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  1. #40
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    One of the problems in this business is this.If you are a tech.and it does not matter how good you are. You go to a job and you have a hard time getting answers to problems. Let's say you are there one hour and you get the solution,that one hour of aggravation is more tiring than digging ditches all day.

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    I'm thinking in a few years I'll stop working for a year. To find myself... The kids come out of university and do it. I'll just do it later. Then I'll become a slumlord and be like those people on storage wars. Fix stuff for people that have no mechanical inclanation.
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    Heck....my dream gig would be to get my current company to a point that my son and nephew can take it over....

    So I can start another company somewhere else, from scratch, using all the things I learned from this company to avoid mistakes....
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

  4. #43
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChillerMan View Post
    Well I did it because flying isn't just something I love to do, it's really in my blood and I have this "urge" or need to fly. I think that is what it takes to become an airline pilot today. I satisfied this urge by reaching my goal and living my dream of becoming an airline pilot. This was something I knew I wanted to do since I was 5 years old.

    But once I lived the life of an airline pilot I wasn't very happy. And the money was insulting. So I left and went back into HVAC. Now, I get to fly for fun, and I get to teach my two sons how to fly when they get old enough.
    My son in law is a pilot for a major airlines right now, college grad, always wanted to fly since he was a kid. Got a wife and 2 great kids but he's BROKE. They don't make enough to live on until they have enough time in the right seat to make a move to the left seat but before that happens they usually get laid off.
    I'm not tolerating Political Correctness anymore, from now on it's tell it like it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChillerMan View Post
    That was one perk I didn't get to take advantage of. I was married. But believe me, that really does happen, often.
    My wife said, "they don't call it a 'lay-over' for nothin'."


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    Have thought of other careers but the money and job security has kept me here since I have been 17, only job I have ever had.

  7. #46
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolperfect View Post
    One of the problems in this business is this.If you are a tech.and it does not matter how good you are. You go to a job and you have a hard time getting answers to problems. Let's say you are there one hour and you get the solution,that one hour of aggravation is more tiring than digging ditches all day.
    One of the reasons I love this trade is because of the problem solving. Sure some might be more stressful than others but, in the end, that only makes you a better technician in the future, right? And it works well with my personality (I'm what you would call an 'introvert') so I feel extremely comfortable doing it most of the time vs working at my current job (non hvac). Unfortunately I've been out of the field for quite some time so its a little tough for me to get back in at the moment.

  8. #47
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    Quote Originally Posted by hvac/tech View Post
    the only thing i don't like about hvac is that every time you got some part of the field figured out, all the sudden you have to learn something different, like doing comfort cooling, then have to learn walk-in and then after that before you know it you have learn chiller, i just tired of having to know all this s..., i want to just go to work and do a job i know so i dont have competely rethink everything, i just want to be on auto pilot, i would rather send my brain power on my hobbies or my family.
    Cashier sounds like the right job for you. maybe toll collector? pizza delivery? bus boy? dish washer?
    You have to pay your due's before you pay the rent!

  9. #48
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    been in hvac for nearly 20 years and self employeed for 11. the worst part of the trade in my area is people writing new codes and then the local "know-it-all" inspectors that decide they want to make up their own codes. a true international code is needed no more loop holes for local boys to fail you just cause they having bad day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jigjoe View Post
    One of the reasons I love this trade is because of the problem solving. Sure some might be more stressful than others but, in the end, that only makes you a better technician in the future, right? And it works well with my personality (I'm what you would call an 'introvert') so I feel extremely comfortable doing it most of the time vs working at my current job (non hvac). Unfortunately I've been out of the field for quite some time so its a little tough for me to get back in at the moment.
    Aside from the need to make a living, the reason I do this is diagnostics.

    Too late for med school......
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Aside from the need to make a living, the reason I do this is diagnostics.

    Too late for med school......
    I am just too dumb for brain surgery so I will stick it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas-Tech View Post
    My son in law is a pilot for a major airlines right now, college grad, always wanted to fly since he was a kid. Got a wife and 2 great kids but he's BROKE. They don't make enough to live on until they have enough time in the right seat to make a move to the left seat but before that happens they usually get laid off.
    People often ask why I am a "former" Lear pilot. That's the reason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheChillerMan View Post
    Those of us in the HVAC industry can't complain about horrible conditions and hours.

    After 10 years in the trade I left. in 2005 I became an airline pilot. To become an airline pilot you either:

    A. Join the military, get a college degree, become an officer, and learn to fly

    B. Go to flight school, work for years as a flight instructor until you have enough flight time

    I chose option B.

    I worked as a flight instructor for 3 years making $12,000 a year. That's right. $12,000 a year.

    After I had enough flight time I applied at 6 or 7 airlines. I got hired and started flying a 50 seat twin engine turboprop airliner, making.... get this... are you ready.....

    $22,000 a year. And for that whopping pay, I had the pleasure of working up to 6 days in a row, 14 hour days, all the while missing every holiday, birthday, anniversary, and soccer game. Living off crappy airport food, sleeping in crappy hotels, and catching every cold virus under the Sun.

    After one year of being an airline pilot, I left the airline and went back to Trane making 4 times the money and being home every night, every holiday, every weekend, every birthday and soccer game.

    Be happy for an excellent great paying career. If you're not making good money in this trade then you're doing something wrong. I have an excellent quality of life, a pension, great health insurance, a company vehicle, and I get to fix stuff and feel good about it.

    Make the most of opportunities... or make your own opportunities.
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