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Glossary of American Jobsite Slang
slang    
    meaning
"Get jiggie with it"    
    to get some ass into what you are doing
"Get My Money!"    
    quit/drag Up
"How's the pressure"    
    code for checking out that hot chick on jobsite
"The Eagle Lands"    
    payday
Skids    
    work boots
- -     
    - - - -
[Re]pprentice    
    one knowledgeable in too many trades to know the difference in trades lingo; mixes them up;
    forgets that they know...can't remember what color hard hat to where to the job.
13" Bolt    
    good looking woman in area
1900 Box    
    4" square box
2 and a blue    
    lay off slip (blue) and final two paychecks
2 County Boomer    
    traveler who only travels to the two locals adjacent to his home local
2 Streeter    
    useless electrician who knows somebody
20' Daredevil    
    telephone/cable worker
26 Weeker    
    journeyman from the union hall on a 26 week work ticket
4-O    
    4 inch octagon box
411    
    4 11/16" square box
5 Wood or 3 Wood    
    mason term for either a 3 peice or 5 piece crick level
5" Box    
    4 11/16" metal box
90 Day Wonder    
    apprentice carpenter ("don't know shit!")
A.W.O.S.    
    A Waist Of Skin (heard by miners and ironworkers)
Adaired    
    when your ajoining signal maintainer steals your overtime
Aimer    
    truck driver
Alarmist    
    when a worker makes a huge deal out of nothing
Alcohol Stick    
    6 or 8 inch level
Anal Ease    
    anti seeze
Anal Glacoma    
    when you just can't see your ass getting to work
Anti-dog    
    leveling device used while bending offsets in conduit on a large table or cyclone type bender
Apprenticeaurus    
    grey haired apprentice
Arc-starter    
    imaginary aerosol can that you send greenhands after
Ass Gasket    
    toilet seat cover
Assface    
    term used for unindentured (helper) whose name you don't remember
Asshole    
    loop in the wire your trying to pull
Assholes    
    anti shorts for mc cable
Attic Rat    
    HVAC/R's
Aunt Claddy    
    gossip
Babe #1    
    spart-bart
Back Door Bandit    
    person didn't do an apprenticeship
Back Door Mutt    
    non union labor that does what every the boss tell him to do = a company man
Back-booking    
    working out of town while continuing to resign at your own local
Badges    
    hard hat stickers
Balsagna    
    a meal or platter served to a suckass, usually from the foreman
Bam-Bam    
    1-1/2 drive impact gun used by millwrights
Band Aid    
    temporary pipe coupling
Bats    
    Brothers Against Travelling Suckasses
Beamer    
    tie-off point that is portable and affixes to a steel beam
Bear Shit    
    roofing mastic
Beater    
    electrician's flat screw driver that is used for everything (chisel, pry bar, etc.)
Beater    
    4-8-or 20lbs. sledge hammer
Belly Up    
    broke, busted, no money until next paycheck
BFH    
    big f-ing Hammer
BFHD    
    big f-ing hammer drill
BFR    
    big f***ing rock
Big Jigger    
    sawzall
Bird Dog    
    a foreman (or higher up) who stands around or tries to hide and watches you work
Blister    
    someone that shows up when all the hard work is done
Block    
    chain block aka chain fall
Blue Lagoon    
    porta-potty, honey bucket, shitter
Blue Monday    
    20# beater
Blue Room    
    portapotty
Boa    
    brother of apprenticeship
Bogart    
    to borrow someone else's tools
BOHICA    
    "Bend Over...Here It Comes Again!"(When the company screws you or when the union comes back
    from the bargaining table with a shitty contract.)
