I'm a newbie here at HVAC-Talk and would just like to say hi, and get some advice.
I am 30 years old and work at a University here in the Oklahoma City Metro and have been working here as a power plant operator for the past 5 years. It has been very limited control work as most of my job deals with Electrical Generation and Chillwater and Heating systems.
Before this job, I had worked as a commercial building automations tech for about 6 years. Starting in Houston Texas for a company called Enco Systems doing Andover and Johnson Controls. I started out at the bottom doing installation and worked my way up to the service and software side. I then moved to Oklahoma City and took a job with Automated Building Systems doing Barber-Colman, Invensys, and some other varied control systems like Pheonix etc.
I loved what I was doing. And to say that I have had nightmares about losing that job because of my young and stupid immature age is a BIG understatement. I just took they great position that I had at the age of 24 pretty lightly.
I went on to a Fire Controls and Suppression company after that job and was soon laid off 3 months later along with 4 others due to lack of work. I then took the job at the university that I am now employed because of my experience with their control system on campus and some people that I had met while working at Automated Building Systems.
I would love to get back into doing JUST commercial building automation. I love doing it and I find it to be the most rewarding and fun job I have ever had. I'm not afraid of work and I am VERY intelligent (although my common sense IQ has dropped a couple of times in my life) and I have NO problem with the picking up on the apptitude of mechanical/electrical controls.
If anyone has any ideas how to cross back over to this field in the okc metro area, I would love to hear from you.
There are limited companies here and I am making very good money what I am doing now (18.00 - 19.00 dollar range).
I am currently working on my Mechanical HVAC Journeyman and have been approved to take the test from the state.
Any help is appreciated guys.
I've read through some of the posts on here, and you guys' definatly seem to know your stuff...
Any body have any schools they have taken in the Building automations control field? Theres not many "non specific" schools to be had from my experience..