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    10 most important things!

    Starting a new discussion going in a better direction.

    Dearest people of the Gen Disco,

    If you were hiring today employees either off the street or out of vo-tech what are the 10 most important things they should know?

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    1. Respect Seniors, watch and learn from them, as they have aquired lots of experience that you can learn faster from and save a lot of trial and errors at the expense of customers.

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    That's a good one. Most of my experience was past down to me from senior technicians.

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    Ditto on Respect.

    It's tied for first place along with Honesty, Reliability, a desire to Learn and (big in my book) COMMON SENSE !

    I'll have to get back to y'all on the next 5.
    If sense were so common everyone would have it !

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    No Smoking = don't try to blow smoke up anyones butt

    Remember those three little words ... I DON'T KNOW, {but i'll find out}

    Your navel is not a periscope = Keep your head out of your butt

    Your mother doesn't work here = pick up after yourself.

    If all else fails, THINK!

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    1. How to communicate effectively. (to their piers, to their management and to their customers). To tailor their communication style to their audience.
    2. A passion for learning new things
    3. Mechanical, electrical, physics basic apptitude.
    4. Ability to interpret theory and apply it to the given situation.
    5. SYSTEMATIC TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS (should probably be #1 on the list) (ex: 7 step problem solving, fishbone diagrams, etc)
    6. Desire for the job
    7. Ethics
    8. Time management


    After these things, the rest comes easy. Unfortunatly not all these things can be effectively taught.

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    1 Drink light beer.

    2 Smoke full flavored!

    3 Don't tell her your real name.

    4 Be patient, take your time.

    5 Do it right the first time.

    6 Just tell the damn truth.

    7 Do as you say.

    8 If you don't know ask.

    9 Look and act professional

    10 Make lots of money
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    Numero uno: Safety! A careless tech could end up costing you more than any ten sharp techs could make you.
    Low Pressure Forever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by davefr View Post
    1. How to communicate effectively. (to their piers, to their management and to their customers). To tailor their communication style to their audience.
    2. A passion for learning new things
    3. Mechanical, electrical, physics basic apptitude.
    4. Ability to interpret theory and apply it to the given situation.
    5. SYSTEMATIC TROUBLESHOOTING SKILLS (should probably be #1 on the list) (ex: 7 step problem solving, fishbone diagrams, etc)
    6. Desire for the job
    7. Ethics
    8. Time management


    After these things, the rest comes easy. Unfortunatly not all these things can be effectively taught.

    Nice list.

    But before any of that, be able to work SAFELY, and also not endanger anyone else or any property WHILE you are working safely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChillerWisperer View Post
    Numero uno: Safety! A careless tech could end up costing you more than any ten sharp techs could make you.
    You were typing while I was, weren't you?

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    Listen with your ears, not your mouth..

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    Integrity multiplied by 10

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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Nice list.

    But before any of that, be able to work SAFELY, and also not endanger anyone else or any property WHILE you are working safely.
    You're right. Being able to gate every action based on the safety aspect is critical.

    Safety needs to be an unwaivering part of the entire organization's culture.

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