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Maybe he could look for maintenance jobs at a local nursing home? I think they do general stuff, fix the basics, plus he’d probably enjoy being around the residents. Good luck to him, I hope he finds something soon! And you’re so sweet to reach out for ideas, he’s a lucky dad.
Have him look into working the counter at a local supply house. (Electrical, hardware, HVAC)
His industry knowledge will get his foot in the door, and even though it’s a “customer service” job, the customers are all blue collar folks, and are probably people he may already know!
I regularly work at these types of businesses and a LOT of the employees are guys just like your dad.
This almost exactly matches my father-in-law, and he transitioned to a maintenance person for the government. Got a job working for the National Park Service. There is still SOME labor, but not the full days as a general contractor type. Decent pay, way more laid back. Good benefits. I bet he would like it.
Head over to USAjobs.gov and look for government positions that match his skillset in your area. If you find something you think would be promising, it would help to find a federal employee to help with the application process – it can be a pain.
“Engineer” at a hotel. Usually around 14-22 an hour, fixing ovens to punting bathrooms. Maybe spend 6 weeks changing every vanity light bulb. Cush job (sometimes) with decent pay and benefits. It usually has overreaching hr that will bend over backwards to not fire people(depending on company, recommend Marriott, ac hotels, Omni)
there’s an entire side of the construction industry where it’s all paper work and not jack hammering you should be looking into. he has 20 plus years of experience and there is several jobs that are not hard labor in the field of construction he can use that experience to do. i personally can tell you that anything out there requires a secondary degree.. i lost a great desk job because the owner of the company sold out and despite the fact i ran the department myself, they let me go because i had no college degree of any kind.