I've been working in property maintenance for about 7 years.
I have about 6 years exp with repairing furnaces and 4-5 reapairing the mechanical and electrical portions of A/C, and 1 year with my EPA universal cert.
I know it sounds funny put like that, but for the first couple years, the company I worked for didn't want to invest in the equipment and training so just contracted out anytime an A/c seemed to have a refrigerant related problem.
I think it was after a very expensive 2002 that my supervisor convinced the owners that he knew enough about A/c that if he got a big raise, he would do the work, and it would be cheaper for them. So in 2003 he took the epa test and after his second try got type 1 certified. That summer (2003) he tried to teach me what he knew, but that amounted to "beer can cold" and "because I said so" when I asked questions. I didn't think I could afford school, so I started reading books at the library and found this site.
In 2004 I was trying to understand some of the stuff I was reading and when I'd ask more specific questions and try to talk about the how's and why's I'd get "that's a stupid question, get all that tech book bull**** out of your head that isn't the way it is in the real world". I probly should have paid for the epa test myself that year and left, but things didn't work out that way.
In April of this year, I finally could afford to go to night school, and had decided to look for a new job as soon as I got epa certified, which would be taken about half way thru the 10 month course. I didn't tell anyone at work I was in school because I knew it'd just cause conflict with my supervisor. After I was in school for about a month my supervisor got tired of doing after hours and weekend A/C calls and said I knew enough to do them (which I did, but no thanks to anything he taught me). He convinced the company to pay for me to get certified, got Universal on the first try. I know, not such a big deal, but I was lead to belive it was a hard test and the reason why the company wouldn't pay for me to take it in 2004 was because my supervisor said I wouldn't pass because he hadn't trained me enough yet.
Unfortunately for me my summer was cut short when I broke 3 bones in my foot, it was a non-work related injury and I lost my job.
Trying to cut this long story short, the doctor is clearing me to go back to work in January, and I'm looking for a full time job doing some sort of HVAC work. I have lots of experince doing PM's and repair's. Almost none doing installs.
Email is my user name @hotmail(dot)com