Boiler Dog    
    someone who works during spring & fall outages in the powerhouse boilers
Boiler God    
    prima-donna; a boiler dog who wants preferential treatment
Bone Pile    
    conduit that has been wasted
Book Buyer    
    someone who doesn't go through an apprenticeship
Boom Out    
    work out of town
Boomer    
    traveler
Boomhand    
    sideboom operator
Boot    
    shitty bricklayer
Booty    
    $$ from scrapped copper
Bore Whore    
    person who travels with directional drilling crews
Bosshole    
    foreman
Bottle Flu    
    when someone misses work because of a hangover
Boy Butter    
    lubricant for grooved pipe fittings and gaskets
Boy Butter    
    never-seez tread lube
Brain Bucket    
    hard hat
Brain Condom    
    hardhat
Brain Saver    
    hard hat
Brickie    
    bricklayer
Bridge Hat    
    brown wide brim hardhat
Brother F*#ker    
    shoppie/foreman that does not stand for the CBA
Bubble    
    torpedo level
Bubble In Your Ass    
    bulldozer operator's ability to run grade
Bubble Stick    
    any type of level (usually a torpedo level)
Bubble-o-meter    
    torpedo level or other larger levels
Bucket of Ohms    
    something to tell your apprentice to get you (WARNING: smart ones just might come back
    with a 5 gallon mud bucket filled with 2 hole conduit straps! LOL)
Bug    
    IBEW logo
Bull Prick    
    spud wrench
Bulldogs    
    tinsnips for cutting heavy guage metal
Bullets    
    screws
Busted Out    
    failed a job site weld test
Buster Brown    
    UPS driver
Button Punch    
    used by tinners to fasten standing seam roof panels
Buy-In    
    someone who did not go through the apprenticeship and bought their union book
C**t Hair    
    tiny bit off its mark
Cacasucka    
    truck that sucks shit out of the portopotty
Canadian Plywood    
    drywall
Captain    
    railroad conductor
Captain Cord Cap    
    safety professional
Carpenturd    
    carpenter
Carpitrician    
    carpenter trying to do electrical work
Cat's Ass    
    something extremely good
Cat's Paw    
    small nail puller
Cedar Monkey    
    Lineman
Cedar Tick    
    lineman
Channies    
    channel lock pliers
Charlie Card    
    someone who bought their card and did not serve an apprenticeship-usually a hack and always a suckass
Cheater    
    large pipe slipped over the handle of a wrench used for leverage on a stubborn pipe or bolt.
Cheese Eater    
    aka rat
Cheeze Wench    
    wife smiling at you on payday
Chicken Band    
    zip tie
Chicken Dick    
    pickle fork shaped pry bar used to hold rebar in place until tied
Chimes of Ignorance    
    clanging of spud wrenches when an ironhead walks
Chinamart    
    Walmart
Chinese Sparkler    
    6010 welding rod
Cocknil    
    master electrician who works on a job that doesn't recognize/pay extra for the credentials
Come Spring    
    when the next job starts
Coolers    
    a type of nail
Corn Dog    
    small pneumatic chisel
Cowboys    
    adjustable, quick release C-clamps, usually means a pair
Crane Greaser    
    hot chick that works in the trades - gets the crane to move
Crapper    
    general contractor's trailer/office
Crescent Hammer    
    crescent wrench being used as a hammer
CUB    
    new apprentice "Completely Useless Bastard"
Curved Washer    
    good looking woman hanging around
Cushioning    
    throwing ass gaskets, toilet paper and other debris into the shitter to avoid smurf kisses
Cuz    
    Brother Ironworker
Dart    
    cigarette
Data Dawg    
    installer of network cabling
Dead-nuts    
    achieving a high level of accuracy in measurement
Deck Butts    
    when your pack of cigarettes get smashed
Dick Greaser    
    a equipment greaser
Dickin' the Dog    
    slow walking your foreman
Dikes    
    diagonal cutting pliers
DILLIGAF    
    "Do I look like I give a f**k?"
Dime Piece    
    woman that's a "10"
Dinner Bucket    
    lunch pail
Dirt Wrench    
    a broom
Ditch Banger    
    pipeline worker
Ditch Witch    
    mechanical trench digger
Dog Guard    
    toilet paper put down on front of toilet seat so your junk dont touch anything nasty
Dog Leg    
    when one of the two bends in an offset are not in line with each other
Dogs (1)    
    hand made brackets tacked to pipe to align a joint to be welded
Dogs (2)    
    channel locks
Donkey Dick    
    scaffold frame connector
Dookie    
    lunch bucket
Double Booker    
    a person who works in someone else's local, but is still on another local's books.
