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    Quote Originally Posted by klove View Post
    Depends on what you consider proficient. I'm going on 35 years at it, and I've gotten to the point that my week just ain't complete unless at least once in that time period it feels like somebody took my brain out, turned it around, and left the dumb part in the front.........
    Huge amount of experience on this forum, its very humbling .
    Not only Klove but the majority of you guys are at a level that i could only dream of , I respectfully mean it

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    I have been an rtu guy for a long time. This is my second year now getting good exposure to centrifugals and screws. been to entech and also getting some real good ojt. to me, chillers are addictive. centrifugals, especially trane...seem easier to work on and understand that just about anything. (i hope that doesnt upset anyone) once you get your head around them that is. knowing the panels and controls and the machine will most often tell you where to look. im super excited about moving up in to chiller work and having a blast learning again. it kind of becomes a passion that you think about even while not at work. just my 2 cents

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    Chiller work would be fine if you didn't have to deal with the politics and property management. If you are doing overhauls frequently, your bones will hate you for it later on. I've got tendonitis in my left elbow that will keep me from working the heavy iron for now and possibly for good. Sucks getting older.
    It might get loud!

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    Retired from Trane a while back. All offices may not be the same. Ours was by account. Long periods of boring inspections and once in a while a teardown or control retrofit to keep the interest up. Best thing about factory service was the phenominal support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klove View Post
    Depends on what you consider proficient. I'm going on 35 years at it, and I've gotten to the point that my week just ain't complete unless at least once in that time period it feels like somebody took my brain out, turned it around, and left the dumb part in the front.........
    I remember that quote! But next week I won't!
    "I'm from Texas, what country are you from?"

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    [QUOTE=deltap10;6990292]Retired from Trane a while back. All offices may not be the same. Ours was by account. Long periods of boring inspections and once in a while a teardown or control retrofit to keep the interest up. Best thing about factory service was the phenominal support.[/QUOT
    How many years did you work for trane?

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    12yrs

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    Do you miss it sir? I think i will its definitely NOT boring Cooling season starts winding down then its time for some combustion

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    To each his own opinion. I don't mean to sound sour. Trane is a good company. I did well financially and have provided for retirement. I will return for a few months a year to supplement my retirement. I miss the people and to some degree not being productive. In FL there is no heating season. Try punching tubes for 3 months on end and tell me its not boring. Even with a helper its tedius. Much of the work is low tech repetitive. I am in good physical condition but arthritus sets in with age no matter what. I worked mostly on water cooled chillers which have gone from 500t average to 2500 ton duplexes. Thats around 1000 40 ft cond tubes. Thank God for the parts store, windshield time, and talk radio. I still have all ten fingers and toes to count with although some are a bit crushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doesn'tPhaseMe View Post
    If my office called and said they have 2 service calls, a 1000 ton centrifugal or a 10 ton rtu and take your pick. Without any hesitation at all it would be the centrifugal.

    It's more challanging work that keeps your brain from turning into baby food. You work on the same accounts and machines for years, learn the sites and their quirks. Then most of the time you know what is wrong before you get there.
    Forget that! I want the 10 ton rtu. all i need is a 5/16 nut driver, fluke meter and a set of gauges and i will have it running. No rigging, chain falls, grinder box, machinists box, tool box, trollys........................................... .................................................. .................................................. .................................................. .......... oh my back hurts, I got to stop!
    "Dying aint much, its living thats hard." (Josey Whales)

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    I did ten + yrs doing rooftops and now 13 yrs doing chillers . I know where I would rather be .
    Punchin tubes maybe boring but it pays the same .
    I would much rather be in a warm mech room with the tunes on punchin' tubes than freezin' my ass off in 30 below wind and drivin' snow trying to get some POS rooftop up and running (when it should have been junked 15yrs ago )changing ventor motors and ignitors etc .
    The 64 roars to life Whoo hoo ...shes a rolling chassis .
    You bend em" I"ll mend em" !!!!!!!
    I"m not a service tech.. I"m a thermodynamic transfer analyst & strategic system sustainability specialist
    Best Austin Healey In Show twice in 2013 .....All those hrs paid off .

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    "Tha 'no's which side thi breads buttered ah kid".

    Hey Graham did you do your IP red seal certificate, or just do a local exam for where you live? If you did can you guide me to the right section of the CSA, and do you know if they've got a set of sample questions? Ive got the CEC so far, so I can sit that exam when I do get there and work as a sparky as a means to an end. Until I get the neccessary fridge and gas quals to do the same job I do over here.

    Thanks in advance.
    Martyn

    50 & 60 hz but 100's worse

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    Chilliwilly . I just put my email addy in my profile , send me an email and I will tell you how I did it .
    The 64 roars to life Whoo hoo ...shes a rolling chassis .
    You bend em" I"ll mend em" !!!!!!!
    I"m not a service tech.. I"m a thermodynamic transfer analyst & strategic system sustainability specialist
    Best Austin Healey In Show twice in 2013 .....All those hrs paid off .

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