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    You can wear a suit if you would like. I wore a...

    You can wear a suit if you would like. I wore a button down with sneakers and I got the job a few years back. Although they make jokes about who wears sneakers to a job interview. Good luck and if...
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    I recently ran into this as well. We just used 16...

    I recently ran into this as well. We just used 16 gauge shielded wire with a drain and it worked perfectly.
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    Well, Trane is a great place to work from what I...

    Well, Trane is a great place to work from what I hear. You could always go the chiller route with Trane then switch over to their controls division in a few years. I know a few guys who have done...
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    I am the same age as yourself, and over a year...

    I am the same age as yourself, and over a year ago I decided to take the controls route and I am never looking back. I make great money and feel excited to go to work everyday. Cool thing about...
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    If you want a job quick and easy aztil is always...

    If you want a job quick and easy aztil is always hiring. Not sure your experience though so that would be helpful.
  6. International Society of Automation Certified Control Systems Technician?

    I was poking around some other sites and was wondering if any of you have acquired a certificate from ISA? I have been doing controls for a while and can prove myself by working but really I don't...
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    yeah your not going to be able to "go for the...

    yeah your not going to be able to "go for the money" if you don't have any experience. You can't say in an interview well I was more mechanically inclined than the rest of my class and expect more...
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    Good luck finding a "top of the line guy" for...

    Good luck finding a "top of the line guy" for $20/hr. Be willing to offer more if you want the guy that you seem to be looking for.
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    Yeah I agree fully with Mike. Don't judge us out....

    Yeah I agree fully with Mike. Don't judge us out. The young guys that want to learn and are willing to shut their mouths and listen are around. Hard to find but around none the less. I started at 17...
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    Crimson, I live in Palm Beach just north of Ft....

    Crimson, I live in Palm Beach just north of Ft. Lauderdale and I would not go to that school. You will be throwing your money away. There are other schools available that could teach you more. Just...
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    Just changed out a 20 year old ALC module...

    Just changed out a 20 year old ALC module yesterday. Was still working as a standalone. Lightning strike took out the comm port. Otherwise would still be there for a while.
  12. Thread: Programming

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    Osiyo I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Even...

    Osiyo I am sincerely sorry for your loss. Even though I do not know you personally you are in my prayers.
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    sounds like a communication problem to me. Check...

    sounds like a communication problem to me. Check diag to check the stability of the network. Try to get a modstat like others said.
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    If you want my opinion I believe it is all based...

    If you want my opinion I believe it is all based on the contractor you work for. I currently do controls but a while back when I was changing jobs I took an offer from a mechanical contractor in...
  15. Just go knock on doors of some of the small...

    Just go knock on doors of some of the small shops, they will usually be willing to take on an inexperienced guy if you show them you want to learn and work hard. That is how I got my job.Its tough to...
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    yeah check your network and do a modstat on the...

    yeah check your network and do a modstat on the LGR or LGE like kontrol said
  17. If you are a competent technician you should have...

    If you are a competent technician you should have no problems. Should be a very simple test. Employers just have them there to weed out people they don't want.
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    I am not making it to the Vegas seminar but I...

    I am not making it to the Vegas seminar but I will be at the seminar in Atlanta later this month. Company does not want to send me from east coast to west since Atlanta is within driving distance.
  19. I work for an ALC dealer and we have been doing...

    I work for an ALC dealer and we have been doing this type of set up on our chiller plants for years. VFD's on pumps, towers and AHU's regulate ahus on demand, drives for pumps look at secondary delta...
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    my company is doing the beta test for ALC and the...

    my company is doing the beta test for ALC and the multi-browser works pretty well. You can use it on tablets but they just had to update it because they did have a zoom function. It works but there...
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    If you have verifiable experience yes you can. I...

    If you have verifiable experience yes you can. I got my contractors license for HVAC Class B when i was 21. So yes if you have the experience and the know how you can.
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    Easy fix don't worry yourself

    Easy fix don't worry yourself
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    That is the reason I use resistors as well. Got...

    That is the reason I use resistors as well. Got burnt on my first job for bt485 not having power to it. Like Dracula said check the end of the line bt485's. And check your diag. since you are using...
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    I recently switched to controls from mechanic. I...

    I recently switched to controls from mechanic. I took a hit in pay just to get into controls but im at 45k with no controls experience but 6+ years mechanic. My company pays our techs 65-90k with 5+...
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    yeah I have been waiting for these combo sensors....

    yeah I have been waiting for these combo sensors. What a pain it has been to have 70 vavs on a site and each of them has temp,co2 and RH! Long awaited sensors!
  27. I will give my opinion since I went through...

