So, here is my story:
I had 2 quarters of HVAC training under my belt, with a background in electronics. Then, through a local Good Will program, I got an interview with a local company for an "on the job training" position. The company (better not name them) had a position open for a sheet metal apprentice. Ultimately, I think I would like to do service work, but a foot in the door of a "good" company, sounded good.
I get to the interview, and the HR lady tells me " I don't think you would be happy doing sheet metal work on commercial sites. I think you would be good with the customers." I am thinking, great, but are there any of these positions available ? She tells me about an opening in the install/change out dept. I have read on this site that a lot of techs start out with installs, so again, I am thinking great!
I get hired at $12.50 per hour (not too bad to start) but I figure it is like getting paid for training, so I probably would have done it for $10. Anyone who has done residential installs knows this work can be physically demanding, and I did my best to keep up with seasoned guys in that part of the job. I was told that we have 2 guys on a truck, so we shouldn't have try to cart around those 5 ton ac's by ourselves. Some of the guys were doing it, even though the boss said don't do it.
So, ok, this is my 2nd career and I am a little older than most of the guys in the dept., but I am still in pretty good shape. After 3 weeks on the job, boss comes up to me and says, "you have got to start picking things (knowledge) up quicker". I ask, "do you have any suggestions?" He tells me to go to Menard's and walk up and down the aisles to see the things we use on the job. I say ok, even though they have a warehouse on site that has all the parts we use.
He also tells me "I see you standing around too much, get in there and do something, even if it is wrong." I tell him that I am observing the process and am trying to learn, but I assure him that I will start jumping in more as I learn better what to do.
Long story short, I get the axe after 7 weeks. Even though, I started "jumping in" more, (even though the senior tech I was with didn't necessarily like it).
I feel that I was not given a fair chance to learn the job, I mean 7 weeks ? I was never late, did not use my phone on the job, only missed 2 days to finish up 2 HVAC classes I was still in when the job started. Now, I probably would not have stayed in install/change out for more than 2 years, and then I would have tried to get on in the service dept.
I guess it is back to school for me, too bad fall quarter has already started. Actually, I learned a lot while I was working, I just wish they would have given me more time.