WOW! Stumbled upon this forum today and am overwhelmed with all the information and solid advice being given. Rather than read and read for the next 3 hours I decided to make a post in search of some direct responses to my questions. I have been going to college while working in the casino industry and am burnt out on both. Given I am 31 and married with one son a part of me just wants a career. It will be another 3-4 yrs of school with no guarantee of a job and going to work at a casino everyday is not fun. From what I have been reading in the forums becoming Hvac tech sounds like an exciting career. There appears to be solid work, challenging yet rewarding and in general a desirable career path for me.

Here is my dilemma, I don't know how to get started. I live in Norther California near San Francisco. I assume joining a union would be one option. Do non-union jobs exist where they hire and train those with no experience? Honestly I have no clue what to ask.

HELP! Sorry for the diarrhea of the mouth. Please give some advice on how to get the ball rolling in the Hvac field.