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Glencannon on Suggestions on finding good boiler technician

By: Glencannon [28]  
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2007
Time: 12:00:00 AM

I'm not too sure what sort of "Technician" you are looking for. If you need a boiler operator then try recent discharges from the US Navy. These people usually are very well trained and within a very short time will become excellent plant operators. If you are not in the US then try technical schools for recent graduates in power engineering.

If you need a Boiler-maker then there is usually a union local with a hiring hall. Try the yellow pages.

This situation is only going to get worse because no companies in the 70s, 80s and 90s wanted to spend the money to train people. The excuse being that "we just get them quailfied and they go somewhere else". Of course most of these companies were quite willing to hire people who had been trained by someone else ignoring the fact that that some-one else had to pay for that training. I guess every corporate wellfare bum, ( a Canadian phrase), likes the same free ride that a hobo does. Now there are a whole lot of people my age, (55 plus), and a whole lot of people, mostly young and inexperienced working in the trades and very few people in between. Training people is fairly easy, what is difficult is gaining the experience after training that is necessary to utilise the training you get. This is nearly impossible if there are no "mentors" handy to help out. In short, you can learn from the experienced or you can learn by experience. Learning by experience usually means learning by making mistakes. In this profession mistakes can be costly. So, to repeat a rather trite but oh so true phrase, ya pays now, or, ya pays later, not paying is not an option.

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