Double Jack    
    sledge hammer with a cut down handle usually used for laying rail In a tunnel
Drag    
    quitting a union job
Drag up    
    quit or ask to get closer to home or a better job
Drag Up Dust    
    the first snow of the year
Drag-up Drops    
    sweat
Dragin Fever    
    wanting to quit a job.
Drawings    
    blueprints
Drippy    
    so young you barely made it out of the old mans loins..
Dug Grant    
    wormy worker who chastises others for standing up to the man
Dunage    
    blocks of wood
Dutchman    
    temporary support
Eagle Shits Today    
    payday
Eighty Eight    
    what you yell out when the safety man is approaching
Fart-fan    
    bathroom exhaust fan
Fergie    
    scrape material $$$
Fiber Jockey    
    telecom tech
Finch    
    one foot extention cord
Fire Wrench    
    oxy-acetylene torch
First Year J-man    
    second most dangerous person on a job next to a first year appretice thinks
    he/she knows EVERYTHING
Fitwright    
    millwright doing fitters work
Flabster    
    operator who trys doing finisher laborer and teamster work
Flaggers    
    work boots made in USA showing the American flag on them
Flange-head    
    steamfitter
Flat Head    
    lineman electrician
Flex Bender    
    imaginary object, flex doesn't need a bender, thus the name flex
Flip Flop    
    hypocrite journeyman who acts like one of the guys until he makes foreman than he's a company man
Float    
    flatbed trailer
FLUBS    
    f*#ing lazy union bastards
FM    
    f*#ing Magic (when you fixed an electrical problem but you don't know what you did or how you did it!)
FNG    
    the f-ing new guy
Fools Blood    
    sweat
Foreman Kit    
    knee pads
Foreman-itis    
    condition of acting like a boss when you are not
Foremans Helper    
    two door front opening job box
Foreskin    
    foreman
Foreskin    
    foreman
Forks    
    another word for grad-all
FOT    
    f-ing out of towners
FOT    
    found on train
Foursquare    
    common 4" x 4" junction box
Fox and Hound    
    electrical toner
French Broom    
    sheetrock square
French Fry    
    apprentice electrician who forgets to ground himself first day
Frog    
    f-ing ratty organized guy
Frog    
    formerly a rat organized guy
Frog Eyes    
    two light emergency pack
From-To    
    any type of adapter to connect two different items together.
FTD    
    f***king the dog - screwing over the boss
Fubar    
    "when something can't be fixed its F-ed Up Beyond All Repair"
Funny Papers    
    blueprints or a resemblance to some sort of plan
FYI    
    f*#k you idiot
Gaffer    
    job foreman
Gaggin Wagon    
    lunch truck
Gang Box    
    lockable box used to store company and/or personal tools
Garbage Truck    
    the roach coach
Gas Axe    
    cutting torch
Gear Jammer    
    truck driver
Gem Box    
    2 x 3 device box
Get-er-done    
    watch while I f#*k this up!
