In fact, if I already had the RN, I would go for Nurse Anesthetist for 100k.
After reading some of the stories, I feel quite lucky to have got the job I got. $14/hr to start with plus overtime and they actually pay you your hours and OT. Cheap health insurance for our area, only $125 every 2 weeks for family coverage through BCBS. Matching 401k up to the first 5% of your wages.
Some of the guys at the shop went to the ATI school paying $18k for an "education". It amazes me how little some of them learned in the school even with excellent grades. So much so the state even ran ATI out of town.
I feel lucky as well. I paid 13K with tools and landed a job within one week of graduating. I had already assumed that my first couple of years would basically be continued paid training. I had no idea how much training that would quickly come to be nor how well it would pay.
When I fix something it stays fixed.
A wealth of information in this thread. I was in school, got a job, then let go, and now in school again. I think the local union is testing in March. Their apprenticeship program pays better than any place I have seen yet. I know it is tough to get in, but I am going to try !
My experiences has been very similar so far. Compouned by age. I finished school at 47 yrs old (5 yrs ago) after a career in the chemical trade. No one would hire me. AT ALL!! End of discussion. HVAC was out. I had more people tell me I was useless than I care to remember, and this was before the interview!! Sight unseen. No one knew I was fit, healthy and had a strong chemical and mechanical background. welding and machine shop background and the school experience. (and EPA and other licencing aquired). I finally gave up and got a position in a boiler room after going back for a 2nd fireman license. ( Massachusetts ). Believe me, that is not a strong field either. Very few boiler room jobs anymore. definitely a dying field. My next move? Back to my old trade !!!
My advise to anyone looking to get into the trade is to join RSES and enroll in their educational program, a semester of instructor led training cost around $500 plus books,the instructors are services techs and the classes are held, once a week at a supply house, RSES carries a lot of respect among contractors and the training is second to none.
Thats the way is done up here in Western NY, we have a very strong chapter.
I got laid off in the oil and gas industry in the 90's and had a electrical background. Decided to get in the HVAC industry. Went to a technical school which was about 13K. It was expensive but it was a very good school with plenty of hands on not just a bunch of book knowledge. Before I graduated I pretty much did some research on some companies that I might be interested in. I already knew what I wanted to get into. I knew I didn't want to be a ATTIC Technician ( not to down knock the residential field) and crawl in attics. I wanted to get into the commercial and industrial field mainly to learn to work on chillers. Don't get me wrong I didn't just slide into a position as a chiller tech by no means. I had to work my way up to get to that level. I was fortunate, my first hvac job was at a major hvac company in Houston, Tx and the top Centrifugal mechanic got me on there. He took me under his wing and actually took the time to show me things. At times he was very hard on me but it was for my own good. I had to suck it up and earn my wings. Believe me it was hard at first and I got my feet wet quick figuratively and literally. Lol. This trade has had it's ups and downs but for me it's been more up than down. I have made a pretty good living at it and have learned a lot on chillers, and other applicable equipment. By no means am I a chiller guru. This field is constantly changing so it's impossible to say I know everything. Looking back at all I have been truly blessed to have had the oppurtunity to work with some great guys through the years and they have showed me and have taught me alot in this field. I give credit to where credit is due.
Hello everyone! i know this isn't related to this thread but I see people here are so helpful. Anyway, my sister is looking for a school in US for HVAC. She is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering in the Philippines and a local board passer. Our dad just wants her to have intensive training that she can use for our air-conditioning business here in the Philippines.
If she lives in the NYC area there is a good opportunity in the county trade schools NY and NJ. Avoud Lincoln Tech like the plauge.