yiplong Senior Member Joined: 19 Feb 2012 Posts: 80 Location: EU Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed May 16, 2012, 2:02pm Subject: Re: Waste of time learning to service espresso machines
Not sure why anyone would quit plumbing to be an espresso machine repairman. Not saying it's not gonna work out for ya, but it's certainly an odd choice. I am sure there are way more demand for plumbing work than for espresso machine repair.
Bloodshot Senior Member Joined: 13 May 2012 Posts: 2 Location: Edmonton, Alberta Expertise: Just starting
Posted Thu May 17, 2012, 6:33am Subject: Re: Waste of time learning to service espresso machines
Really appreciate all the feedback, guys. The post from 1stline was especially helpful. My boss tends to only look at things from a money standpoint. At the very least I'll get much needed electrical skills to supplement my skills as a tradesman. Some on here were puzzled why I'm leaving the plumbing trade:getting called out at 3 am to drive across the city for emergency calls, jackhammering floors and digging out trenching for basement bathrooms, sewer excavations with open trenches up to 12' deep with corn and Lima beans on your workboots, lugging and cutting lengths of cast iron for commercial projects, wading through shit filled basements trying to find the main clean out to snake it, getting shit for taking a day and a half to rough in a house. These are the reasons. Mind you, it's not all this crap. Being on the road and not chained to a workplace is sweet and there are definitely easy days of installing and servicing fixtures and the like. However, it's getting stale and I've gotta do something that I can still do as an old fart. I thought my plumbing/gasfitting skills could parlay into servicing commercial restaurant equipment and these guys called so voila! I'm gonna giv'er! Cheers!
west77 Senior Member Joined: 18 Aug 2010 Posts: 49 Location: Calgary AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: WEGA 2 group Airy, Rancilio... Grinder: Carimali M1, Nuova Simonelli... Vac Pot: Cory gasketless Drip: What's drip? Roaster: Fratello ;)
Posted Sun May 20, 2012, 5:15am Subject: Re: Waste of time learning to service espresso machines
I used to run heavy equipment (in a different life.) When I switched careers I just kept telling myself that if it did not work out, or I did not like it I still had all the necessary qualifications, skills and contacts to return to my previous career. I switched from running equipment in a mine (and making damn good $$$) to a job that I enjoy and offers challenges (but lacks some of the income.) You know why you were paid at the rate you were (the 3AM call outs to deal with backed up sewage) and I assume that you have weighed the income vs. the hours and lifestyle. With any luck it will work out for you. If not, you will have a broader set of skills to draw on and move forward. It is not like you are stuck with a life sentence servicing equipment if you find that you dislike it... one call to your old boss along with an admission that he was right and you prefer plumbing and I would think you will be standing chest deep in backed up sewage with human excrement floating around you at 3AM in no time.
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