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Old 01-21-2012, 02:22 PM   #16
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yep. If I really knew what I was getting myself into at 18 I would have gone to pharmacy school ( almost chose that path). They make great $$ here and it is easy safe work not like the cr*ap I did earlier. I literally used up 7 of my 9 lives and am trying to keep the other 2 for later.

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yep. If I really knew what I was getting myself into at 18 I would have gone to pharmacy school ( almost chose that path). They make great $$ here and it is easy safe work not like the cr*ap I did earlier. I literally used up 7 of my 9 lives and am trying to keep the other 2 for later.
Agreed. I should have been a mech. engineer. Pays not over the top but I could still get out in the field as well as design, which is a big part of the plumbing/hvac trade
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thats is SO true. I am a power engineer also and we did 1/2 the mech eng course. going to try get my nephews to be engineers or doctors. the family has the $$ for their education so hopefully they are interested down the road.
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thats is SO true. I am a power engineer also and we did 1/2 the mech eng course. going to try get my nephews to be engineers or doctors. the family has the $$ for their education so hopefully they are interested down the road.
Not trying to hijack the thread but I love how hvac and plumbing can work together to create good systems. Control work has always fascinated me. Also love mech rm work. It's an art trying to fit all that cr#p in a room half the size it should be.
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with the autocad drafting programs etc and now most controls are digital instead of the bulky old pneumatics it is a LOT easier. I don't know how the heck those old sprinkler fitters worked with those massive 4-6" pipes and valves etc and threaded it all. I love Victaulics and my 3 foot aluminum pipe wrench.
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Not trying to hijack the thread but I love how hvac and plumbing can work together to create good systems. Control work has always fascinated me. Also love mech rm work. It's an art trying to fit all that cr#p in a room half the size it should be.
I always figured if you can do wiring or plumbing thats 3/4 of the secret to being a good hvac service guy!
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Just remember first year apprentices are the best,after that they already know it all and you cant teach them anything!
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The heck with all that find a rich chick, live off daddies money ,play on the boat all day! oh yeah
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Sounds like you're getting advice from plumbers that don't even like their chosen field. I've been in commercial construction since 1986, and I still love it, and personally would recommend this side of the trade. I find residential work monotonous, same thing every day. Get on a two year hospital project and you'll learn so much more and get so much variety. With experience, service work is interesting, too. Good luck!!
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What ever avenue you choose, always remember give it your all, 100% of the time, don't expect a pat on the back as this is rare, it only takes (1) Oh **it to erase a bag full of at-a-boys and remember not to forget about the ones you love.

The trades can take you many places and in todays world that could easily include travel, you may look at it today and see glamour, but the time goes by too quickly and before you know it you are on the other end of the scale and you wonder where did my liffe go.

Family always outweighs $$$$!
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Also depends on how physically strong you are and whether you are willing to take risks with your safety, health, back etc. I have done everything from steam fitting in a large hospital, large chillers, working off ladders on unit heaters in the air and off forklifts etc etc. Steam and sprinkler fitting and large commercial stuff is not for every guy unless he is built for it. Residential is a lot safer and for some guys less bullwork which suits them fine. Other guys like challenges and bigger stuff. Residential service and you may have to work "on call" after hours a lot and that can wreck marriages and some guys hate it. Commercial / industrial can involve lots of out of town work and being in camps etc and hard on marriages. Lots of food for thought before you get into it. Feel free to ask more questions.

It is INCREDIBLY important to have a good attitude and work ethic when apprenticing as very few Journeyman tolerate an attitude from them. Myself included. If you don't then they won't teach you anything or help you well and you will learn the back end of a shovel real well.
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