Am i supposed to be surprised so many companies complain they have trouble running their business?
It doesn't take much effort to get the HVAC gurus to talk about the time they destroyed the customer's house, or blew up a unit.
These days, companies place so much pressure on technicians, it's not even worth being in the business unless you are working for yourself.
Companies really believe they are going to hire a technician and he's going to be flawless on repair and paperwork when he arrives.
...then when summer is over they are going to say "C-ya" and hire another flawless person the next year.
It's not going to happen.
Somewhere , some suit decided that their company will not pay for any learning curve.
That doesn't work in HVAC because every day is a learning curve.
You can't just keep firing people who want to be technicians over little reasons.
The two biggest complains about my performance have been "Taking too long to complete a job" ...which is because, in the HVAC trade, everything needs to be done yesterday, AND , "Too many call-backs".
What's the definition of too many call-backs?
One ! .
(At Sears i was calculated at a 9% call-back rate, which was the lowest in my group, and i was the only local tech to meet their requirements)
The ironic part is, my call-backs usually generate more money.
Since i've been employed in this business, the average HVAC job has lasted 8 months to 2 years.
Home loans are 30 years. Who wants to worry about finding a job all the time?
I recently looked on Facebook to find the guy who was #1 in my trade school class.
He had higher test scores than me !!!
He's not even in this business anymore, after trade school he worked at a couple of HVAC companies then decided he needed to go to college.
Back when i was working security, other than wishing i earned more money, i didn't have a care in the world.
I spent most of my day talking to girls.
I have to ask which job is better.
Now i'm doing all this super hero work, running up and down buildings, screwing around with 240+ electricity, and not appreciated for my skills.
I earned $1900 per month working security and the jobs lasted 3 to 4 years, now i earn 18+OT per hour, and every month seems like it will be my last.
If i work a higher paying HVAC job for 8 months, it comes out to the same as working security for 1 year.(minus job security)
You're always looking for commercial techs because you refuse to train apprentices.
I've been reading want ads for HVAC in Los Angeles for 5 years, and i've never seen anyone hiring for an entry level commercial tech.
...and for those managers who hire people based on "sizing them up" at the job interview, it's not working.
I'ts too easy to fool you.
You should rely more on testing.