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    HVAC or Electrical Apprenticeship

    Hey,
    I'm currently taking a couple of intro HVAC courses @ my local community college. I want to learn this trade and have previous mechanical experience. However, I want some opinions whether I should enroll in an electrical apprentice program (learn while I earn) or continue to try to find a position as an HVAC helper (just starting out). I can likely continue taking HVAC classes as my schedule permits. Is it more advantageous to learn electrical first? I eventually (years from now) want to have my own small business doing electrical and hvac. Any thoughts? Thx

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    All I can tell you is you'll learn more about electrical work in HVAC field then you'll learn about HVAC in the electrical field.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhunter97 View Post
    All I can tell you is you'll learn more about electrical work in HVAC field then you'll learn about HVAC in the electrical field.

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    very true......
    it was working.... played with it.... now its broke.... whats the going hourly rate for HVAC repair

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    I know of some electricians making over 100K per year. I don't know any hvac guys making that much.
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten". --Benjamin Franklin
    "Don't argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience". --Mark Twain
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    I've never met an Electrician making anywhere near $100K/Yr. I've never met a Union Electrician making more than a Union HVACR Tech. Maybe, and it's stretch, a Union Electrician might make more than a non-Union HVACR Tech.

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    Around here journeyman electricians are at about 28-35/hr
    Refrigeration/AC guys are about 40-48/hr, both non-union.
    Easy to get around 100k w/ overtime, plus you're not bending conduit and pulling wire all day.

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    Are you saying both Electricians and HVACR Techs in your area make over $100K/Yr.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by air1 View Post
    I know of some electricians making over 100K per year. I don't know any hvac guys making that much.
    I know a bunch including myself. jhunter97 is right. I know firsthand that as long as you are eager to learn (throughout your career) and not afraid to get as many tickets as you can, move around and get as much diversified experience as you can, that down the road you will be able to pretty much write your own ticket (command your salary relative to the market). Once you've proven well in the field then poject management and general management will be an option sooner or later.
    If a day went by without a problem - there'ld be a problem.

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    Union represented Linemen working for the utilities can make over 100K. HVAC guys in this area top out at 70K. Union service techs in the fitters union will make 80K with overtime.
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten". --Benjamin Franklin
    "Don't argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience". --Mark Twain
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    That sounds real good. Here Union SJm Electricians are $13/Hr less than Union SJm HVACR Techs. I don't know about any electrical utilities lineman though. Do you work for SBT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by air1 View Post
    I know of some electricians making over 100K per year. I don't know any hvac guys making that much.
    Well I do. Every single journeyman in Seattle is making at least 110k a year. And they work as much as they want. As for the electricians, they seem to be on the bench unless the construction is booming

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    A lot can change in almost 2 years since this thread started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VTP99 View Post
    A lot can change in almost 2 years since this thread started.
    Tommy that. Depends a lot on company and background. Union or non union. I just saw and felt the random need to comment.

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