Note to Apprentices: Don’t Be That Guy

The first year in the trade can bexperte overwhelming; the fast pace, old-timer mechanics barking orders at you, and a seemingly psychotic boss that trusts you about as much as his teenage daughter’s boyfriend.
You’re stuck in this stage of your career for about a year. But its ok, you’re moving forward (hopefully).
As you learn enough to be more help than hindrance the old timers reluctantly begin teaching you a few tricks of the trade, and the boss starts to….no, I can’t lie, he still doesn’t trust you as far as he can kick you.
This stage of your career will last anywhere from a year, to eternity.


Its up to you.
Year three is when the magic starts to happen. You’re asking for help less often. The boss lets you take the truck home at night and, you’re added to the after hours on-call list (there’s a down side to everything). You’re becoming a mechanic.
This is where 80% of mechanics spend the rest of their careers.
After five years many mechanics honestly believe they’re a seasoned technician. Remember this simple truth; Time-in has nothing to do with knowledge gained. Effort-in = knowledge gained.
Here’s a secret, the next time someone tries to convince you of their vast wealth of knowledge by telling you how long they’ve been doing something, run away.
As we at Zen say; many twenty year mechanics don’t have twenty years of experience, they have one year’s experience twenty times.

Don’t be that guy.

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Patrick is Zen HVAC’s diagnostic and training guy. Patrick started in the trade the day he left technical school and never looked back. He's served in various technical and training roles in the HVAC industry but specializes in system troubleshooting and diagnostics, retro commissioning, and technical training. His moto: If I can understand it, anybody can. Patrick uses the Zen common sense approach to teach Patrick’s Likes- His Wife, kids and dog. Old pickup trucks. Hiking. The industrial Revolution. Patrick’s Dislikes- Taking work too seriously. Anything unintuitive. Emoticons :( Patrick’s Favorite famous person- Theodore Roosevelt “I am only an average man, But I work harder at it than the average man" Famous Patrick Quote- “Well, that was stupid of me”

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