GF    
    usually means general foreman; in this case it means general f#%k stick
Glass Stomach    
    so you can see when you have your head up your ass
Glorified Fence Builder    
    Lineman
Go Arounder    
    screw gun
Golden Arm    
    welder who thinks he is the best
Golden Arm    
    premadonna welder; usually a pipefitter
Goon Spoon    
    shovel
Gopher    
    no good for anything but fetching
Gowies    
    channel locks
Grand Pappy Cable    
    larger multi conductor feeder cable
Greek Tragedy    
    when nothing on a job seems to go right
Green    
    early for lunch, knocking off
Green (Horn)    
    person that is inexperienced
Ground Pounder    
    railroad conductor
Grunt    
    line groundsman
Gunner    
    short piece of pipe used for measuring
Gut Truck    
    food truck
Gut Wagon    
    food truck guy that comes at break and lunch
Gypsy    
    non-union travelling tradesmen
Hack    
    some one who thinks he's good at his trade, but IS NOT
Hacksaw    
    way of pointing out a good looking woman without being obvious
Hag    
    foreman that's always on your case - for no reason
Half-a-Fitter    
    HVAC technician
Half-watt     
    low voltage/communications technician
Hall Dog    
    slow, no skills, off the list worker; usually rides the list until big jobs come up
Hall Rats    
    workers who work exclusively out of the union hall
Hall Trash    
    good union member (opposite of a shoppie)
Hammer Mechanic    
    sheetmetal worker with no finesse
Hand Shoes    
    leather gloves
Hand Socks    
    gloves
Hard Head    
    lag bolt
Hardware Store    
    bar
Hatchet Knot    
    poorly tied knot that can only be untied using a hatchet
Hatepaign    
    A campaign of hate against a small crew with perks
Haybag    
    woman you're shacking up with
Headache Box    
    type of gang box with an upper door that is supported above your head
Heat Wrench    
    blow torch
Heated Up    
    energizing equipment
Height Adjuster    
    step ladder/extension ladder
Hell Dog    
    large pneumatic chisel
Henway    
    imaginary tool you send your greenhand after
Hershey Factory    
    job johnnie
Hoe Hand    
    overweight operator
Hoehand    
    excavator operator
Hog In The Corn    
    boss in area
Hoghead    
    locomotive engineer
Honey Bucket    
    porta potty
Honey Sucker    
    person who cleans port-a-potties
Hootnanie    
    flyable porta potty
HorseCock    
    water tight conduit
Hot Box (1)    
    PVC conduit bender
Hot Box (2)    
    box built with lightbulbs used to heat meals over several hours
Hot Rail    
    warns track workers that a train is coming
House Roper    
    electrician who is only good at residential work
Hurdy Gurdy    
    pipe cutting/beveling tool
ID-10T Rod    
    ID IOT (test to see if your foreman knows what he's doing)
Idiot Stick    
    non-contact voltage tester
Iron Hump    
    ironworker; a term normally used by tinknockers
Irondog    
    rodbuster
Ironhead    
    ironworker
Irontermite    
    carpenter wannabe ironworker
Itchy    
    insulator
J J    
    junior journeyman ...someone with less than three years in the field as a journeyman
JAFA    
    just another fing apprentice
Jag    
    undefined amount or quantity that everyone knows how much it is
Jaggoff    
    idiot
Jedi-Apprenti    
    apprentice in training
Jesus Slippers    
    knee pads
Jitter Bug    
    needle gun
Joe    
    village (jobsite) idiot
Joed Up    
    to screw up something or somthing being fabricated wrong
Johnson Bar    
    used for leverage to lift and move heavy equipment
Juice    
    electrical current
Jumping the Book    
    someone who bypasses the referral system and goes in front of other members
Kid    
    apprentice
Kitten    
    woman on the jobsite
Klien's    
    lineman's pliers
Knock Wrench    
    wrench made to be hit with a hammer
Knot Wrench    
    knife
L.R.T.    
    little red thing (anti-short) for mc cable
Laborer    
    person who thinks he is an electrician, carpenter, plumber, iron worker or tin knocker
Labrador    
    laborer
Lagger    
    insulator
Lagger    
    sheetmetal worker who covers large storage tanks
Last Supper    
    when the boss/shop buys lunch for the crew = layoff's are coming.
Lay Off Dust    
    Chico sealing compound
Leaveitright    
    "It's all good!" (Leave it right where it is.)
Left-handed Pipewrench    
    worthless apprentice
Lemon    
    railroad worker term who is a useless worker
Lever B    
    heavy equipment operator advice to other trades trying to run equipment
Lever Puller    
    heavy equipment operator
Liberal Scumbag    
    union organizer (ouch!)
