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    First of all I'm new to this board. Kinda of stumbled across it when searching for ideas. Was really happy to find a website like this. I'm currently in the Air Force doing HVAC and have been for the last 9 years. Have less than 2 years before this enlistment is up and as much as I'm grateful for those years. I'm leaning towards a major change and its not going two be a easy choice. To be honest I'm really nervous about it. Thinking of finish my years with a Reserve or Guard unit and trying the civilian life again. First of all fellas I know my years in the Air Force are not equilvant to someone who has been in the private sector for that same amount of time. I wouldn't even know were to place me when it comes to HVAC experience. My wife is going to have to help me with my resume...haha Well I have a few questions that I thought about asking. I'm whiling to hear the good and the bad! Just excited to hear what you have to say.

    *Is there anyone that has been in this same situation?
    *Would you recommend on going to a trade school?
    *What do employers feel about workers being in the reserve or guard?
    *Is there a slimmer of hope in finding work?

    I only get to talk to military guys about this stuff. So I'm grateful to hear anything that someone that actually lives in the world of HVAC has to say.

    Thank You

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    tell us what you do on a daily basis to support your facility?? also what equipment do you work on??
    Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

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    I wasnt quite in the same position you are in but kinda similar. I started hvac after i got off of active duty (I was and air craft mech in the Marines). I am currently an a/c mech in the reserves. Chances are you know enough to get a helper job or a pm tech job but they probably wont pay that well starting off. I went to trade school at night while I worked in the trade during the day so I would definitely use that GI Bill you earned to offset the not so stellar pay. A lot of companies love getting prior military so they should be good with the obligations of a reservist. Just be open with them about all the obligations, plus once your with a company they cant discriminate against your obligations.

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    The pipefitters union has helments to hardhats program.
    Lu 533 in kc is strong and cost of living cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supertek65 View Post
    The pipefitters union has helments to hardhats program.
    Lu 533 in kc is strong and cost of living cheap.

    +1

    We have a couple of guys doing this/done this ....
    mikeacman

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    YOU'RE GOING TO REGRET LEAVING THE MILITARY.
    especially if you're looking for work on the west coast.
    you want to quit steady pay the military to work for some knucklehead running a rinky dink company?

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    It's a scary thought, I know, leaving what you know for the unknown. I'm prior service Marine now in the NG as a 91C (HVAC). The company I work for has been fantastic about my Guard service, even deployments. Actually there are 3 of us at this company, 2 Army and 1 Air Guard, all HVAC MOSs. The Air Guard guy came here with 0 civilian experience but 15+ years military and a top dog in his unit. Full of confidence and used to being the go to guy. Bombed big time initially. Really struggled and was way out of his league. However he recognized this, as did the service manager, and adjusted fire. Had to take a step back in pay and responsibility and learn what he had not been taught in the military environment. He did that and has grown into a compatent and agin confident tech. Not trying to scare you just prepare you. It's alot different out here. Expectations are higher and pace is much higher. You can do it I promise. With 9 years I'm guessing E5-E6 and probably considered an SME (subject matter expert). Out here you will be more like an E3 promotable. However the Air Guard will take you in a second so you can keep the rank and respect you have attained. Plus the extra income will help to start. You can do it as I said. Just do it with open eyes and mind. Good luck.

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    The contract I work at has many ex military guys working for us. They actually get preference. As far as continued service goes, our company grants whatever time is needed to fulfill your duties. Maybe you should consider a government sub like what I work for? We have techs and we also have PM guys which is great for someone looking to get their feet wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan1088 View Post
    The contract I work at has many ex military guys working for us. They actually get preference. As far as continued service goes, our company grants whatever time is needed to fulfill your duties. Maybe you should consider a government sub like what I work for? We have techs and we also have PM guys which is great for someone looking to get their feet wet.
    That's a great idea.

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    Great idea ryan!

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    First of all I want to Thank You! Nobody had to take time out of there day to help but I truely appreciate it.

    J-thetechwizard: Right now I have a big job for me (you guys might laught at this but this for me is a large job). Just to let you know this isn't always my routine. I'm on a traveling team that is gone around 250-280 days out of the year. We maintain alot of places all over the Pacific. Me and another HVAC guy are planning and working on installing two 20 ton split units and two 15 ton split units for a air terminal. We have another big job (not were I'm currently at) were we totally restoring a fourteen bay fire station. We have gutted the place to the bare concreate walls and replacing everything. From the roof to the walls. Including the entire HVAC system. To be honest J-thetechwizard demolition and asbestos removal take up most of workload. Deployments which I have one coming up, is were I can fully concentrate on my trade. Its nice getting to learn all kinds of different stuff like running all the heavy equipment, but I'd be lying if I didnt think down the road it could hinder me. Cause thats time I could have been doing HVAC. Thank You!!!



    supertek65, J-thetechwizard, SgtBone, mikeacman, tommy knocker, wolfstrike, ryan1088.... Thanks wasnt for sure if I get any responses but after getting off work I saw all you guys did that. Really made my day!!

    Just trying to get a ground plan. Still have a little under a year and half to go but always like to have a game plan. Alot of things can happen in that time which I'm sure everyone on here would agree with. Just want have open eyes like tommy was saying. I plan on getting on here any hearing alot of good information during that time.

    Thank You
    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryan1088 View Post
    The contract I work at has many ex military guys working for us. They actually get preference. As far as continued service goes, our company grants whatever time is needed to fulfill your duties. Maybe you should consider a government sub like what I work for? We have techs and we also have PM guys which is great for someone looking to get their feet wet.
    Hey Ryan was does PM stand for? What do they do?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoHerd View Post
    Hey Ryan was does PM stand for? What do they do?

    Thanks
    Preventative maint. Coil washing, belts, filters, ops checks, etc.

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