As lead technician in the San Diego Office, DJ Brown has one goal: Help the job run smoothly.
Dwayne Brown adopted the nickname DJ to make sure he wasn’t confused with his father. His dad was a 15-year Trane employee and an avid HVAC industry and company promoter. DJ was in college studying computers, but he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with that. His father had ideas.
“My dad was always saying, hey, a job in HVAC is a good opportunity,” says DJ. “It’s more than just mechanical things, and you can apply your knowledge. I was getting that every night at dinner. I was a little sick of it at the time, but it turned out to be the best thing I could have done.”
When DJ started at Trane’s San Diego office, at 23, he knew almost nothing about the HVAC industry, but he was eager to learn. He started in the shop, delivering parts to sites, and performing other duties, but he soon discovered he had a precious opportunity – he could visit different jobs, meet contractors, lend a hand when appropriate and learn the business from the bottom up.
“When you're the shop guy, you're going to have a lot of downtime,” says DJ. “I would do a delivery, and I’d call or text and say: ‘Hey, can you guys use a hand?’ Then I’d arrive on their site, and they would watch over my shoulder while I worked on things.”