Taking a pay cut to do this
Got offered a position with a restaurant equipment repair company.
Was wondering how is the job satisfaction for you guys
Willing to take the pay cut to get the job satisfaction and learn something new.
It depends. I came from the residential/small commercial A/C, heating and refrigeration side before I got a job working for a restaurant chain. Working in a kitchen with kitchen staff running around, bumping into you and preparing food over the top of you while you're trying to change an evaporator fan motor on an under-counter refrigerator or freezer can be challenging, to say the least.
The restaurant chain I worked for was open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It wasn't bad when I was working on the A/C or refrigeration equipment on the roof, but trying to change out a fryer high limit while working inches away from 350 degree oil was not my idea of satisfying, especially when the fryer next to where I was working was still being used. Not fun!
If the equipment you'll be working on is critical, getting it working can be a little stressful, especially when you're working in a crowded kitchen, especially while you're trying to read a wiring diagram and troubleshoot, and especially when you don't know who has worked on the equipment before you and you have no history of what's been done to the equipment in the past. The fact that I had very little experience working on fryers, shake machines, grills, drink systems, dishwashers, etc., didn't help and added to the stress. Then, if you have to take call, there's always the likely possibility you'll be called out at 2 in the morning after you've worked until 8 o'clock the previous night.
But, like I said, it depends. I work for a school district now, taking care of four kitchens with over 200 pieces of equipment. It's the best job I've ever had and I've been in the trade for over 30 years.
Yep, odd hours. walking into the job site and no one knows anything about what the unit is doing wrong (is Blokin) seems to be a pretty standard answer. Extremely cramped spaces to work in. Had to tell a cook while under a counter "look here Wang chung, you splash that hot grease on me again and I'll stick a screwdriver in your leg.
All I can say is I hope you dont mind grease and floor grit.
Best of luck to you.
All I can remember is being stepped on, playing on dirty floors, and the Spanish music... Lot's of Spanish music. I lasted exactly 4 weeks.
Don't walk.... Run away.
I did restaurant equipment repair for 12 years. You will see some of the nastiest stuff you could ever imagine. Have to work on a oven that needs to come out of its resting place to be repaired? Hope you have a strong stomach.
Beware the Chinese restaurants. Scary critters in there. And Mamasaan, the old lady in the back corner, holds all the cash.
One good thing. You quickly learn where to eat and where not to eat. Also what to eat and what not to eat/drink. Think twice before making the move.
Plenty of work to keep you busy though. Watch out for those C.O.D. calls!!!!!
This is very true, but every aspect of the HVACR trade has its "bad working conditions" I know I would take a greasy kitchen over a 120 degree rooftop any day of the week.
Originally Posted by monkeyman#1
Also add Mexican restaurants to the list.
"The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today"
and you could get some pretty good upskirts while working on your back!
Originally Posted by smurphy
LMAO Although sometimes you'd rather not have gotten that upskirt
Originally Posted by supertek65
Sounds like most of you guys dont really like working restaurants....
Only real downside is i will be totally out of HVAC. But like smurphy said i guess i will be trading in the 120 degree roofs for greasy floors....
I will have plenty of latex gloves handy, i guess.
you going hot side cold side or both ?
Originally Posted by Baja ss
Same here, I'm an independent