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  1. #1
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    eager to learn industrial refrigeration

    Hey there, looking for some advice. ive been in this trade for about 4 years now, im 23 years young ive been working on mainly commercial a/c and refrigeration equipment, reach in coolers and walk in boxes, a/c up to about 50 tons. not being cocky in anyway but id rather keep learning and picking my brain. a few cooling towers. but i really want to get more into the industrial refrigeration. i hear the other techs talking about rack refrigeration,refrigeration for medicines. ice rooms, refrigeration for these large farms and the more technical shhhh. im in the low 20's now. i know ill take a paycut switching to a new company. ill even go down to probably a helpers scale. if its going to pay off. do you think i have a chance getting into some industrial refrigeration company or do they usually only higher more of the older techs with 15+ years experience. by the way im in miami,Fl.

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    its all the same

    Just bigger nuts. Dont be intimadated. Company's like young go getters as they can beat you up a little. Us old guys are to grummpy and set in our ways.

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    I grew up in this field with my grandpa teaching me how and giving me the opportunity to teach myself along way. One route you might consider is getting on in the service department for a major chain grocery store in your area. Some offer training others it's trial by fire. I tend to learn better reading service manuals and trial by fire method. But it's something to consider. FYI I'm not all that old only 33 and learn something new everyday. That's why I love this field I'm not stuck in a office and it's something new every day.

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    One of the guys I work with had this to say "refrigeration is refrigeration. The compressor sucks and farts"

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    Check out www.sourcerefrigeration.com This company has 30 branches and 1000 employees mostly in the western states, they do mostly supermarket rack refrigeration and they recently opened a branch in Florida. Also check out www.reta.com www.nttinc.com www.rses.org also you have enough posts apply for pro membership there is a lot of training on this site for pro members! RETA is the Refrigeration Engineers and Technicians Association. These are the big Industrial Ammonia Guys.
    Challenge yourself, take the CM test --- Certificate Member since 2004 ---Join RSES ---the HVAC/R training authority ---www.rses.org

  6. #6
    I have been working as an Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Technician for a long time. And the advice that was given to me when I was asking the same questions that you are was;

    1) Check into going to Garden City, Kansas and enroling in the Garden City Ammonia Program (Operator 1 Course)
    2) While your in Garden City, KS apply to take the R.E.T.A. CARO (Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator) Test. Dont worry the Operator 1 Course at GCAP will get you more than prepared to take the R.E.T.A. CARO Test.
    3) Get as much expirence with Ammonia (R717) as you possibly can. It wont be easy since you dont have very much expirence with Ammonia as of late. But to say that you will take a pay cut is not necessarly correct. Industrial Refrigeration Techs make more money than Residential and Commerical Techs. Trust me.

    Making the choice to move into the Industrial Refrigeration Field is a very rewarding choice. But beware as the new guy you'll end up doing all the "crap jobs", such as cleaning out the Condensers, Changing the Coalescers and pretty much anything that will cause you to have to smell Ammonia. But dont get discouraged all Ammonia Technicians start out this way and most of the vets still have to do the "crap" jobs. Trust me, I know...

    Please feel free to email me with any questions reguarding how to get into the Ammonia business or what type of other certifications would help benefit you, or just random question about Ammonia Refrigerated Systems.

    Thanks,
    -Chris

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    Are you suuuure ind refer guys make more than comm hvac guys???

    QUOTE=Nh3 Refrigeration Tech;14176161]I have been working as an Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Technician for a long time. And the advice that was given to me when I was asking the same questions that you are was;

    1) Check into going to Garden City, Kansas and enroling in the Garden City Ammonia Program (Operator 1 Course)
    2) While your in Garden City, KS apply to take the R.E.T.A. CARO (Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator) Test. Dont worry the Operator 1 Course at GCAP will get you more than prepared to take the R.E.T.A. CARO Test.
    3) Get as much expirence with Ammonia (R717) as you possibly can. It wont be easy since you dont have very much expirence with Ammonia as of late. But to say that you will take a pay cut is not necessarly correct. Industrial Refrigeration Techs make more money than Residential and Commerical Techs. Trust me.

    Making the choice to move into the Industrial Refrigeration Field is a very rewarding choice. But beware as the new guy you'll end up doing all the "crap jobs", such as cleaning out the Condensers, Changing the Coalescers and pretty much anything that will cause you to have to smell Ammonia. But dont get discouraged all Ammonia Technicians start out this way and most of the vets still have to do the "crap" jobs. Trust me, I know...

    Please feel free to email me with any questions reguarding how to get into the Ammonia business or what type of other certifications would help benefit you, or just random question about Ammonia Refrigerated Systems.

    Thanks,
    -Chris[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=supertek65;14177191][





    Are you suuuure ind refer guys make more than comm hvac guys???









    Are you suuurre the dont make more money¿¿¿¿¿¿¿&#1 91;





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    Check ammoniatraining.org out. They look like a nice place to train at. Lanier Tech is near me that looks pretty good as well. Good luck to you.v

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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
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    Are you suuuure ind refer guys make more than comm hvac guys???
    I'm positive.

  11. #11
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    Dont most Industrial Refrigeration Plants have underpaid maintainers/Refrigeration Techs that only use service companies when the crappo hits the fan or for installation jobs. Dont most Industrial Refrigeration Techs that are worth their salt travel world wide and are no where paid what they are worth. Travel, Travel, Travel???

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    [Not like it really matters to me?

    But according to the numbers you have posted here you would not be.


    QUOTE=Nh3 Refrigeration Tech;14184621]I'm positive.[e/QUOTE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by synergy View Post
    Just bigger nuts. Dont be intimadated. Company's like young go getters as they can beat you up a little. Us old guys are to grummpy and set in our ways.
    Your worth what the company is willing to pay you based on your experience. This goes for which ever field your in. If you want to go with another company and expect a pay cut, regardless of the experience can you support yourself? also, set a goal, how long will it take for you to get back what your making now or more. This of course is based on how well you do. But, talking openly of your desires with the new company will help you make those decisions. Don't think they will do the right thing when the time comes. You want to know how advancement works, how many accounts they service, how busy they are and what their turn over rate is. Talk to other local techs and get their feed back. You don't want to get caught where they are busy then lay off when its slow.

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