If I was to measure my abilities , experience and know how about this trade against all the guys I have come into contact with and that I have true respect for in the industry, I feel really small.
Then I take into account all the others I have worked with. How many of you guys, know a few guys, thast think there really good mechanics but they really are not.? How do these kinds of people get created?
I worked a job once where I was doing grocery work, and the bulk of the technicians did not truly know what a full column of liquid was or what to measure it by, such as subcooling. These same category of people, would look at frost on a copper pipe suction and automatically think it was flooding, even though the Saturated Suction Temperature might be -30 degrees. You guys around here think this is silly stuff. But I know I have run with men who did not know these basic things. And somehow they get through a day, a month, a year.
I use to get real pissed off about that. Here I am killing myself, and I don't make the coin or I am not in the favor of my boss when the idiots get all the breaks.
I wish to hell I get to be a bigger shop and really do some cool refrigeration stuff. I love it. I think it will be awesome to sit back at 50 and say. "Yeagh, the company I built from scratch built all those cold storage warehouses".
But. I don't know how the hell I will get there with the bulk of what technicians are out there right now. I just wish I could sit down with an already self made guy and have him tell me exactly how he pulled it off.