    I will give my opinion since I went through school about 5 or so years ago. We started with a group of about 35 people and dropped 5 before theory was done in a month. Now most of these people some...
  28. Thread: New Guy here

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    I have a set of fieldpiece Sman3's and LOVE THEM....

    I have a set of fieldpiece Sman3's and LOVE THEM. They work great although I don't get to use them much now since I switched to controls. :whistle:
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    Hey Troy, welcome to the site... Lots of useful...

    Hey Troy, welcome to the site... Lots of useful information here. Not many of us Florida folks though. I am in Palm Beach where are you?
  30. Right out of school here in south Florida I got...

    Right out of school here in south Florida I got $17 per hour but I had some install experience before I started schooling. Sell yourself and prove your worth. I know many companies that start guys...
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    I interviewed for a controls position and got it...

    I interviewed for a controls position and got it in December. Basically I was honest told them I have been a mechanic for the last 6 years and have dabbled with DDC when I have needed to. Although my...
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    take what they offer you to learn

    take what they offer you to learn
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    Where to go? That's easy, some where affordable...

    Where to go? That's easy, some where affordable and tropical... Florida it is. See ya soon! Just search for schools or unions that you want to join and see where they are located then make your best...
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    Good luck on the new job. I started my new...

    Good luck on the new job. I started my new controls job on the 2nd and I can relate to the nerves you get before you start. But 2 and a half weeks later and its all smooth sailing with tons of new...
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    I am sure you could do our trade. But like others...

    I am sure you could do our trade. But like others have said... you have to want to do it. And you will earn your living. Be prepared to study all the time. I just recently switched from mechanic to...
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    We use the atomic clock with ALC. Works well...

    We use the atomic clock with ALC. Works well turns lights on at our school systems on 15 min before sun set and turns off 15 after sun rise
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    be positive and motivated. Don't bring up money...

    be positive and motivated. Don't bring up money until they do.
  38. I have been a HVAC Tech for 6 years now and I...

    I have been a HVAC Tech for 6 years now and I just made the switch to Controls (actually I start next week) and I am above 20 per hour and don't have a lot of DDC experience. But I have considerable...
  39. I am further south than Tampa but there is work...

    I am further south than Tampa but there is work down here in Florida, if you are willing to work for almost nothing for a while then gain some experience and respect. Always a need for good mechanics...
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    Yeah I can almost guarantee if you have no...

    Yeah I can almost guarantee if you have no experience in the field you wont see 20-25 for at least 3 maybe 4 years if you join the union. And probably even longer if you go non union. Not sure what...
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    I am in Jupiter but I never travel passed Boca...

    I am in Jupiter but I never travel passed Boca Raton. There aren't a lot of us Florida folks on here. There may be some on here and they will chime in when they see it.
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    That's good I am glad you found someone if for...

    That's good I am glad you found someone if for any reason you may need to talk to a local guy let me know I am a contractor up here in west palm beach... Only about 45 minutes north of you.
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    Yeah I am here in south Florida as well. Your...

    Yeah I am here in south Florida as well. Your best bet is to get through 725. To get training and experience on chillers down here you almost have to be union. If you get in I know lots of guys at...
  44. Thread: r12 system

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    yeah it is good to see some southerners. I am in...

    yeah it is good to see some southerners. I am in west palm beach. :cheers:
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    As for a brand I prefer Rheem/Ruud over American...

    As for a brand I prefer Rheem/Ruud over American Standard. Other people will have their opinions as well but that is the brand I install.
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    Nest Thermostat

    Check this out guys. For you contractors get in touch with one of your local distributors and become a certified installer. I am in the process of becoming one. I went through Gemaire Distributors to...
  47. Thread: r12 system

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    I have several jugs of R12. Some for sale too!

    I have several jugs of R12. Some for sale too!
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    I just got back from 10 days in Alaska. Went to...

    I just got back from 10 days in Alaska. Went to Skagway,Juneau and actually proposed in Ketchikan(She said yes) Anyways I really enjoyed it up there and I am really contemplating a move up to there...
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    could be many things but I would start looking...

    could be many things but I would start looking for a short in wire somewhere. Had one similar where a valve would open in a pharmaceutical plant and move the 24v and it happened to have a rip on the...
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    I got my start as a swinging attic monkey....

    I got my start as a swinging attic monkey. Started dating my soon to be fiance at 15 (she dosen't know yet) and her dad had his own a/c company and he took a liking to me and said i could earn some...
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