS he already has an established business to fill the gap between retirement pay and what he wants as an income as well as extra income now.
  9. Old International

    Old International Now driving a Sterling

    Mechanics make the same as drivers(top rate), and god forbid UPS ever closes house, you have something to fall back on.
  10. PE Pro

    PE Pro Member

    I don't know of any UPS auto mechanics that would want to be package car drivers. If you go to auto at least you may eventually get a day job. Most package car drivers never get decent hours. At least in my area. Would you be going from the Teamsters to the Machinists?
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Make sure you can write the following two phrases:

    Parts On Order

    OK to Run
  12. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Scheduled for repair
  13. FracusBrown

    FracusBrown Ponies and Planes

    There probably no gap in retirement pay. Machinists retirement is usually more than they make working. Having some additional income through the business is a still a good thing. It's kind of sad that most teamsters retirement is far less, even though the contribution rate is about the same.
  14. FracusBrown

    FracusBrown Ponies and Planes

    Hmmm. All package drivers work during the day. Almost all auto mechanics work at night.
  15. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    Mechanics make more per hour than a mechanic. But the down/up side is that there is minimal overtime in being a mechanic. You work 8 and go home, unless you get an road call.
  16. Baba gounj

    Baba gounj pensioner

    Same here, no ot for anybody but drivers
  17. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    Become a Nurse!
  18. tieguy

    tieguy Banned

    skilled full time job versus part time package handling job?
  19. UnsurePost

    UnsurePost making the unreadable unreadabler

    Up here you'd be making much more as combo air/inside. I'm making larger checks WITH the combo wage paycut than before, because of 4-5 hours OT a week.
  20. upssup

    upssup New Member

    The hours would be the worst part. I was a machinist mechanic at a hub and I had to work nights and would have for at least the next ten years! If you are going to be a teamster mechanic it is more than likely going to be the same scenario, in fact most of the Teamster mechanics after about 5 to 6 years wind up bidding a Driving job.