Was fifteen, worked for my Step-uncle cleaning condensors on strip shopping centers. It was South Fla and the first week I thought I was going to die. The coil cleaner was the pink acid, I mixed it in a stainless steel container, that may have been a converted fire extinguisher, pressured it with R12. 23 years later my step-dad died, my step-sisters asked what I did. When I told them they snickered, the whole idea on the summer job was to bust my chops so I'd do better in school. Somedays I wished he had a brother in the garbage hauling or hot roof tar roofing business. BTW I wasn't able to get constant year around work till I was 26.
Worked with dad on drink, food, vending machines since I was 5 or 6 in the shop. Got into small refrig stuff about 16-17 just watching and then a school from a food machine mfg. 4 years in the USCG and went to Hvac training. 33 now and facilities/maint. Dir for a k-12 private school.
28, totally by mistake. Licensed Journeyman in another trade for 6 years. Been doing Controls/HVAC service for the last 17 years. I'm now (oh I hate to say this) a very young Fifty Five. Boy how time flies when you're having fun !
Every day's a learning experience, every day holds an education !
BTW Osiyo, that quote is from was from "Time Enough for Love" Lazarus Long. Could be words to live by !
If sense were so common everyone would have it !
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Went on emergency service calls with my dad since as long as I can remember. Worked summers and after school since I was 14 went to night school at a tech college and worked full time doing installs and service riding with another tech. Graduated tech school got my own truck. I am now 25 and am lead installer and lead service tech, small 5 man operation. 2 of the other guys have 20+ years experience and don't like to listen to me so that's a battle everyday. All in all I LOVE my job and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Started summers at age 15, went to the trade school class in highschool, then full time at age 17 after graduation and going to a trade school to complete. Are those mechanical Code classes worth going to for your journeymans? Pretty sure i will qualify in the next year