Linesmans    
    9" side cutting pliers
Liquid Wheels    
    Sent an apprentice to get a bucket of liquid wheels while your in the middle of moving switch gear
Little Jigger    
    jig saw
Loafer    
    person who does nothing all day
Low Hy    
    7018 welding wire (low hydrogen)
Lucky    
    electrician
Lum    
    person that is useless and lazy on a project.
Lum Foot    
    your partners foot when used to hold something down or in place until you can tie it or weld it.
Lumberg    
    guy that walks around with a cup of coffee and does nothing all day
Lung Condom    
    Respirator
M-Dog    
    back door electrician that did not go through the apprenticeship
Magnetass    
    railroad worker term of a worker who sits on their ass
Marsupial Boots    
    metatarsal boots
Martini    
    newbie ironworker's first on-the-job balancing act; looks drunk
Matterdaddy    
    tell your greenhorn apprentice to get one. He'll say "what's a matterdaddy?" Nothin sonny.
Meat Mallets    
    using your hands to beat on something rather than a hammer
Millbilly    
    millwright
Millrats    
    many millwrights
Millwrong    
    unskilled millwright
Molten Metal Mechanic    
    welder
Monday Morning Screwdriver    
    common head screwdriver used to hold a screw firmly to the tip
Money Makers    
    linemans Hooks
Mongo    
    scrap copper
Monkey on a stick    
    a friction jack used in fencing and in the automotive collision repair trade
Monkey Shit (1)    
    liquid nails adhesive
Monkey Shit (2)    
    putty used to seal electrical pipe/fittings
Muck-box    
    train car designated for removing muck, or earth from a mine or tunnel
Muck-stick    
    shovel
Muckers    
    laborers on a concrete crew
Mucket    
    pipefitter fab bench
Mud Puppies    
    carpenters and laborers on a footing crew
Mud Wrench    
    shovel
Mutt    
    man with no backbone, does whatever the company wants; company man
Muttflex    
    flexible non metallic tubing
Muttmaster    
    foreman that came in backdoor
Nagger    
    jobsite security metal detector
Nail Bender    
    carpenter; a term normally used by ironworkers
Narrowback    
    inside wireman
Needle Scaler    
    needle gun
Never Sneeze    
    Anti-Sieze
New York    
    to overtighten bolts, able clamps, screws, etc.
NFG    
    no f**king good
Nipple    
    short piece of conduit (24" or less)
No Dog    
    a small level device used by electricians to bend offsets correctly
Non-skid    
    toilette paper
Noon Balloon    
    leaving early; catching a ride on the "noon balloon".
Nooner (1)    
    to get paid double time to work through lunch
Nooner (2)    
    going out for lunch and not coming back
Nose    
    the end of a wire pushed through conduit
Nose Bag    
    lunch box
Nuclear Hold    
    an all stop condition at a nuclear power plant when plans change or project put on hold
Numbnuts    
    ironworker
Nutsy    
    jobsite goofball
OE    
    operating engineer
Old-Timer    
    grey haired and outta their time since way-back-when
One Way    
    only thinks of himself
Opie    
    operating engineer (newbie)
OTM    
    "On The Money" measurement; perfect
Out of your time    
    finished your apprenticeship
Outage    
    when a power plant goes out of service for maintenance, or(nuke)refueling
Pack Sand    
    shutup and stick it up your butt and pack sand around it
PacPac    
    cordeless impact driver
Pecker Tong Protectors    
    leather gloves
Pecker-head    
    junction box on a motor where the leads are
Persuader    
    hammer
Peter Length    
    6-12 inches away "we are just a peter length short"
PFM    
    pure f**king magic
PH Operator    
    pine-handle operator
Phase Conductor    
    something you send your first year apprentice to look for - knowing it will never be found
Phone Booth    
    port-o-potty on a no-phone allowed job
Pickpocket    
    the guy who always borrows money for the lunch truck
Pie Knife    
    large gauge wire cutter or lopper
Pimp    
    person who gets misc. for welders
Pineapple    
    well-meaning but useless co-worker
Pink Ticket    
    SMWIA union dues receipt
Pipe Dope    
    thread lube/sealing compound (Gasoila)
Pipe Liar    
    bad pipelayer
Pipe Soap    
    lubricant used to pulled wire through conduit
Pipe Stretcher    
    imaginary object that you make the 1st year appr. spend 8 hours looking for
    on his first day on the job.
