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Posted by Harold Kestenholz - hydronic.net on April 13, 2002 at 11:53:23:
In Reply to: Re: career choice posted by Bubba on April 12, 2002 at 21:05:42:
I started an HVAC career as a stationary engineer on 500 psig chemical co boilers, running 4 at-a-time, burning 1000 gals of bunker C per hour or a coal car a day. The installation had all types of equipment - reciprocating, turbine, multi-stage, site-built 5-story boilers, packaged, coal ball-mill pulverizers and calcium and zeolite softeners, all gathered over 50 years.
It was a wonderful eye-opening start to a lifetime of mechanical interest. Start there and learn all there is as you take courses toward a mechanical engineer's license. You will learn applied physics like no other and can move on to turbine, nuclear, HVAC and other energy areas with a firm foundation. Theoretically-trained (forever-inexperienced) heat-exchange engineers will pretend to know-it-all; but you will have been there.
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