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    No aprrenticeships open?

    Hi all I've been looking for an apprenticeship for a while now and have no luck. I'm in southeastern ct and have called pretty much every company on the ct sponsor list with 45 minutes and nothing. I was in the navy for 9+ yrs have universal epA refrigeration tech cert from tidewater community college in Norfolk va. Have all the required classroom time done on my d2 and d4 lic. Worked on all different kinds of ac equipment just no experience in residential. I'd like to start a career in this field. Would anyone located in southeastern ct or even rhode island know or maybe are looking for a new employee who they would like to hire. It stinks I don't know anyone in the field. Sometimes it helps to know someone. Thanks all I'm not gonna give up but maybe someone can give a guy a little help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm644rodrigues View Post
    Hi all I've been looking for an apprenticeship for a while now and have no luck. I'm in southeastern ct and have called pretty much every company on the ct sponsor list with 45 minutes and nothing. I was in the navy for 9+ yrs have universal epA refrigeration tech cert from tidewater community college in Norfolk va. Have all the required classroom time done on my d2 and d4 lic. Worked on all different kinds of ac equipment just no experience in residential. I'd like to start a career in this field. Would anyone located in southeastern ct or even rhode island know or maybe are looking for a new employee who they would like to hire. It stinks I don't know anyone in the field. Sometimes it helps to know someone. Thanks all I'm not gonna give up but maybe someone can give a guy a little help.
    Move. There is work down South.

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    I feel for the guys up north. Its hard enough to break into this industry without living in a depressed area that mandates a union process to become a tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commtech77 View Post
    I feel for the guys up north. Its hard enough to break into this industry without living in a depressed area that mandates a union process to become a tech.
    you dont know what you taking about! we a far from depressed up here and there is no mandated union process to become a tech.
    as a matter of fact Texas, CT and NY unemployment rates are about the same 7%.
    out of almost 1200 guys including plumber and pipefitters only 26 are benching right now.
    there is plenty of work. and he is right, knowing somebody within the industry helps a lot when it comes to find a job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlove View Post
    Move. There is work down South.
    But seriously, Check out HVAC supply houses and ask around if anyone looking for help. Check out some distributors of HVAC equipment and see if they know someone. You can find work in this field but you may have to think out of the box. Find a small shop work part time and show them what you can do. Or get a job in a supply house that sells HVAC and network.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm644rodrigues View Post
    Hi all I've been looking for an apprenticeship for a while now and have no luck. I'm in southeastern ct and have called pretty much every company on the ct sponsor list with 45 minutes and nothing. I was in the navy for 9+ yrs have universal epA refrigeration tech cert from tidewater community college in Norfolk va. Have all the required classroom time done on my d2 and d4 lic. Worked on all different kinds of ac equipment just no experience in residential. I'd like to start a career in this field. Would anyone located in southeastern ct or even rhode island know or maybe are looking for a new employee who they would like to hire. It stinks I don't know anyone in the field. Sometimes it helps to know someone. Thanks all I'm not gonna give up but maybe someone can give a guy a little help.
    I hear ya. Im pretty close in the same situation as you. I tried looking in ct for about 2 months and now i dont even bother. Every company i tried was the same, no jobs, you need to already have your license, etc... I was looking over the entire state though and not limiting myself to just a section. Ive pretty much stopped trying to get into a ct job, i mostly look in ma now and thats just as hard. Biggest difference i see in ma jobs excuses is that we cant pay you enough for health insurance and we cant take on someone inexperienced because our insurance is to high.

    Ive been looking steady for about 3 months. My reserve money ends in about a month. After that ill have to go back into my previous fields work. For some reason i can get a very high paying job in the nano-tech or electro-mechanical tech field but i cant get a single job offer even at minimum wage doing grunt work and im more that willing to do my share of horrible stuff for almost no money for however long it takes plus i have my universal, 1 year of trade school, top of my class, blah blah...

    What i thought was a sure fire career choice 1 year ago is beginning to look like i was wrong.

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    Go talk to Scotty at United Refrigeration in Hartford, he will know who is busy and hiring.

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    working in the Navy you sound more like a commercial tech what tonnages and style units did you repair and maintain for 9 yrs.think commercial/industrial companies....your going backwards stepping into residential... be careful.can you service chillers air/water cooled check out www.thebluebook.com type in airconditioning pick state...then hit "contractors" links with webpages and phone numbers up there.NOTE wth 9 yrs you should be walking in as a lead guy if you go commercial.TRANE HARTFORD is looking for apprentices but should be real interested in your NAVY experience...for rooftops/chillers check out www.trane.com search Ingersol-Rand ops or here give them a call. http://www.trane.com/commercial/Abou...ult.aspx?cso=6
    Last edited by maxster; 06-21-2012 at 09:26 AM.
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    try these guys you never know they do commercial up there.. www.mulvaneymechanical.com
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    Hey, maxster, why don't you get on your contacts and call around. These Tucson Trane guys are averaging $27-28/Hr. for Chiller Mechanics! That's not competative to the Union Applied Service Journeyman (Union Chiller Mechanic). Some people are willing to work for less, some in exchange for a name behind them. In my personal studies, it seems as if only Chicago Trane (non-union) is near hand in hand with the Union Local package. Can I spell it out - organize!

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    scale in NYC is $36.50 for guys working on WSHP/PTAC units chiller techs are up and over $40.. big difference between midtown Manhattan and midtown Tuson
    "when in doubt...jump it out" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1qEZHhJubY

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    Quote Originally Posted by dlove View Post
    Move. There is work down South.
    Yup........
    Technical incompetence is NOT a sales tool....

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