8 Tips for New Techs (So You Don’t Get Fired)
If you are young and new to the trade, we need you, but if you aren’t careful you might get fired.
No offense, millennials often just have a different way of looking at work than their GenX bossses and trainers.
Here are my 8 top tips to help you make it.
#8 – Act interested (even when you aren’t). I know sometimes your trainer can be boring, but when he is talking, look alive. Literally… I’ve seen apprentices who I wondered if they were actually dead… smelly… unresponsive… you get it.
#7 – Know the names of basic tools. I know it can be confusing if you are new but read up enough so that when your trainer asks for “channel locks” you don’t say “what’s that”.
#6 – Keep the music off and the earbuds out. That is unless you are listening to the HVAC School podcast… then it’s OK
#5 – Ask questions and listen carefully to the answers. Listen more than you talk. Give eye contact when your manager or trainer is speaking.
#4 – Repeat back what you heard. Say “I want to make sure I understood you correctly” and repeat back what you understood rather than saying OK if you didn’t fully understand
#3 – Look professional. I don’t care if your boss or trainer looks like a slob, YOU dress according to the company policy and come to work looking sharp.
#2 – Show up on time. Show up 15 mins early. Show up 30 minutes early!
#1 – STAY OFF YOUR PHONE. Your friends, Facebook, Snapchat… they can all wait. Give your work your full attention while at work
Oh… and while your at it… get good at working on and installing HVAC/R systems. That helps as well.