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  1. #14
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    Originally posted by docholiday
    As if Engineers get treated with any respect out of this crowd?

    Certain ones do.

    But they're far and few between.

    Scott, you should do installation for awhile, then some service, and decide which you prefer after that.

    As posted above some where, try and find a company that does both hvac, and refrigeration.

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  2. #15
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    if you want a long carrer learn every thing you can instalation, sheetmetel, pipefiting, service any thing. the more you know and prove you can do the more value your stock is what you learn in one aspect will help in another. if you get a taste of them all you know what you like to do. not all are cut out for service work.

  3. #16
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by docholiday

    I wouldnt race to get into a Union if you need work. There are too many opportunities that dont require you to deal with the politics. Find a family buisiness where the turnstyles are not located in the employment doors.

    too tired.

    [Edited by tinner73 on 07-13-2005 at 10:46 PM]

  4. #17
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by docholiday

    So we are clear, no one owes you a job, that is something you have to find on your own and earn. That said there is a real shortage of techs in this industry. Knock on some doors and present yourself fairly. I'm not hopefull that a refrigeration company whos work keeps $100,000 worth of product from going bad is going to throw you into a grocery store alone.

    You really have to decide what you want to do. There are HVAC/Refrigeration companies who will give you opportunities to gradually work into refrigeration. If you choose installation, you will gain some working knowlege that trade school never touched on and with the mentoring from a seasoned installer you can move into service in a few years. I will tell you that if you try to get into service right off the bat, odds are you will be slamming filters and changing belts for a couple of years losing recently aquired knowlege. Company owners simply cannot afford to send a green tech on potentially complicated service calls and rarely will they pair you up in service but they will happily let your do PM

    i agree with doc. there is a lot to learn it this trade. being you are fresh out of school is goog but you only learned the basics of service. a good company will not through you to the wolfs and put you on your own for a long time. it would be more to your advantage to just go to work with a company that does it all. be willing to start at the bottom and learn your way up. the more you know the more value you have and the company will bennifit more also. takes time. i have a guy fresh out of lyncoln tech a year and a half ago. he is ok with service on pm and simple things but found he likes install better. so he is working with the installers and helps on service when needed. you may find the same thing or like me like doing it all. every one has differant ideas of what they preffer
    good luck
    i was union for 15 years and one thing i can say is you only do what the union spicifit to
    learn it all and then decide what you like the best

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  6. #19
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    One more time: hear these words and listen real closely

    So we are clear, no one owes you a job, that is something you have to find on your own and earn. And something only you can work at to improve yourself or being satisfied at the level that you are at . Keep in mind that if you can get into a union you will be going through school for at least 4 more years or you can , and probably should continue in school anyway. Try a few jobs out and see what you like best

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