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post #1 of 53 Old 02-16-2012, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
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Whats your job/ career?

So im curious. Im hoping and planning to go back to school in the fall. Im curently torn between information systems security, and computer information systems. I am currently a Manager for PETCO. I would really like to continue education with animals, but unfortuantly the closest school for animals is about 2hrs. Im really not willing to give up on everything just to go to school there, so this is my second interest. So what do all you guys do for a living? Do you like it? Was it a challenge to do it? Are you happy with your job/career?
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Right now I'm a lifeguard and swim coach at the local Y, but after this summer I will be finished with my degree and will start working in the criminal justice field.

Computers is a huuuuge field right now, and its only gonna get bigger btw. If I could go back it might be something I'd consider. That or being a mechanic.

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I'm the senior tech. at a small HVAC/Plumbing company. I have some experience in commercial refrigeration, and sheetmetal, but the company I'm at now is pretty much all residential. I have my gas and refrigeration licences, and a good share of experience in plumbing as well as sheetmetal. My refrigeration licence also covers me to work on electrical up to 600v.

I love what I do. It wasn't easy to get into. First off I went to school for my gas licence. Easy enough. But getting a job after that is hard. The job market is saturated with licensed gas fitters. But finding a quality one is hard. It took me about 2 years to get my foot in the door at the first company I worked for, which wasn't the greatest. Then, I moved on and I have been with this company for a few years. I am the senior tech, mostly doing service work but still installing away and I am the boss when the boss is away.

I am very happy with my career, couldn't imagine doing anything else! I did a few random jobs before this (steel rack installer, eavestrough installer, masonry) and while I stuck at each of them about a year, I found myself hating having to drag myself out of bed to go to those jobs every day after only a few weeks. Its been years in this trade now and I still have no such negative feelings about it!

A couple pics of what I do...
Furnace I installed:

Installing an Air Conditioner:

Tankless water heater I installed:

As you can tell, I really do love my job!

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I'm the senior tech. at a small HVAC/Plumbing company. I have some experience in commercial refrigeration, and sheetmetal, but the company I'm at now is pretty much all residential. I have my gas and refrigeration licences, and a good share of experience in plumbing as well as sheetmetal. My refrigeration licence also covers me to work on electrical up to 600v.

I love what I do. It wasn't easy to get into. First off I went to school for my gas licence. Easy enough. But getting a job after that is hard. The job market is saturated with licensed gas fitters. But finding a quality one is hard. It took me about 2 years to get my foot in the door at the first company I worked for, which wasn't the greatest. Then, I moved on and I have been with this company for a few years. I am the senior tech, mostly doing service work but still installing away and I am the boss when the boss is away.

I am very happy with my career, couldn't imagine doing anything else! I did a few random jobs before this (steel rack installer, eavestrough installer, masonry) and while I stuck at each of them about a year, I found myself hating having to drag myself out of bed to go to those jobs every day after only a few weeks. Its been years in this trade now and I still have no such negative feelings about it!

A couple pics of what I do...
Furnace I installed:

Installing an Air Conditioner:

Tankless water heater I installed:

As you can tell, I really do love my job!
That is so cool!!! See I love that. I want to find something that is hands on, decent money, makes me happy, have a life, and Im happy to do and be proud of. I just wanna make sure im making good descions. Ive tried this college thing twice now, and end up quiting, cause I just dont get it, or understand. Hopefully I found something I can do, and finish.
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Half the people in my class at the trade school where I went for my gas licence had quit the college/university classes they had been in for the exact reasons you said you are looking for in a job!

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I'm a computer technician, A+ certified and still looking to get more certifications, and i'm constantly learning and keeping up with the all the new technology coming out. Only been in the business for about 3years but I love it and take pride in what I do

And ADOversa maybe you can enlighten me on why my basement is always freezing during the winter and the rest of my house is warm when the heat is on :P lol.. parents have never decided to get that looked into.

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Well, first of all, because its below grade it will always be cooler, even if its insulated. It doesn't get the sunlight like the rest of the house. Also why it stays cooler in the summer as well. Another reason is warm air rises. Finally, if there are and heat runs in your basement (might not be depending on the age of your house) they may be blocked off. Check to see if there are any dampers in them. Might look something like this:

Another thing is they might have the return air grilles in the basement blocked off. Obviously if there aren't any heat runs in the basement that won't help things. But a basement will pretty much always be colder because of the first couple points.

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