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  1. #326
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    Hi, I have been a member here since 2008. I have been in the business side of this industry more so than the tech side. I do enjoy this forum and hope to learn as well as share some of my business knowledge. Thanks, Jim

  2. #327
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    I fell into this business at the start. Being a hard working individual who is somewhat bright, 29 act and 1280 sat, and willing to get dirty I moved up quickly. I'm a competent installer and service tech for residential and light commercial hvac units. Fortunately I haven't fallen into the know it all trap like so many techs have and try to learn something new everyday and be better than I was yesterday.

  3. #328
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    Just wanted to say hello and welcome to all you below me here. Good luck and hope to see you all in the pro section soon.
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    The statement below is my signature and just my overall feeling towards our industry and does not necessarily pertain to you nor this thread.


    There really isn't a legitimate excuse for not doing the job correctly!

  4. #329
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    May 2011
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    clayton nc
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    Hello all,

    Ive just started out in the trade at the tender age of 40. While I did have about 2 years in installation, I was basically responsible for installing the duct work, placing the units and wiring up any related systems. I couldnt afford to get my epa at the time so someone else had to charge the systems.

    My background was primarily Electrical, and plumbing before that. Well now I work for a property management company that has given me the opportunity to get my universal (which I did) and they have basically thrown me to the wolves. However I enjoy the challenge, and realize at the same time I dont know Jack so Im doing ALOT of reading and learning as I go.

    Looking forward to learning all I can, so I can move forward into a full time Hvac position.

  5. #330
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfischer View Post
    Hello all,
    Welcome
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    The statement below is my signature and just my overall feeling towards our industry and does not necessarily pertain to you nor this thread.


    There really isn't a legitimate excuse for not doing the job correctly!

  6. #331
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    May 2011
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    fort lauderdale, Fl
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    hello

    im new to the site and new to the trade. im 20 years old and i love working a/c units. im almost done with school and ready to work

  7. #332
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    Jan 2011
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    New to the site, trying to go pro.

    Work as a mechanical engineer at a company that makes HVAC equipment. I program our DDC controllers. I constantly look on this site for tips on making our products easy to integrate with.

  8. #333
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    Andover Kansas
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    Welcome guys and good luck!
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    The statement below is my signature and just my overall feeling towards our industry and does not necessarily pertain to you nor this thread.


    There really isn't a legitimate excuse for not doing the job correctly!

  9. #334
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    Sep 2010
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    New member

    Been a member for a while now, but this is my first post. I'm currently going to Tech School and I have just completed my first year of residential. Next semester starts commercial. I have applied at several places but I feel that the fact that I am still attending school and also the fact that two days a week I am unavailable due to a Summer course is hurting my chances. Any suggestions?

  10. #335
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    Payette, Idaho
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    New Member

    Just thought I would introduce myself.

    25 years ago I went to UTI in Phoenix (when the had a HVAC/R Program there) not even knowing what a thermostat was. Half way through the course I realized I must be crazy for I will be working the hardest when it is the hottest or coldest out. I finished the course, because I never quite something I have started.

    To show you how crazy I am (though a psychologist said I wasn't worth certifying), I've had my own business now for the last 15 years. I did finally learn that I'm not a good people manager, so I am a content 1 man shop.

    Look forward to becoming Pro, and talking with the other crazies.

  11. #336
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo2327 View Post
    Just thought I would introduce myself.

    25 years ago I went to UTI in Phoenix (when the had a HVAC/R Program there) not even knowing what a thermostat was. Half way through the course I realized I must be crazy for I will be working the hardest when it is the hottest or coldest out. I finished the course, because I never quite something I have started.

    To show you how crazy I am (though a psychologist said I wasn't worth certifying), I've had my own business now for the last 15 years. I did finally learn that I'm not a good people manager, so I am a content 1 man shop.

    Look forward to becoming Pro, and talking with the other crazies.
    Great, another passionate HVAC crazy nut job!

    Welcome to the site, you're gonna love this joint!

  12. #337
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    New Member

    Quote Originally Posted by Oxy Moron View Post
    Been a member for a while now, but this is my first post. I'm currently going to Tech School and I have just completed my first year of residential. Next semester starts commercial. I have applied at several places but I feel that the fact that I am still attending school and also the fact that two days a week I am unavailable due to a Summer course is hurting my chances. Any suggestions?
    To respond to my own question. I guess what I am trying to say is while I have learned a tremendous amount in school, I meet a lot of people in the trade who have never gone to a formal school and are doing fine. So my question is should I keep at the school side or is it better to get a job in the trade now and forget school?

  13. #338
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    Payette, Idaho
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    Unless you aren't learning anything in school, stay. Learn the theory and the basics, and you will be further ahead in the long run. I'm still grateful for what I leaned in school 25 years ago.

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