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  1. #14
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    I got hired by a union shop right out of tech school, actually I was working two days a week during my last quarter of school. I rode along less and less gradually. I had my own van and was doing some solo PMs before I was even out of tech school. I’ve been out of school eight years and occasionally I’m still the helper, for learning purposes on some of the bigger or more unusual pieces of equipment.

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    Awsome red man. I have been doing preventive maintenance on all my familys houses. Like cleaning condensers and taking notes on Amps and ohms on the compressor and ohming basic stuff. Really there just being nice enough to let me play with there systems. lol


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    After I finished my schooling I worked in Refrigeration for a company that did a lot of the Rack Systems at the Supermarkets. I felt lucky just to have that job and learned a lot in a short amount of time. My current job is an AC Tech for the government. I am more comfortable now because I work with a good bunch of guys who do things right the first time and have a wealth of experience.&

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    Nice Chris...!i have a interest as well in commercial refrigeration. Not sure which way to go.


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    Well I started as an unpaid intern my second semester as part of a work experience program. Would ride along with a guy 3 days a week. Then they hired me on when the semester was over. That was doing residential, which I hated and still do to this day. I was there about 6 months before I got canned for lack of convincing people to buy shit they didnt need.

    Then I got hired by my cousin who is a project manager at a union shop, to be a retrofit tech. I was supposed to be working on projects and learning the trade. I ended up in the warehouse for 6 months because when the retrofit tech thing fell apart the unitary service manager wouldn't bring me in with his guys because he hated my cousin. And the chiller team didnt want me because they already had an apprentice. So I was in limbo as an apprentice learning what I could when they weren't having me be a parts *****. I got canned due to budget cuts.

    I was going to quit the union but I managed to land at another shop before my self imposed cut off date. I've been here little over 2 years. I was thrown to the wolves. Int hose two years I've worked on hydronics, chillers, process chillers, steam boilers, steam systems, MRI chillers, kitchen refrigeration, morgue refrigeration, regular boring package units, and probably other stuff I forget about. Cant say I'm happy at the company due to the fact the owner thinks we are all idiots and the culture of the company doesnt generally care for service techs. I do enjoy what I do most days.

    If you end up doing refrigeration you better get used to getting yelled at for not arriving 5 minutes after the unit went down. Remember everything is your fault, even if one of the kitchen workers didnt close the walkin freezer door all the way after leaving it open for 2 hours so the delivery guy could stock it with product....

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    Dang that’s sounds like a crazy journey


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody2306 View Post
    Dang that’s sounds like a crazy journey


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    Yea it kinda has been. It also cost me a fiancee and a number of girlfriends. Depending on what kind of contracts your employer has you can have a regular 9-5 type schedule with the occasional OT and on call. Or like when I first started working 60+ hours a week at all sorts of odd times because you're the cheapest guy at your company. My schedule is a more stable now, but I'll never forget after my first day my foreman calling me to tell me to be at the jobsite at 3AM because we had to adjust something in the ORs at the hospital.

    I dont know what being a new guy filter slammer is like as I really only started doing PMs recently and only when it's really slow for me. I'm usually the guy they send to fix the most messed up stuff because that's what I got used to working on.

    I will also say it helps to have a boss that you can be open with. My foreman let's me vent to him alot because it helps keep down tension and he knows I tend to be very blunt with people regardless of their position. I know I can go to him with anything and tell him anything that's on my mind.

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    You just brought back a flood of memories.

    I took a lot of notes, which included questions, back when I was a newbie.

    Basically, in my very early years, I proved myself better than most, so I was thrown to the wolves to fend for myself. Still get thrown to the wolves, LOL.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cody2306 View Post
    Thanks. Yeah a lot of my questions I have when my brain is ticking I will google and this sight normally pops up. Tons of info on this forum already. Thanks for the reply


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    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    If you have a choice, go with refrigeration while you are younger. Learn all you can.

    Then when you get older, you go to A/C work. Because you'll get tired of the overtime required for refer work.

    But that refer work with the overtime can put some good change in your pocket to set you up for later. Just try to save a bit every week with some sort of retirement plan.


    Quote Originally Posted by Cody2306 View Post
    Nice Chris...!i have a interest as well in commercial refrigeration. Not sure which way to go.


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    If you were a real tech, you'd solder a relay on that board and call it good to go.

    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Thanks bb


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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    You just brought back a flood of memories.

    I took a lot of notes, which included questions, back when I was a newbie.

    Basically, in my very early years, I proved myself better than most, so I was thrown to the wolves to fend for myself. Still get thrown to the wolves, LOL.
    That's basically what my foreman did to me. I didnt mind because it was better than being in the warehouse not being able to work on anything.

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