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Thread: Should I leave a $21 hour job?
09-22-2012, 08:44 PM #40Professional Member
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- Lakewood, CO
Install is a great way to understand
I would strongly advise you to do some work on the install side first. This comes from personal experience. I installed for 7 years as a journeyman electrician before I got the laptop and learned the programming. What installing teaches you is how and why you install damper actuators a certain way, how and why you wire up a 3 wire actuator and a 2 wire and their differences, and very importantly, where to properly install a sensor in the system.
Having an electronics and electrical background have truly been a boon to me. It helps me troubleshoot much more easily.
I did the install thing, the original programming, commissioning and checkout thing, and now the full time troubleshooting thing and I couldn't have done it without this background.
BTW, I love my job. Troubleshooting and fixing stuff others can't get, solving a problem and seeing happy customers is very rewarding!
09-22-2012, 09:59 PM #41
09-23-2012, 12:13 AM #42
thanks for taking the time to respond I appreciate your input
10-20-2012, 10:45 AM #43Regular Guest
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- Jul 2012
I was in the residential hvac repair business for 15 years until I switched to controls a year ago. This has been the best decision I have ever made. I did take a pay cut at first but now there are more doors to open than before with much higher pay. I have a A.S. in computer technology and web design on the side. What has helped me the most was I dabbled in Christmas light display sequencing. Also getting lucky enough to find a company who only had one controls guy who had no clue how to program..lol
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