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Rain Bird Academy - Boot Camp Classes

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by SLMGT, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. SLMGT

    SLMGT LawnSite Member
    Posts: 245

    Anyone on the forum have any experience with Rain Bird Academy- Boot Camp classes? If so, what did you think of the classes?
  2. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,780

    Never heard of it.

    What do they do?

    You Call that a trench>?!?!?!? My 600lbs Grandma Can Dig a Better Trench Then You!!!!!


    Stop Watch on the Ready!!! GO GO GO Install that sprinkler head!!!!!!!! RARRRRRRRRR

    Cadet!! You have Failed to realize the reasoning for a marlex! DROP AND INSTALL ME 300 MARLEXS!!!

    When You Respond to me The only words I want to here is Rain Bird First and Last .. DO YOU GET ME?!?!?

    *Solute* " Rain Bird Yes Rain Bird!!!!*

    Ohhhhh yeahhh.. Good Times!
    Last edited: Sep 19, 2011
  3. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,503

    I attended the technician class several years ago. They go over a ton of information in a short time. If I had to do it all over again, I probably wouldn't. Getting your hands dirty in the field is the best way to learn.
  6. You've got all the boot camp you need right here on Lawnsite irrigation forum.
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  7. SoCalLandscapeMgmt

    SoCalLandscapeMgmt LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,829

    About 3 or 4 years ago I sent three of my irrigation techs to one of the Rain Bird classes. It was a two day class that covered troubleshooting. They all said that they got a lot out of it. They covered the 521 and the ground fault locator as well as basic multimeter usage and troubleshooting techniques. If I recall, in addition to controller troubleshooting they also covered valve troubleshooting. They have a lot of different classes. I took a two day class on Maxi-Com and learned a lot.
  8. txgrassguy

    txgrassguy LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,083

    I have never been to one of those types of classes.

    Kiril's comment made me remember a funny experience at a CEU class I had to take for license renewal.

    Instructor was trying to show the attendees why vinyl gloves were necessary because he kept getting primer all over himself, the desk - made a real mess. Said he had been in the field for over twenty years prior to instructing and never found a method that would minimize the mess he was making.

    All I did was walk up to him, in front of the class, pick up a relatively clean section of pipe, hold the cut end over the primer can and swabbed it while allowing the runoff to drop into the can. Then walked back and sat down with clean hands while saying it works in a trench with a short length of pipe to raise the main pipe. I was promptly kicked out of class - but got credit for the CEU though. . .
  9. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    Those that can do, those that cant , teach or write.
  10. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 779

    The boot camp classes are good if you dont know a darn thing about irrigation and you want to start. But if you have a good knowledge and already install or service systems then its a waste..

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