I don't suggest getting a first job with a direct company. Go through a temp agency like Aerotek. If the company doesn't want a permanent employee they wont pay the money to use a staffing agency. If they try to can you for a really bad reason the staffing company wont work with them anymore. It allows you to get a job and if you don't like the company you can go to Aerotek and find another company while staying with the same company.
Politics are everywhere it's just a fact of life. I hired on a company and lasted one day after relocating to New Orleans over three years ago. I had a job at the time but wanted to get back into HVAC. I was doing an install with three other guys, two of whom were already there a few months and another who was a buddy of the youger one. Well the young guy shuts the attic door on my face cutting my eye as I was getting ready to climb up the latter, OUCH, no big deal just a little blood, I keep on working. Then the guy starts taking the electric supply apart without shutting off the power arcing 240 to ground, then knoocks some lights out of the ceiling, all the while treating me like I am some kind of idiot, and treating his buddy like gold. Next day boss says I hear you were having some problems int he attic-- And you cut your eye I dont think you are very experienced we don't need you anymore!!!!!
What???? So I started on my own and have only fallen through one ceiling in my career, not braging, when the whole ceiling collapsed under my wight from a faulty repair on the ceiling studs. Anyways my point is just hang in there people will always try to hold you down. It is up to us to strive for success.
I'm in the controls side of the business and sometimes we hire guys with no real idea what we're doing. It's not rocket science, and I have no problem trying to help people understand, but when I've told you everything I'm asking of you five times it gets disconcerting. When you tell me you "don't want to do ______." I'm instantly done with you, go home.
I typically get put with people that cannot teach to save their lives, so I'm used to having to grind through and find my own understanding, I did that when I worked as an inside sales guy, and I've done a fair amount of that on the controls side as well. In the end I think you wind up with a better understanding from trial and error anyway, just hopefully you don't error so badly that it isn't fixable.
Good luck in your future endeavors, hopefully they all don't leave a bitter taste.
I have plenty more, thanks.
Xcel's mentality is what you want from a boss. My boss is the exact same way. This is how a lot of the old school guys are. Ive seen that quite a few companies that expect perfection from new guys generally have management that have never been in the truck before. Not all of them are useless but some don't seem to know that this job has a skill set. The only way that skill set will ever improve is by repetition and instruction from the senior guys on the ladder.
Im at a small shop. I generally get the PM stuff. Trick to surviving there (sorry Xcel I probably should let him figure this out for himself, but Im feeling nice today haha) is finding the money hidden in the unit. Check around the heat exchanger. If its slow and you find yourself on belt and filter duty FIND stuff that is wrong. Don't make a problem, but find something that might be a problem. Check the heat exchanger for cracks. Jump out the cooling. Any condenser fans not start? Is there a pressure control keeping it off? That might be a repair right there. Look at the contactor-its got a lot of carbon on it. Better change it before it causes problems on a hot day. Pulleys wear out. If you can feel a grove on it-its toast. Better break out the allen keys and change it before it chews up belts in the middle of a heat wave. Crack in the heat exchanger? If that unit is older than the hills your boss might be able to sell them a new one. Those are the guys the boss likes to keep working.
up in New England when i first started my boss was the other guy but he wanted a person who did not know any thing so he could have things done how he wanted it done i learned a lot from him now i am the head guy and teach the guys under me how to solve the problem but i can understand the outer side. and i am non union and i like it that way but i can under stand the job thing. :bump: