Commercial referigeration and hvac service is all ive ever done from ice machines to the large freon based cold storage plants
If and when you relocate to Oregon, be sure to have your work hours verified by your current and past employers. You have to have several licenses to work in Oregon and Washington. Some of the licenses are electrical, brazing certificate, boiler and pressure vessel. It is a lot easier now before you move then after. Check with the state of Oregon (pronounced Orygun) building codes division for what you need to apply for the licenses. For the state of Washington, check with the Bureau of Labor and Industries, electrical division.
If you decide to go union, the last time I checked into it, it costs 100 times the journeyman rate which is about 3600.00. You also have to pay dues 1, dues 2, local dues, economic recovery which is about 5.00/hr. The local here is 290 I think has an office in Tualatin.
Some of the guys who went the union route, applied at the union shops first and the companies helped with the paperwork if they were hired.
Are my hours transferrable from state to state or i was under the impression it had to be done in the state where you are applying
Both Washington and Oregon will accept hours outside the state so long as the state you are working in does not require the individual to have a license or does not have reciprocal agreements with the state you are working in. Since most of my hours came from working in California when I applied, I was grandfathered in. I paid my fees and took and passed the tests. Got my licenses. Its been a while since I had to do it, but there has been guys that relocated from California recently and had no problems with get their licenses.