Lazy isnt a bad word! But uneducated or "under-educated" certainly is!!!
I have looked at the incoming snail mail a doctor gets daily. It is a pile!!! It is about continuing education. Materials to bone up on the latest techniques and proceedures.
My wife is a nurse. She is required by law, to continue to study to show herself approved! It is called CEU's! She is required by law to go and study more things every singe year she is holding her license.
But is the same true about our industry?
Is there anyone holding us to any standard of "Continuing Educational Units"?
So this one employer says he encourages his tech's to study the materials he provides for them. So what?
Not all people learn the same way.
So another employer says his techs are NATE.
Once they studied and learned how to pass the exam ... they are over with studying and right back to their old ways once again.
Possibly taking the NATE was a job requirement or possibly it meant a raise.
But once the exam was in the past ... it was left there. To collect dust!
There is little or no motivation in the very best shops ... to provide suitable training materials AND get that material into the techs.
It is just not happening!
And in our industry, there is NOT a single organisation which has been chosen, selected, voted into being which will hold us to the highest standards available!
I am not talking gov regulations here.
I am simply stating the fact that a guy can be a tech and not know his potential because he sint educated to his full potential. And he doenst have a clue there even is a full potential. Much less how to acheive it.
And when employers dont want to spend the moeny to send their people to day or weekend training seminars ... much less a week long affair ... how is a guy to make it?
They dont. They dont go to the seminars.
They stay home and work in place of attending the day long ice machine seminar, which is being held in their own town, just up the street.
And their service manager never ever even once mentioned it was happening and would allow time off to go. With or without pay.
Even though it was during a time of the season when work was so slow, the guys were averaging less then half their forty already.
So what's the answer?
or do we just do what usually takes place....