Is 43 too old to pursue this field?
I started in the trades in my early thirties, first as a wood finisher, then as Corian countertop fabricator and installer, then as a cabinet builder and kitchen installer, and now for three years as a commercial repair/handyman. In the last three years I have done a ton of basic plumbing and electric and faced issues more mechanical and technical in nature. I have even had some hvac issues come up...
I am currently immersed in reading Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning which I have been told is the "HVAC bible". All I know is that I love it and believe that this industry is where my heart is...but I am 43. I am not too proud to be an apprentice, but I don't know that I could survive the cut in pay - I don't have a family, but I am a homeowner.
Is it too late for me?
the only time anything is too late is when they're hammering the nails in your coffin lid
It's never too late, it may be difficult to find someone to hire a greenhorn at that age though.
I say go for it. It's a young man's game. My advice- keep pushing forward with your education so that you can transition out of the field and into a less physically demanding position.
I would much rather have an older person than a younger one. From my expierence the older guys are very dependable,hard working, and less likely to leave. Three of the best workers I have ever worked with were over 60. Maybe a little slower but always curtious and excellent work.
Originally Posted by jtrammel
Perhaps I should edit my question. It is NOT in fact too late for me - I am the only one that can answer that. I AM pursuing this. I guess I am seeking advice on how to do it under my circumstances. I have skills and experience in the trades, I am mechanically and electrically inclined, and I'm not a kid. But the state of MD requires 1,750 hours of apprenticeship over two years (I think) to be eligible to apply for journeyman. Again, I'm not too good or proud to start at the bottom. It's an issue of practical-ness. Any advice is appreciated and thank you to those who already replied.
I will reiterate- go for it. Crawling under houses and climbing into attics will get old, or make you older. Pursue your ambitions, but plan for the future.
I can say one thing that is my biggest pet peeve about this trade. Age seems to play a role in how people seem to think of thier knowlege. I follow behind a 40 something HACK and everyone thinks he knows alot cause he is older then me has no Lic no training etc. We have both been in the trade same amout of time but me being late 20 and having all my lic etc people still Think he is more knowlegable even after I come and save the day. I just rewired a whole lennox RTU cause he left them for 2 weeks cause he Told them the proplem is deeper can't find it "WHAT!" The customer still told me I must have learn all I know from Him
So what I am getting at is i think it will be alot easier to get a job over a young kid as long as you got the Lic for your state clean driving rewcord crimnal check etc
LEARN HOW TO READ WIRE DIAGRAMS!!!!
Maybe they give him credit because he is literate.
LEARN HOW TO READ AND WRITE
I a funny you say that my father is 51 and he was always handy but always worked in restaurants ... I in essence was following in his footsteps but one day woke up and decided to do HVAC.. so now I am on my own and have my dad leaving the restaurants and coming to help me on projects. I am trying to get him into the rese school so he can learn more then be able to be a project manager or at least go and look at jobs and price them.. something to keep him busy and out of the restaurant.
Good luck and learn as much as possible..
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Couldn't agree more...
Originally Posted by fliks
To the OP, get your 608 and keep reading. Also, visit this site often. Ask questions here, the wealth of knowledge in this community is amazing. Get your post count up and apply for pro status so you will get access to the education section.
HVAC is very rewarding if you like helping people and take pride in a job well done.
Best of luck!
Wood you are old.... Lol
Ok.. Im 43 also but I got 24 years in it.
My advice as long as u keep fit
Hit the gym.
My installer is over 50, but he is in great
You can work for school district, city
They just do the service stuff,easy and light work.
Working for service company is a lot more physical
Hit the books hard and ask a lot of questions here
Know your technical stuff really good and you'll be ok
Good luck old man..lol.