For a service technician you can expect to train for about a month. You will study for your government certification in this time, and assuming you pass you will likely start on your own in the next month. However, training is always ongoing even though you will be capable of working on your own after a month, expect more training over the next few months.Answered 14 February 2019
It depends on so many factors, it's hard to answer that. The area that you work in, the season, how much growth you've accumulated and how quickly. It's really up to you though, if you want to take on a lot of calls and work long hours you can, if you don't then don't. When I started I was working 10-12 hours a day, now I'm in my 4th year I have it down to 8 - and that's all I want to work for now with my busy life. In the winter sometimes I'll work 5-6 hours some days and in the summer I'll work 12. It's really up to you.Answered 14 February 2019
It's basically M-F and you really set your own hours, depending on what your customers need. If you do a lot of grocery/restaurant services you'll be starting very early most likely, your day could be something like 6-2. Or some days you need to help a bakery after they shut down and you'll be working from 9pm to midnight so you might stop working at noon that day. Some days I work from 7 am to 7pm, and the next day I might work 9am to 3pm.
Bottom line, you really can't think of this career like a "normal" job, this is NOT a 9-5 job. You work when you need to or when you want to, there's no true set hours.
As for weekends you can expect to be on call on some sort of rotation, my branch I'm on call once every 8 weeks, and many times no calls come in. Other times I have to run out 3 times in one evening.Answered 14 February 2019
It's a family owned business, and it still feels that way - even though we are expanding rapidly and some of that "corporatism" is starting to creep in. But overall I think everyone is happy to be there, we certainly are in my branch. At the end of the day everything we do is built around doing things the right way, and that - to me - is a huge difference from the other companies. They talk it, we walk it.Answered 14 February 2019
It will seem hectic at first, but once you are familiar with your territory and the expectations put on you it's actually a fairly calm process. People that complain about the pace and stress just failed to set themselves up properly. If you solve your customers' problems in a proactive manner there won't be any need to run around like crazy. Some days things happen beyond your control and it adds to your workload, but you just need to manage your route and customers expectations and you'll be fine.Answered 14 February 2019