View single post by hvacdrd
 Posted: Sat Dec 30th, 2006 04:31 am
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Joined: Wed Aug 16th, 2006
Location: Michigan USA
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I changed a belt on mom's WP washer when I was 15 or 16 and thought this would be a crappy way to make a living. So I went to college to study math & statistics...yawn. After a few years I realized fixing problems on paper wasn't very fun so I joined the military and did what every kid dreamed of...Digging in the dirt on dozers, graders, and front-end loaders.

Luckily I was only in the National Guard & resumed normal life after 6 months, but I had to decide what I was gonna be when I grew up. Being 20 I figured it was time. So back to college for heating & cooling for 2 years. After I graduated, I went into the field doing commercial & industrial hvac service work where I sharpened my skills repairing things I had never seen or heard about in school.

8 years later I was asked to do "residential work and maybe some appliance work" - could I shame myself by stepping down??? The price was right and here I am 11 years later doing the same thing, repairing things I have never seen. A brief stint in management around 2001 confirmed that I should be in the field not the office. Who would've thought changing a belt on a WP washer would be so much fun...

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