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  1. Thread: Cold Trap

    by OpenDrive
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    Necessary piece of equipment. Use pure methanol...

    Necessary piece of equipment. Use pure methanol and dry ice. If your very large tonnage customer has lots of $ and little downtime; a hot nitrogen truck can speed up the process too!
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    I deal with them on occasion...in industrial...

    I deal with them on occasion...in industrial process areas. Its nice to have the bottoms of all your 3 way changeover valves tied to a 24 inch flare line to "recover" your refrigerant. ...
  3. Yeah, I am 18 years into the pension. I would...

    Yeah, I am 18 years into the pension. I would hate to interrupt my years of service at this point. Have nothing against non-union and my wife has better insurance than me.
  4. Chiller Mechanics-Job Market around Texas Cities

    Hello All,

    I am currently in the East Texas area along the coast; and may have to relocate to assist wife with her career. Maybe in a year or so. Maybe not. What are the markets like for...
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    Also I think it is funny how we as a union ( the...

    Also I think it is funny how we as a union ( the UA) would like to expand and get more members to sign up, but then others in above posts refer to people as "Scabs" or "Union in name only." Maybe...
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    I was issued one of these cards when I started. ...

    I was issued one of these cards when I started. It means Division Vocation Journeyman --Mechanical Equipment Serviceman. I was promptly told by a more knowledgeable person in union matters after a...
  7. Of course there has been a few rumors that they...

    Of course there has been a few rumors that they are for sale. Dont know how true this is.... but with their new philosophy of only taking high-margin work; they have lost a lot of techs,...
  8. I like Air1 have an Associates in HVAC and...

    I like Air1 have an Associates in HVAC and Electronics. The Electronics has served me well because i always never seem to have problems on the advancing edge of new technology in our field. But the...
  9. You are absolutely right. If you give them your...

    You are absolutely right. If you give them your number after you have gone, and they choose not to contact you, leave them alone. The key is the ex employee is bugging the customer. If you gave...
  10. They are trying a one size fits all in all...

    They are trying a one size fits all in all markets. In southern AZ, if some's street rates are already at 130, then Carrier will do well. In the Texas market, price is still king. Most cannot get...
  11. It's all about taxes and Cost of Living. I pay...

    It's all about taxes and Cost of Living. I pay Fed Inc Tax. No State Inc tax. No Local Inc Tax. 6.25% State sales tax; 2% Local Sales; 1000 a year property taxes. Compare that to New York,...
  12. Thread: head hunters

    by OpenDrive
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    Great advice! get it in writing! Oh if only I...

    Great advice! get it in writing! Oh if only I had done that when I was younger.
  13. Thread: head hunters

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    Yes, and sometimes I say "you cant afford me." ...

    Yes, and sometimes I say "you cant afford me." They say yes we can. I tell them what it would take and then they agree. But in the ever-changing environment down here, companies are changing...
  14. It is my personal view that it is ethically wrong...

    It is my personal view that it is ethically wrong to wear the uniform of a current company, and discuss your leaving said company and try to bring them over to your new company. That being said,...
  15. They went paperless and GPS. Technology did a...

    They went paperless and GPS. Technology did a lot of it.
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    No not for him really. But I did have a boss who...

    No not for him really. But I did have a boss who was tired of a contract admin holding payment due to gate time bc of supply house. He ordered me to call a hotshot and wait. It worked. Trying to...
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    Thank you for your service. My son is...

    Thank you for your service. My son is Afghanistan right now and i cant wait until he comes home. As for your post, all of the degreed professions you mentioned, think they are going to die when...
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    Man, this guy must have to hire an extra...

    Man, this guy must have to hire an extra accountant to keep track of your time and wages!

    I have had customers at plants that didnt want to pay for you to go get supllies/parts. Badged in gate...
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    Many companies use this as a "try you before they...

    Many companies use this as a "try you before they buy you" program. Be careful, after you have proven yourself and can keep up with any journeyman; make sure they get your card changed to BTJ...
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    New Hampshire? I hear it's beautiful up there. ...

