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01-08-2013, 07:22 AM #40
Our restaurants close after 10 pm, and the Co that owns them is 100% adverse to OT.
I was asked if I worked on impingers, and I said, "nope."
01-10-2013, 12:00 AM #41
I plan/hope within 5-10 years to have the experience and knowledge to know the systems inside out backwards and forwards that the next few decades I can be an expert that my clients will rely on. I don't think I would want to start a business myself but I would definitely want to be a partner.
01-10-2013, 12:59 PM #42
That is a reasonable and achievable goal, if you put the time and effort in.
01-10-2013, 07:07 PM #43Professional Member
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I suggest to start drinking coffee if don't already and a lot of it, prepare for sleepless nights.
01-10-2013, 09:38 PM #44
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01-11-2013, 07:42 PM #47
First time seeing something, I will take 10-15 minutes to familiarize myself of what is where and what does what. Where line voltage is, secondary, relays, contactors, etc etc. Beyond that I just think of my feet a lot.
Don't be nosey but it you listen to/talk to the guys you work with a lot about stuff, you'd be surprised what kind of stuff you can hear and pick up on. Prior history if there is any is a great asset, so if possible keep a log of dates of things you've had problems with.
01-11-2013, 08:33 PM #48
This was before electronics enter the market place, but in my opinion electronics made things easier to figure out. If don't think so maybe some day you will get a chance to work on a 25 ton Carrier roof top, all the wires are yellow with different paint strips which after time fade into different colors or no colors, the wiring diagrams always wore off the electrical door as some point or not so nice mechanics spray painted them over.
The way I stay abreast of new changes is via the manufacturers web sites and free training through distributers. Manufacturers also offer training at a cost, well worth it. You could also look up RSES as a source.
Read and learn. Some advice lost on most of the tradesmen who feel like they are becoming dinosaurs. When you are learning something new, your mind will fill with confusion, so many will say I can't learn this or too complex for me. With a little more thought and effort a bulb will go on in your head and the confusion will disappear, you have now learned something new. As one of my business mentors once told me "There really is no such thing as teaching, the student must learn for information to be passed to the next generation".
My best learning happened with OJT (on the job training) nothing like making mistakes you can get paid to make and paid to fix. Just don't ever tell the customer you made a mistake, if they are foreigners you will be getting calls a year later telling you that the case still isn't working right because of the mistake.
01-16-2013, 09:24 PM #49
Best advice dont get into gas station work. There are to many of them and open 24 hrs with 1 guy there with nothing to do but look for problems. And they don't care to call you out for something stupid cuse there not paying the bill. Lucky me the chain we did got bought out and we don't do it any more. Best day if my life!!!!!!!
01-19-2013, 09:09 AM #50
We used to do the Philadelphia-area chain of gas stations that are the stepchildren of a large Philly refinery with the name of that large burning object in the sky as part of the business name.
There was a guy in charge that thought our trade should work for nothing, and that he knew as much as any tech. FINALLY, we jettisoned him, by going from reasonable estimates to sky-high prices, and he got so disgusted he stopped calling.
Blessed relief for ALL of us!!!!
01-27-2013, 09:55 PM #51Regular Guest
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- Plainfield IL
Jump right in head first and fake it till you make it! Goodluck
01-28-2013, 05:58 PM #52Professional Member
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- Lehigh Valley, PA