I have been working in the heating and air conditioning repair business for the past 3 months, but I recently started working by myself.
It took a long time to learn the ropes and I had to spend 90 days with a mentor.
In the beginning, I wasn’t even allowed to pick up a tool. I was there to observe and watch. After a few weeks, the boss let me help with some heating and air conditioning repairs. Once I was familiar with many different repairs, I started working with a different mentor on installation projects. I learned a lot from both of the mentors. I don’t feel like my classroom experience really prepared me for working in the field, so I was happy to find a job with a great teaching program. After 3 months with a mentor, I finally went out on my own for the first time this week. The day could have gone a lot better. My boss gave me a couple of easy jobs like an HVAC tune-up and a simple air conditioner repair. Unfortunately, I messed up the second repair by running over the customers mailbox. I spent two hours on the air conditioner repair and my boss had to pay for a new mailbox. He probably didn’t make a single dollar on that deal. Later that day, I forgot an important step during an HVAC tune-up. I didn’t remember until I was almost done with the tune-up and by then it was too late. Thankfully, it wasn’t something that will affect the performance of the machine.