    New Hampshire? I hear it's beautiful up there. What do they pay? Do they discriminate against guys with Texas Accents?
  21. Carrier is restructuring it's service. They are...

    Carrier is restructuring it's service. They are going to a hub and spoke concept. I dont know about Florida, but in most of the country they are modernizing their operations and just having central...
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    NH3 is right. Some of my screws operate at 50...

    NH3 is right. Some of my screws operate at 50 psi above discharge, and some with part time oil pumps, using condenser pressure to feed the oil. All depends on your equipment. At least the oil is...
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    In Texas, it means the free market rules. You...

    In Texas, it means the free market rules. You get paid what the market dictates you get paid, union or not. The only difference is the union provides training, and better insurance, and better...
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    The Chemical Plants are the same way. They allow...

    The Chemical Plants are the same way. They allow 10-20% parts markup. One major one even requires copies of your supply house reciepts, and then they negotiate the rates well below street rates. ...
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    I agree with zw17 above. About the order of...

    I agree with zw17 above. About the order of profitability. From the techs view, the large process chillers inspire more loyalty in customers and more pay for the tech. But many times, the margin...
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    They do too believe in voter ID! You have to...

    They do too believe in voter ID! You have to show one 3 times to get in to their convention to vote to nominate Obama!
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    One of my kids and I were listening to Pearl...

    One of my kids and I were listening to Pearl Jam's Yellow Ledbetter. He said wow that' s a good song, which album is it on? I told him it wasn't on an album but was on the Jeremy CD maxi single. A...
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    Cavalieri85, keep chugging away man. I know...

    Cavalieri85, keep chugging away man. I know here in Texas there is a lot of industrial process work to be had, but almost all of it is union. The problem I usually see is that the folks trying to...
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    In a right to work State you pay dues because you...

    In a right to work State you pay dues because you personally want to and feel it is your duty as a member. Not because you have to. We in unions in RTW states do not depend on the union for our job...
  30. Sticky: This field is so huge you cant possibly know it...

    This field is so huge you cant possibly know it all. My specialty is large process chillers. When someone calls me and asks a question about process chillers I happily answer, the only thing I ask...
  31. Sticky: I started as a maintenance man and NC Programmer...

    I started as a maintenance man and NC Programmer at a radiator plant. One day we needed a 7.5 ton system replaced, and hired a local contractor. They did such a crappy job, I thought I could do...
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    This is so very true. In process refrigeration,...

    This is so very true. In process refrigeration, they also have the added dis-incentive of having to stay drug-free, not being able to drink all the time, and having a clean background check. And...
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    I was one of the test pilots for the new Transit...

    I was one of the test pilots for the new Transit for a year. I could walk in it. It was the best vehicle I ever worked in. Good for a country UA tech like me, sucks for a guy in Chicago who has to...
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    Thanks for the info. This clears it up. With all...

    Thanks for the info. This clears it up. With all these employers asking for this; I was wondering what an "acceptable " fico. I too am not ashamed of my report, but I know that 78% of all...
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    It is shameful to say, but the internet; FICO;...

    It is shameful to say, but the internet; FICO; and other "quick check" sites have created a new permanently unemployed underclass in this country. I went through hard times, big expenses due to...
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    This is a very common fault with these XR5's. ...

    This is a very common fault with these XR5's. The Actual issue is usually not the actual diffuser motor. It is the potentiometer on the IGV motor. If you look in the Configuration settings, there...
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    In TX most of us have BTJ Pipefitter cards. This...

    In TX most of us have BTJ Pipefitter cards. This entitles the holder to scale 27.50 which is the minimum they can pay. 90% of us make above that depending on what you know and what is in demand. ...
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    Darn Lucky

    I went to Electronics school, graduated with an associates, and never used it until I got into this field. I worked as a machinist, maintenace tech, and NC programmer at a radiator plant and took...
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