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  1. #27
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    Oct 2007
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    Quote Originally Posted by cousteau View Post
    Hey Wulfbane,
    Stick with it you have made a good choice if trades is what you want to do.
    As a refrigeration mechanic in BC you will be one of the highest paid trades in the country.
    If you excel in this field you shouldnt need to worry about work.
    All that said this is tough trade. It is demanding physically, mentally and will consume a good part of your life. To do it right you need to give it 100% especially during your apprenticeship. Study,work hard, earn the respect of the journeyman you work with, and walk before you run.
    Check out the Jarts pre-apprenticeship coarse offered by the refrigeration union. Its a good place to start.

    www.jarts.bc.ca
    I was going to say, if you know you want to get into this trade, don't bother with the Trades Discovery program at BCIT. Get on the list now for the pre-apprenticeship program at JARTS or the Refrigeration Mechanic ELTT program at BCIT. I know a year ago the waiting list for the BCIT program was 2 years. As soon as you enter either of these programs after high school, go around to every HVAC/R company in your area and try to get your foot in the door.

    Modern Refrigeration is the textbook you will use if you take your apprenticeship training at JARTS each year. I'm not sure if BCIT uses the same book. I'm currently doing my apprenticeship level 1 at JARTS and it's a good school.

  2. #28

    HVAC World

    If I were starting out. I would pay attention to where technology is going. Computers, a good control guys is invaluable. Also if you can understand the computer side of things like Tracer Summitt or Honeywell and get to know your way around those systems this is a very small field of people. The general knowledge of this business is priceless. If you have a passion for this field and stay up on current issues. I say go for it and someday you will be a valued employee. If you don't have the customer service skills you will not go far so brush up on being a people person.

    Good Luck!!

  3. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp fox View Post
    You seem pretty smart and mature for your age, run away from this business as fast as you can, we are underpaid and work too hard
    if we don't trick, i mean encourage new youngsters in to the trade to fill in for the techs retiring they may never let us go. then we will all be screwed. don't believe what swampfox said. come over to dark side
    Air conditioning to all and to all a good night

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by comfort comando View Post
    if we don't trick, i mean encourage new youngsters in to the trade to fill in for the techs retiring they may never let us go. then we will all be screwed. don't believe what swampfox said. come over to dark side
    Yes! I sense the force is strong in this one.
    And the mind just feeble enough
    Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. Al Franken, "Oh, the Things I Know", 2002

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