Well I finally got a job in HVAC and was summarily let go.
Looking back it is somewhat hard to tell why I failed, but I think it was actually my own fault. Let me first list the reasons I got axed ( least why I think I did ):
1. Acted like a know it all and actually knew nothing
2. Slow on jobs
3. Didn't mesh socially with the boss or lead technician
4. Didn't go above and beyond to show my eagerness to learn
I know that I acted like a complete know it all when I started, and I know that put off the lead tech ALOT... I eventually learned to keep my trap shut, but it was too late by then.
I was slow on jobs, but in my defense they were jobs that I had never done alone before. I installed a heat exchanger on a Carrier 5 ton unit and it took me an hour... I thought that was reasonable, but I guess it wasn't. Few jobs I was installing all the flex in the attic solo and it took me quite a while.
Didn't mesh with the boss or the lead tech... this one just falls into the realm of "not much you can do". It was like oil and water with us, and I think it was due to the age difference. I don't think this was a reason I got canned, but I don't think it helped.
I didn't take the initiative to learn. I should have studied the manuals and literature supplied, but instead I chose to go home and spend time with my wife. I was already working overtime and my wife is very important to me, but I was told in the interview that he wanted someone that would go above and beyond and I agreed. So the fault was mine, and I understood that.
I didn't argue and actually completely understood when he called me in and dropped the ax. I showed up at work everyday on time and never missed a day, but in the end I did far worse which was not really trying.
SO anyway... I got a few temp apartment maintenance jobs after I got canned and didn't have a problem, but in the end decided that HVAC might not of been in the cards for me.
Now the failure... I applied at a large company for a position that I used to hold ( before going to school for HVAC ) that makes a helluva lot of money, and has great benefits. I found out yesterday that I got the job, and now the last three years seem like a failed project. I'm really upset because I don't know if I cannot do the job, or if I just had a situation where I didn't fit in well. The horrible part is I love doing HVAC... whether I was on the roof, in the attic or under the floor I was always excited to be doing it.