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    New member PNW

    Guess here is as good as any....
    3rd week into Associate Tech. Degree for HVAC-R. Washington State
    Not sure if student qualifies member status but Iíll be in industry in no time.
    At 37 years old I decided to leave multi family residential maintenance tech. job of 4.5 years to study HVAC.
    This after odd construction jobs and production welding since I was allowed to work and pay taxes... 16 yrs old.
    A friend of mine told me Iíd do well in Refrigeration, so here I go.
    Still impressed by how technical the field is and surprised by its diversity.
    Where Iím currently at is: electrical theory and gas laws. Didnít think I was signing up to be a scientist....
    My initial impressions were wrong and just like to honor yíall for your intelligence. This is not turning wrenches and throwing parts at something till it works.
    Iím betting itíll be a challenge just to learn the basics, but thatís what gets my interest.
    Sorry if kinda long read here but thx for having me.
    Hopefully this is a good learning resource.
    If this isnít the place for a student, I understand.




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    Welcome.
    Get your post count up. Apply for Pro status.
    Majer info available behind closed doors.

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    Students can learn a lot here, you just need to ask the questions. Welcome.


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    Thx for the welcome.
    Iíll try and contribute to threads as I get more familiar and when my thoughts apply.
    Where are the shenanigans at? Need to get a feel or the crazies here, are there any? Iím sure thereís a couple. Another forum I am in there were many. Different subject matter but community is awesome!
    I tend to be more reserved but can be full of nonsense at times.
    Some folks can just rip you up, humorously of course or else they donít stay.
    Thatís the fun part though, discerning the sarcasm. If done well. Innocent, harmless and witty.
    Last forum the character that stood out was ďChappyĒ I bet thereís a Chappy here.
    No spoilers please, Iíll find Ďem.
    Thx again for the welcome.


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    As a student, I must say that you can learn a lot here. I'm new here too but already found very useful info. And as I can see members won't mind helping you. Welcome

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    Just something for students to think about concerning this field.

    In a lot of fields you go to school to learn the field then go into the field and do the job. This field I feel is different. Here you come to learn the basics. Think of it as a puzzle. You are learning the basics, you are putting pieces together but you can't see what the picture is yet. As you learn and grow adding more pieces you will start to get a vision of the picture. The more you grow and learn the clearer the picture becomes and you will find you want to add more pieces going one direction or another. The thing is you will never find the edge of the puzzle. The filed is growing faster than you can keep up so no one will ever know everything there is to know about this industry. But as a good member of this site has said "No one will ever know all there is to know about this industry, but collectively, we on this site come very close."

    Good luck!

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    Welcome! I'm a residential tech from Portland, Oregon since 2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by BNME8EZ View Post
    Just something for students to think about concerning this field.

    In a lot of fields you go to school to learn the field then go into the field and do the job. This field I feel is different. Here you come to learn the basics. Think of it as a puzzle. You are learning the basics, you are putting pieces together but you can't see what the picture is yet. As you learn and grow adding more pieces you will start to get a vision of the picture. The more you grow and learn the clearer the picture becomes and you will find you want to add more pieces going one direction or another. The thing is you will never find the edge of the puzzle. The filed is growing faster than you can keep up so no one will ever know everything there is to know about this industry. But as a good member of this site has said "No one will ever know all there is to know about this industry, but collectively, we on this site come very close."

    Good luck!
    I feel like this is a very accurate description of the trade!


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    Btw, welcome NobleSKS I am an apprentice in SWFL. Got almost a year of experience under my belt already and every day I learn something new or how to do something better/hone skills I have already learned. Like BNME8EZ said, itís like a puzzle where you never find the edge. I love it. Some of the work is tough as far as being in extreme weather conditions or very cramped spaces but everyone has to start somewhere. Iím looking forward to the days where everything truly clicks together for me so I can become a better tech and hopefully branch into a more specialized part of the field. Best of luck to you as well


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    Quote Originally Posted by NobleSKS View Post
    Need to get a feel for the crazies here, are there any? Iím sure thereís a couple.
    No forum is complete without a few. Don't bother looking for us, we will find you.

    Have fun with the forum and new career path.

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