Pipefighter    
    pipefitter
Pipestein    
    pipefitter know it all
Pipestein    
    know it all pipefitter
Piss Ditch    
    the invert or bottom of the tunnel
Piss Pot    
    brown wide brim hard hat (a 'bridge' hat)
Piss Test    
    drug test
Pita    
    pain in the ass
Plablem    
    problems on a PLA (project labor agreement) job
Plitter    
    plumber that comes a jobsite to do fitter work
Plumb Stick    
    level
Plunger    
    plumber
Pocket Rocket    
    pocket level/torpedo level
Pogo Stick    
    jack hammer
Polish a turd    
    make shitty work look good
Pookey    
    duct sealant
Potato Wrench    
    spud wrench
Pressure Check    
    callout for everyone to check out the hot chick on job
Promotion Pads    
    knee pads
Puddlers    
    laborers shoveling/moving concrete
Pull The Pin    
    quit/drag Up
Pull the Pin    
    retire
Pump Pliers    
    channellock pliers - 440s 460s 480s, etc.
Punk    
    apprentice ironworker
Punkin    
    new apprentice
Pup (1)    
    young apprentice
Pup (2)    
    short piece of pipe
Puppy Dick    
    medium voltage cable insulation
Purple Wire Nuts    
    management or safety people
Purse    
    hammer
Pusher    
    acts like a foreman to keep guys working, also a suckass
Quarter Labor    
    worthless labor that's only a quarter of a good one
Queen    
    someone left in charge when the Foreman has to leave early or is going to take a few days off
Rabbit    
    scrap copper wire
Rabbit Gun    
    large gauge wire cutters/loppers
Ram-rod    
    1) n: same as pusher 2) v: to forcibly push a job forward, often wrecklessly
Rammy    
    to be in a hurry and rush things, which usually leads to errors and mistakes
Ranger    
    shop rocket/suck pump
Rat    
    non-union on union jobsite
Rat-mart    
    another name for wal-mart
Ratbastard    
    Ironworkers
Ratchet Jaw    
    someone who wont shut up
Rattle Gun    
    impact wrench
Ratty    
    work that's done shitty; looks like crap; no craftsmanship, as if a non union RAT did it
Reach Around    
    a wrap for large pipe
Red Rodding    
    downhilling a pipe weld with 5P welding rod
Redass    
    someone angered to the point that production is severely slowed
Reds    
    a pair of Red Wing boots
Referdick    
    refrigeration mechanic
Rembrandt    
    painter
Rights and Lefts    
    separate tinsnips - one cuts to the right and the other to the left
Ringer    
    working a full week.
River Bend    
    messed up bend on a piece of tubing that gets thrown in the river to hide the evidence
Roach Coach    
    coffee/lunch truck
Roach Coach    
    food truck
Road Trash    
    working out of town in another local, or a traveler
Rob Roy (1)    
    type of feeder cable, typically used in industrial applications
Rob Roy (2)    
    PVC coated rigid conduit
Rock Smoother    
    cement mason
Rocker    
    drywall installer
Rodburner    
    someone who is trying to weld but it aint happening
Rodbuster    
    ironworker who works in the rebar trade
Roll of Screws    
    HVAC installer term for duct tape
Roll Up    
    time to go, end of work for the day
Root Ranger    
    weld inspector
Rope    
    romex
Rug Burner    
    new guy who kisses up to foreman/contractor
Run    
    to operate heavy equipment proficently, safely and productively
Runner    
    person who rushes through a job right for the unemployment line/union hall.
