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    a bad time to be switching jobs, especially for a...

    a bad time to be switching jobs, especially for a newbie, my suggestion is to wait until at least apr-may before trying to jump ship. Keep looking but don't expect much at this point.
  2. are they looking for good techs or apprentices or...

    are they looking for good techs or apprentices or both? two different things. The salary is low compared to the private sector but the benefits are better, at this point in my career I would rather...
  3. The forces is definitely an option if someone...

    The forces is definitely an option if someone could deal with being in the military, you are first a soldier and second a refer apprentice, that is something that anyone getting in must know.
  4. -Find a company that focuses on HVAC only -...

    -Find a company that focuses on HVAC only

    - dont expect training from an employer because it wont happen, unless you work for a manufacturer who will train you on their own equipment.

    - I...
  5. I have never seen a government agency looking for...

    I have never seen a government agency looking for apprentices, only fully licensed journeyman.
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    a registered apprentice is allowed to solicit...

    a registered apprentice is allowed to solicit work, for local 787 anyway.
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    To get into 787 as a journeyman it's the same as...

    To get into 787 as a journeyman it's the same as getting in as an already 'registered apprentice', you have to find a potential job with a union contractor first, then the employer has to prove to...
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    If they can't negotiate the exact same wages as...

    If they can't negotiate the exact same wages as everyone else is getting then there is no sense of having them, the only point to being a member is getting the wages and pension, other then that...
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    what union is this? 787 has a collective...

    what union is this? 787 has a collective agreement that all contractors under them abide by, I have never heard of them negotiating wages with a newly organized company. Negotiations take place every...
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    you may be on the list for years (sorry for the...

    you may be on the list for years (sorry for the bad news)

    787 takes on newbies and then they sit for a long time, I went through the same thing and was called by a company 2 years later ( I even...
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    common sense is not so common after all

    common sense is not so common after all
  12. I doubt it, I have seen good techs leave on bad...

    I doubt it, I have seen good techs leave on bad terms and find employment at a competing company who happened to be very good friends with their former boss, money talks and bs walks.
  13. I wouldn't bother, if you're not starting your...

    I wouldn't bother, if you're not starting your own thing don't bring anyone unless they freely follow you and your new boss gives you a finders fee. I worked with guys who had a customer or two...
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    Commercial/Ind is no different

    Commercial/Ind is no different
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    lack of training/support on all the new...

    lack of training/support on all the new computerized equipment and the micro managing is bad in some companies, the consensus of several techs I know who 'retired' early.
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    create a work order, write down what you did,...

    create a work order, write down what you did, write down the make and model of the unit, write down where the unit is being placed while waiting for hock up (as per GC) and write down that the unit...
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    SC and SH tell you a whole lot of what is going...

    SC and SH tell you a whole lot of what is going on with a system. How do you diagnose refrigerant related issues without them? Get a book called System Diagnostic and Troubleshooting Procedures and...
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    Guy gets his first job as a pipe runner, he wants...

    Guy gets his first job as a pipe runner, he wants to be a service tech, 10 years later he is still a pipe runner with a license wondering why nobody will hire him as a service tech. Distinguish where...
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    Manufacturing unions are shrinking unfortunately,...

    Manufacturing unions are shrinking unfortunately, hopefully public unions disappear, trades unions are getting stronger as more tradesman realize they need to get paid for their work.
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    I love these union debates:grin2: In this...

    I love these union debates:grin2:

    In this trade the union pays better 99% of the time, I'm not sure why its even a debate. John, the issue with 'earning your salt' is that open shops are always...
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    the truth is that when you are a tradesmen you...

    the truth is that when you are a tradesmen you are the underclass, regardless of what trade and how technical you still get dirty (which is frowned up on) you still have to use you hands, you will...
  22. why not just find and fix the leak?

    why not just find and fix the leak?
  23. do you have experience? I joined the union as a...

    do you have experience? I joined the union as a 4th year apprentice by picking up the phone and calling employers, took me a few days and about 15 calls total.
  24. Poll: several years ago I was looking for a job and...

    several years ago I was looking for a job and started my regular job search by calling employers, I called one place and spoke to the service manager who happened to be a female, she was very rude...
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    what do you mean you got accepted into the UA?...

    what do you mean you got accepted into the UA? first you have to get a job with a company that is in the UA and then you become a UA member after probation. Or, did you get accepted to a training...
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    go online, find all the HVAC companies near you,...

    go online, find all the HVAC companies near you, call them and talk to them. I did this as an electrical apprentice and HVAC apprentice. I called 146 employers before I landed my first electrical...
  27. Thread: Deem Mechanical

    by jrmech
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    yes, we can convince ourselves to accept anything...

    yes, we can convince ourselves to accept anything and everything, Goebbels did wonders for the Nazi's..it didn't make it right though.
  28. Thread: Deem Mechanical

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    Trucks are part of the business and there is no...

