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  1. #14
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    thanks guys for all the positive posts. ya,i am proud that he wants to follow in my footsteps but you know when your a parent you want your kids to have a better life(not being on roofs in allthe weather we get to enjoy).

    he is mechanicaly inclined as we are restoring an antique motorcycle together.

    thanks again guys

  2. #15
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    Sep 2008
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    arlington, tx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airmechanical View Post
    they sell a TRE (timing retard eliminator) that disables the governor!



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    i cant do anything to void the warranty

  3. #16
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    Sep 2008
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    Western PA
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    Second generation here. My dad is now a retired fitter with probably 40 years in the trade. I now have 14 years in and don't often look back. At 33 years old, I make a good wage and have very little to fear in these uncertain economic times.

    On the other hand, one of our other journeymen got his son into the union about 4 years ago. He put 4 years into the apprenticeship and was well on his way to a successful career. Something went wrong, he went on a bender and decided that R/HVAC is not for him and dropped out completely.

    As I understand it, he is happily crushing cars at a scrap yard, now. Whatever floats your boat, I guess.

  4. #17
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    Oct 2008
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    North Jersey
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    I tell you what I would encourage him you know he will always make a good living. And I know this is true in my area there is no youngblood coming into the industry like it was when I started. I mean look at the average age of the techs anywhere It seems a lot higher than it used to be. I have no regrets about being in this business.

  5. #18
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    Feb 2007
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    I will tell you something i"m only 23 years old and i started in this field when i was 19 its been rewarding for me because i absoutly love working with my hands and also love a challenge, i was fortunenate spelling to get in with a awesome company where i look foward from day to day to go to work, yes i am young but i do know a great deal been working on big units ranging from 5 tons to 300 tons of cooling from rtu to chillers. I absoultly love chillers hehe but my father is a electrican, i was gonna follow but i wanted more of a challenge.

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