    ("No running allowed"-is my motto)
Sac Tick    
    apprentice
SAG    
    stumble around guy [they dont accomplish anything]
Sally    
    crybaby apprentice
San Francisco Slippers    
    knee pads
Sand Hog    
    tunnel worker
Sara Lee    
    person who loafs around for full 8 hour shift
Scab (1)    
    union worker who crosses a picket line
Scab (2)    
    non-union worker on a union job
Scaff Dawg    
    acomplished scaffold erector
Scaffoleer    
    Carpenter
Scarlet Rectumitis    
    a case of the red ass
Schwenked    
    getting laid off out of turn (usually after calling out a shoppie or a suckass for being a worm)
Scissordicks    
    communications worker (aka sparky)
Scumbags    
    what all trades call carpenters
Scumbuckets    
    what all carpenters call all the other trades
Security Guard    
    worker that stands around with his/her arms crossed looking at everybody else working
Serve    
    when someone attaches cables to rope to be pulled in conduit
Shanty    
    where we eat lunch and get dressed
Shit box    
    porta-potty
Shit Chaser    
    Plumber
Shit Fitter    
    plumber
Shit Pit    
    another term for the sewage ejector in a building
Shit Sauna    
    porta potty in the summer sun
Shit The Bed    
    when a device or other object has stopped working
Shit Tickets    
    toilet paper
Shitshow    
    job gone bad
Sho-Fly    
    pipeline access road
Shoe Shine Boy    
    person who sucks up to the Man
Shooter    
    ramset gun
Shop Cat    
    a steady Eddie, the guy whos been with the shop so long hes never seen the hall
Shop Flop    
    someone who works in the fab shop that could make it in the field
Shop Rocket    
    a person who busts there ass for the shop and gets jobs done quickly (a hero more or less)
Shop Rockets    
    person who tries to make the contractor money so they continue to get work
Shop Stupid    
    shop steward
Shoppie    
    union worker who works for the same contractor all the time
Shoppie Shoes    
    knee pads
Side Cutters    
    lineman's pliers
Sidewinder    
    type of electronically controlled conduit bender
Single Jack    
    8 lb sledge hammer
SIWAC    
    "say it with a check!"
Six Inch Reach-around    
    imaginary tools that you send a first year looking for
Skid Lid    
    hard hat
Skillethead    
    ironworker
Sky Hook    
    same thing as a pipe stretcher
Slam Artist    
    electrician who does quality work, but its not pleasing to the eye
Sledge    
    ironworker's tape measure
Sliver Picker    
    carpenter
Slug    
    slow/useless worker
Slurpee    
    useless apprentice
Smoke Test    
    first time new equipment is heated up
Smoke Wrench    
    cutting torch
Smurf Kiss    
    when the blue water in the porta-potty splashes your ass
SNAFU    
    situation normal all f**cked up
Sofa King    
    so f@#king good at what you do
Sooner    
    plan on leaving at lunch/noon or sooner usually day before a holiday weekend
Sorepeter    
    another name for a torpedo level
Spanky    
    electrician
Sparkfitter    
    electrician running conduit
Sparkler    
    welder
Sparky    
    electrician
Steady    
    Union worker who works for the same contractor all the time
Steel Monkey    
    ironworker - usually connector
Steering Wheel Holder    
    stupid truck driver
Step Overs    
    C clamp vise grips
Stew    
    shop steward
Stew Magoo    
    shop steward that doesn't see anything wrong
Stir The Pot    
    to instigate
Store Bought    
    organized member who didn't serve apprenticeship
Story Pole    
    a piece of pipe, wood, or conduit with markings on it used when making the same measurement
    over and over ex. Laying out hangers
Straw Boss    
    wanna-a-be foreman; someone working with their tools who thinks they are the boss
Stump Jumper    
    lineman
Suck Ass    
    union worker who never turns down overtime
Suck Pump    
    shop rocket
Suggestion Sheet    
    blueprint (usually followed by FUBAR)
Super Tramp    
    wireman that travels his entire career
Swag Method    
    Scientific Wild Ass Guess
Swamp Ass    
    when your sweat/juice all runs down into your pants and underwear...that's having swamp ass
Swamper    
    pipeline laborer
Swingin Dick    
    project manager or general contractor (a suit)
Tampon    
    plug used to prevent apprentices from dropping shit down boiler tubes being prepped
Tank Shoe    
    metatarsal boots
Taper    
    the person taping sheetrock joints
Taponya    
    "Do you have any tape on you?"
