hello to all, i've got a couple of questions that maybe i could get some insight to from the members of this forum. i'm 23 years old and am a 4th year union plumber/pipefitter apprentice out of colorado. by january i should have my stick and tig certificates for unlimited pipe sizes, my colorado state plumbing license by july and my union pipefitters card in a year. my questions stem from the condition of economy we are experiencing. they recently shut down the job site due to lehman brothers financial difficulties and jobs around here are getting slim. although the union has been good to me i am beginning to feel that i may have to start looking in other directions for job security without having to travel all over the country. i have a family and the thought of being away from them just kills me. i guess my main question is what large companies are out there that have a consistent need for fitters/plumbers/welders. i have been told that boeing and lockeed and martin employ a large number of tradesman but can't really validate that. to me my benefits are more important than the pay scale along with location. i'm willing to relocate but i'm looking for job security. just curios as to whether anyone had a heads up of companies where the need of our skills is paramount. any ideas or advice that you can give me would be greatly appreciated. thanks again for your help.
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