Hello everyone. Been lurking on the forums the past couple days doing some searching and figured I’d register and post some questions.
I’m in my mid 30’s and looking for a change and am considering entering the HVACR field, preferably the commercial side of it. I have no prior experience in any sort of trade or construction work. So please bear with me if my questions sound stupid.
I did some searching on here and see various routes into this trade. As far as unions go, are they likely to select someone a little older with no background in the trade at all? I understand they have the 5 year apprentice programs but do they prefer to admit people into the apprentice program with at least some experience and/or schooling? I understand I’d be starting off at the bottom no matter where I go, union or not, but I’m just trying to understand the process. Also, which unions are involved in this trade? I know the steamfitters union is, but what are the other ones?
I’ve also thought about entering the HVAC program at the local community college. Seems the opinion on here is very mixed about going this route. Again, I understand I’d be starting at the bottom once I got out of school but I also don’t want to spend the money and time on school and then make 9 bucks an hour for the next 3 years.
Any tips/info appreciated!