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    hvac techncian usa

    Hello guys, i'm 19 years old i'm from Québec city in canada. I'm really interesting in moving to usa to work as a hvac tech( i'm now studying in hvac). I would like to know the salary in united states because in quebec the salary are very good. It start to 17$/h and after 8000hours as a tech you are at 34$/h. Thks for your answer

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    I live and work in NYC, and to start you would be lucky to get 11-12 an hour. You need to prove yourself before you make anything close to $34 an hour. Maybe Canada is different... I'm no economist but I think things are much better in Canada right now...

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    There are two ways you can make that kind of money ($34/hr) in the US.

    One is to become a union member. If you can gain legal entry, my advice is to immediately STOP paying for schooling and get into an apprenticeship here, which could lead to a union job.

    The other way is to have a lot of experience working for a non-union shop.

    Your chances of earning that money as a technician and NOT a salesman, are much better in the commercial environment.
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    Ok.. I'm very disapointed..because here we got the "CCQ" (Commission de la construction du Québec) and in the commercial in construction the salary are pre-etablished with your number of hour you worked as a technician. Here a 11-12$/h job is to wash the dishes in a restaurant haha. Thanks a lot

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    just follow my link -> http://www.ccq.org/~/media/PDF/Communications/Metiers/Frigoriste.pdf.ashx?sc_lang=fr-CA&profil=DevenirTravailleur"( sorry it's in french)

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    Here in the states

    We pay based on performance, unless you are in a union.

    If you scoff at earning your keep, then stay in Canada.

    I make well over 34/hr and did so through performance and technical skill.

    At times, I've thought to myself, I'd like to move to Canada, but if pay is based solely on how long you take to get something accomplished, then no thanks.

    So if you spend 8000 hours installing a piping job in one place, you make scale, you can keep it.

    The problem with pay based on time intervals is the guys that stand around holding the floor down make the same as the guy that's actually making the job get done.

    What a joke.

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    By the way

    The reason you make so little in the beginning is that you are not qualified to do much more then wash dishes anyway.

    Even in the union, beginning pay is meager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micnossub View Post
    just follow my link -> http://www.ccq.org/~/media/PDF/Communications/Metiers/Frigoriste.pdf.ashx?sc_lang=fr-CA&profil=DevenirTravailleur"( sorry it's in french)
    We are here to help. Il n'a pas de quois.

    Unfortunately, there is a heavy, top-down, dictatorial socialist attitude in Quebec, eh?

    My dad came down from the Provinces after WWII. You could do worse. I'd recommend a union apprenticeship.
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    but the big advantage is that your hour are count by the ccq.. and the employer have an obligation to pay you by the number of hour your work on. so if you decide to go to an another company, you keep the same salary. it's sure the guy who is a very bad tech earn the same money than the good technician..but he will have difficulty to find a great job in a good place.

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    Ok let's pump the brakes a little and not judge Canada based on Quebec considering a good chunk of people from there don't wish to be apart of Canada anymore. As for me when I was an employee I always made what I was worth not how many hours I worked at any given task.
    For some reason I learn more with my mouth shut

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    Quote Originally Posted by turkey View Post
    Ok let's pump the brakes a little and not judge Canada based on Quebec considering a good chunk of people from there don't wish to be apart of Canada anymore. As for me when I was an employee I always made what I was worth not how many hours I worked at any given task.
    You're right, you can't get a good picture of Canada by looking at Quebec.
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    sorry to burst your bubble but you don't have a hope in hell to move and work in the U.S as an apprentice or even as a fully licensed journeyman unless you find a company willing to sponsor you...or you get a minimum 2 year college degree as an Refrigeration Engineering Technician or Technologist....under the NAFTA job agreement an Engineering program with min. 2 year college and min. 3 year field experience.

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    im just disapointed because i dont like my province and i dream about moving to L.A. If i leave quebec i have more chance to go in the west in canada than west coast in usa

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