This isn't just for business owners, it can be for lead technicians as well. How do you hire good irrigation technicians that are worth a ****? How do you know they will be worth hiring? I'm having those struggles right now. As many of you, we take quality very seriously. But we also like things to get done in a timely manner. I have one tech that has been with us for 4 years, he's good. Little things here and there, but overall I'm very happy with him. We have another guy who doesn't have a drivers license, but he's good so we keep him around. Not the fastest guy, but not terribly slow and his work always gets done right. Our third tech. He cares and does a pretty good job with quality, but he is SLOW. For example, on our current install, he got 9 heads dug, installed, and backfilled. 4 poly tees dug and installed. One valve backfilled. All the pipe was pulled before he got there, and the valve was already installed. This took him from 8:30am to 4:00pm, 20 minute lunch. To me, that's crazy slow. Am I expecting too much? He basically got 2 zones done in one day. I was there the day before and got 5 heads and a tee dug in 32 minutes. That's digging 12" deep and roughly 10' wide. Today I installed 3 heads and the tee on the same zone before I had to leave (again) in 30 minutes. So 75% of one zone was done in 62 minutes. So let's say 1.5 hours to have a zone dug and installed, for ME. I am expecting an employee to have that done in 2 hours. Once again, am I off on this expectation? By the way, he was only working on poly, we only do PVC mainlines that I already had in. Our fourth tech. I don't really know what to say. He came from a different landscape company in town. They have an average reputation, not super high quality. Anyways, we needed a 4th tech bad this year, so we put feelers out on facebook and this guy replied. He's someone my business partner knows. So we sat down with him. Seemed like a pretty good guy, pretty sharp, so we figured we would take the risk. Well, anyways, I feel like we made a bad decision. He moves even slower than our 3rd tech. I also don't think he really cares. At least our 3rd tech cares. I think I'm going to fire this guy, but I'm not sure yet. I might give him one more chance. After reading all that, my main point is, HOW DO YOU KNOW who is going to be worth it? I knew our main guy was going to be good because he was a mowing crew leader for us first. I knew his work ethic. The second guy we just took a shot at, but ended up being good. Our last two guys we also just took a shot at, and I'm not so sure. I'm wiling to hire guys that have zero irrigation experience if they have a good work ethic. I can teach them my way of doing irrigation. Experience is usually a good thing, but not always. There is no test to take for my city, or state for that matter, so I can't say must have passed the state exam. How do you guys do it?