Tardis    
    porta-potty (UK version of blue lagoon)
Teletubby    
    telecommunictions/data worker
Termite    
    carpenter
Testicle Breath    
    apprentice
The Skipper    
    job foreman
Thingem    
    anything that you don't know the name for
Three Wire Monkey    
    lineman on a pole
Throttle Jockey    
    locomotive engineer
Tic Tracer    
    voltage tester
Ticket Jammer    
    a person who's a traveller, trying to become a book-one member in a local that is not his home local
Tickle Tester    
    rookie electrician getting zapped multiple times
Tiger    
    women foreman on the jobsite
TILAM    
    "Take It Like A Man!" (Used after getting screwed by the company or the union.)
Time    
    overtime
Time Machine    
    porta potty
Tinknocker    
    sheetmetal worker
Tinners    
    sheet metal workers
Toad    
    trade member that does the work of another trade and doesn't care
Token    
    The only Mexican that can speak English that works as a translator for the jobsite.
Tonka Jock    
    crane operator
Tool Bag    
    what you say to your tool buddy when your guys are jaggin with each other or worthless person
Top Commie    
    union president
Topped Out    
    finished your apprenticeship
Topper    
    top floor ironworker (anything over 20 floors)
Topping Out    
    when the ironworkers connect the last beam of a building
Topping-out Party    
    finishing a brick/block wall
Touchin' Cotton    
    gotta take a dump as soon as possible
Track Donkey    
    railroad track department employee
Tractor Ass    
    laborer who won't leave the lull
Trailer    
    an exstension cord
Travel Trash    
    out of town workers - "travelers"
Triple Nickel    
    Greenlee 555 conduit bender
Trophy Rack    
    junk pile of trashed conduit that was bent wrong
Tug-boats    
    madison hangers
Tulsa Cutter    
    Mathey Dearman hand crank pipe beveler
Turd Chaser    
    plumber/pipefitter
Turd Herder    
    plumber
Turtle    
    mobile cart used to pull spools of BX from
Turtle    
    trade newbie
Up and Down Wrench    
    hammer
V-Back    
    lineman (all muscle, nothin' on top)
Vermetti    
    jack for hoisting large ductwork
Walk of Shame    
    when company fires a manager and escorts him to the parking lot
Wannabe    
    tele/data tech term for inside wireman
Weasel Piss    
    WD 40
Weed Weasel    
    railroad official
West Pointer    
    electrician that has gone through the apprenticeship
Westcott    
    adjustable wrench
Whip    
    welding term for the electrode holder
Whiskey Stick    
    4' level
Whistle Bit    
    to loose track of time and work into or through break or quitting time
Whistle Dick    
    WD-40
White Leg    
    carpenter
White Paper    
    tradesman working for a union shop who is not a union member
White paper    
    non-union worker paying dues to work on union job
Whitney    
    hand held punch used by sheetmetal workers
Whiz Quiz    
    drug test
Widow Maker    
    no contact voltage tester (tic tracer)
Wiggly    
    flex (flexible metal conduit)
Wiggy    
    voltage tester
Windshield    
    safety glasses
Wing Nut    
    jobsite foreman
Wire Nut    
    electrician
Wire Shinner    
    electrician
Wire Tree    
    upright cart used to hold wire reels in place while pulling the wire off of them
Wire Twister    
    Inside Wireman
Wobble    
    to cause enough of the workforce to quit the job bringing the project to a standstill
Wobblelater    
    impact universal joint
Wobbler    
    universal impact attachment
Wood Butcher    
    carpenter
Wood Tick    
    carpenter
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