    Trucks are part of the business and there is no business without them, if it was a luxury vehicle then I can understand and justify a charge.

    is the IRS going to ask employees to pay the lease on...
  29. Thread: Deem Mechanical

    by jrmech
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    hahahahahha $15 truck charge? taking the truck...

    hahahahahha $15 truck charge?

    taking the truck home is INCOME? what kind of backwards twisted tax laws you guys gots goin on down there. It sounds like the IRS is scrapping the bottom of the...
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    what time is break?:grin2:

    what time is break?:grin2:
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    as much as I enjoy this trade most days, at 55 i...

    as much as I enjoy this trade most days, at 55 i don't want to be doing it or even consider changing into another career as demanding.
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    I was considering somewhere in the Caribbean. In...

    I was considering somewhere in the Caribbean. In Canada I would go to the Whistler region or other nice areas in BC and that is all, otherwise I'm staying put in good ol Ontario.
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    haha, tradesmen are treated like dirt everywhere,...

    haha, tradesmen are treated like dirt everywhere, even Canada. I know a phenomenal chiller mechanic who tells people hes in the insurance biz when asked what he does for a living. The construction...
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    drills, gauges, multimeters can easily be worn...

    drills, gauges, multimeters can easily be worn out/become defective, small hand tools get lost I agree but those aren't that one that hurt the pocket book.
  35. Thread: Tools

    by jrmech
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    My recommendation is get in the job and see what...

    My recommendation is get in the job and see what you'll be doing, I made the mistake of buying tools senselessly when starting and some of them never got used, if you're going to become an installer...
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    what makes a contractor good is one that gives...

    what makes a contractor good is one that gives you a job and pays you for your work, I have been around for a while and met all kinds, some sell you the world and deliver nothing. Until you start...
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    I'm confused:confused: You are a newbie with a...

    I'm confused:confused:

    You are a newbie with a job offer and you're thinking about it??

    If you have no skills and licenses to offer than what is there to think about, if you want to get in the...
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    move forward and not back, taking a resi job...

    move forward and not back, taking a resi job would be a bad move and further from the goal as pointed out already.
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    That's a pipe dream:whistle:

    That's a pipe dream:whistle:
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    look around and see if you find something better,...

    look around and see if you find something better, some companies promise the world but just string you along, if you think this is the case here than see whats out there. Some places allow you to...
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    being an installer does NOT teach you the inner...

    being an installer does NOT teach you the inner dynamics of a system, at all. I have seen installers with over a decade of experience go out and spend over an hour at the place just to call me for...
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    I'm going against the grain here and disagreeing,...

    I'm going against the grain here and disagreeing, the mind set between the 2 is much different. If your long term goal is to become a service tech than do that. I started as a installer/service guy...
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    I have the new Inficon, used it a few times on...

    I have the new Inficon, used it a few times on 410 and r22. I find that its more responsive with 22 than 410 but still able to find leaks...so far its ok.
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    "its all good"

    "its all good"
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    [QUOTE=dlove;13433611] I'm just saying that...

    I'm just saying that assumption may hinder your effectiveness of hiring personnel. There is no loyalty today coming from employers or empoloyees. I worked in the corporate world prior to HVAC and it...
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    [QUOTE=dlove;13431521] I think you missed the...

    I think you missed the mark here, HVAC is seasonal and some companies have a hard time providing 40 hours even in busy seasons. Everyone should be looking for security, sitting at home to fulfill...
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    they are wonderful, they do not only do free...

    they are wonderful, they do not only do free cooling but constantly replace stale air in a building.

    majority are not working because people have no clue on how they operate, so they just close...
  48. Thread: No work??

    by jrmech
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    I'm coming to live in Texas, geez, our RE prices...

    I'm coming to live in Texas, geez, our RE prices are ridiculous, we make chump change in comparison.
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    check for power at y1/2 in the morning...if its...

    check for power at y1/2 in the morning...if its there than check where control voltage is being held up.

    are there multiple units for this customer or are you on a plaza roof of some kind?
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    the unit fails at night and it starts working in...

    the unit fails at night and it starts working in the morning by itself, or do you go out and reset at the disconnect?

    check t-stat programming, change the battery...

    what are the pressures at...
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