Afternoon all. Been lurking for a while and really enjoy this forum.
I have been doing refrigeration maintenance for roughly a year. Came from over a decade of spinning a wrench on cars. Before the transition the wife and I talked for hours on whether or not it was a wise choice. Anyway enough rambling
After a year, its time to make some decisions on whether or not I am willing to stay in this business.
It really stinks that im not on the repair side yet, but, Its been kinda culture shock working 50-70 hours a week. Still working on dealing with making decisions with minimum sleep. Sleep deprivation is interesting to say the least.
Being way backed up on pm's does not leave much time to really learn the systems im working with. So at this point, I can not logically put entire blame on my employer for not advancing yet. Although my employer did change the "rules" for advancment, but, at this point that is a non-issue.
I can honestly tell ya, I am smelling stuff that is so fould I am quite amazed that the human body can even process it. Sorry, but I have seriously contemplated Never cutting my nose hairs again. I need some filtration..
Anyway, im gonna go on forever on this and need to get to the reason for post.
I need to know if a few of the things I am really having issues overcoming are an industry issue, or just a bi-product of my employer.
First,, Times to be on site in mornings, or dispatch times. Mine vary from 4 am dispatch to 7 am. Consistantly. Not just on weeks im on call. Working late does not bother me a whole lot, But im having difficulty dealing with start times. Would be nice with little more consistancy.
Second,,,, Schedules. I know end of day schedules are impossible. but, what im talking about is on call, weekend schedules. I just found out yesterday at 5pm that I am on call this week. The only time we received a decent schedule was middle of April we got the May Schedule. All other times its a last minute thing. Needless to say I have been burned a few times by this. Is this common for other employers also? Or do you know your schedule earlier so you can make plans?
I have more but dont need to kill all the server on this one post, sorry for the length....