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  1. #1
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    Oct 2012
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    Question hiring practices

    Hello,
    Can you tell me if most of your employers start folks off as HVAC install helpers or hire direct into service technicians?

  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
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    Detroit vicinity, Michigan
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    I started as an install helper, I was so green and these guys moved so fast I didn't last long. Took a spot on the duct cleaning crew while I was still taking classes. Then one day I was explaining the operation of a pump down system to one of the installers, he went and got the service manager and told me "now tell him what you just told me" I was in a van the next week and haven't looked back.

  3. #3
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    Pendergrass, GA
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    It depends on the tech if they are naturally good at diagnostics the chance of them moving into service comes sooner.

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  4. #4
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    I don't know of anyone who started out as a service tech. You start out as a install helper because the boss wants to find out if you'll show up to work everyday, how you are with tools, and can you follow directions. Prove to him you can do those things, and beging to take initiative, and you will move over to service. Once you become a service tech it wil take another 3-5 years to become good and even longer to become great. That is providing you strive to be the best.
    Officially, Down for the count

    YOU HAVE TO GET OFF YOUR ASS TO GET ON YOUR FEET

    I know enough to know, I don't know enough
    Liberalism-Ideas so good they mandate them

  5. #5
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    Indianapolis, IN, USA
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    What's the qualifications? What's the opening? If we need a tech, they need to be experienced and ready to go. If we need an install, we're often willing to try a helper and see if they have the ability, work ethic & brainpower to work their way up.

  6. #6
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    i think most right out of school or with little experience either start out as a helper or in the Maintenance department doing a lot of tune ups until they prove they are ready.

  7. #7
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    hard to find anyone in my area..... everyone wants $40 an hour and work 9-4.....
    it was working.... played with it.... now its broke.... whats the going hourly rate for HVAC repair

  8. #8
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    Feb 2003
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    Wichita Ks
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    I started out as a tech right after school, rode with another tech for 2 weeks and off on my own.

  9. #9
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    well done....not many can pull that off......
    it was working.... played with it.... now its broke.... whats the going hourly rate for HVAC repair

  10. #10
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    Atlanta ga
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    I love to install but i am only 5 years in the industry thats what i mostly do install but i am still looking for a job as a service technician but i understand its take time because service technicians is the employees who really bring money to the company

  11. #11
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    Mississippi
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    I started by being a grunt for senior tech in residential company. I did this for a year (my last year in trade school). I proved myself and was on my on for another year of light commercial. Got a job offer with a commercial/industrial company. I took it and have been with them ever since. I still learn something new everyday.

  12. #12
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    Location
    Virginia
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    i took some night classes then started off on a commercial maintenance crew then started running calls
    We really need change now

  13. #13
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    Nov 2007
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    Tucson, AZ
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    I have never done anything but service first job out of college was refrigeration technician maybe because I was a jet mechanic before going to get my A.A.S. in HVAC/R. I was 4.0 student 21 credits a quarter and working full time At lowes to boot!
    No Brag just Fact.

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