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It's a big world out there

Now that we are able to traverse the world without leaving the comfort of our armchairs, we are able to come into contact with a much broader range of refrigeration engineers.

This has allowed us to gather and exchange knowledge with colleagues outside our usual geographical collective, and with this, allowed us to see how we measure up to other engineers/technicians from around the world.

My own information-gathering is generally from various UK and American forums that are out there.

This has allowed me to share and receive information over the years that has been useful in gaining a greater understanding of my craft.

With the advent of Facebook and other real-time forums, a wide variety of engineers and technicians from other countries with other disciplines and skills, that you would previously have never been able to chat to, are just a click away.

 Having been logging onto these forums and chatting with fellow engineers, I have seen a dramatic upsurge in engineers and technicians from what we class as developing countries, reaching out to us for information.

It’s fair to say that how we do things in our country and how others do things across other continents are going to differ significantly. This allows us to have a better understanding of how our universal craft is done around the world.

The one thing I would ask of all users of this medium is to be more tolerant of the questions that are being asked on these forums.

The reason I say this is because we now live in a multicultural society and we all have different backgrounds – how we all look at a problem differs across the board.

Engineers and techs from these countries have not had the luxury of the training and courses that we have taken for granted in our careers.

They are mainly self-taught and engage with us in order to gain a better insight into their trade, as well as advance their knowledge.

They don’t all have the luxury of colleges and professional companies to work with, so a lot of engineers in less developed countries need us to help them, and I’m sure we would follow the same ambitions if we had happened to grow up elsewhere.

So I ask you, fellow readers, to leave prejudices at the door and help your fellow ‘fridgies’ gain the knowledge and professionalism that we all currently strive to achieve in our own country.

See you in 2015.

Anonymous Fridge Guy works as a contractor in the supermarket refrigeration sector

Anonymous Fridge Guy works as a contractor in the supermarket refrigeration sector

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