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    hello everyone

    I have been troubleshooting/servicing/building windows based desktops/laptops/servers since 2001. i have been the service manager since 2003. i know this isn't going to last forever, i am 32 years old. i am trying to figure out something that will be around and need repair a lot longer than what i am currently doing

    I would like to become a proficient HVAC tech. i would like to get into servicing systems

    I am supporting my wife and young son right now so i would have to continue working during the day then doing whatever training at night or on the weekends

    i will put my education questions in the appropriate area. glad i signed up here

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    Might go talk to a few heating and AC shops... I think you may find entry on a part time basis difficult.

    Might consider doing computers part time... as the apprentice phase of heating and AC is multi-year. Over the long run, this field is a good place if one has the following qualifications:
    *Proficient with hand tools and basic mechanical and electrical ability
    *Wants to learn (and continue to learn)
    *Able to work long and hard hours
    *Able to deal with different environments (weather, attic, crawl, mechanical rooms, etc)

    What part of the country are you in?
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    i am about an hour away from buffalo NY

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    specifically Rochester if any of you are aware of the area. thank you for the info GA!

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    where's qwerty at, he's from that area.
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    There is a guy named J-mac00 on this forum... he lives in your area. Might look him up and offer to buy him lunch if he will explain some things to you. Guy understands the business.
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    There are a lot of shops in the greater Buffalo area looking for help. I have seen some ads on Craigslist looking for helpers. If you want to get your foot In The door I would try something like that that. There are a few other guys from Rochester on here, they may chime in if there shops are looking.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tech222 View Post
    i am about an hour away from buffalo NY
    Put some info in your profile like an email so people can contact you.


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    If I was you, I would join the pipe fitters union and go for service...since J.W. Danforth is a prime fitting company, they have nearly 100% of all union hvac service work.
    Trust me...I'm in the sheet metal union local #71... hoo-raa, and we have no-one in service; too my chagrin!

    If you want to go union, start now as an apprentice and stay in. Starting out non-union and then going union is a waste of time, or go non-union and stay there.
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    or try a controls company. with your computer background, you would be a good hvac controls trainee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty hvac View Post
    Put some info in your profile like an email so people can contact you.
    i updated my information

    Quote Originally Posted by J-thetechwizard View Post
    If I was you, I would join the pipe fitters union and go for service...since J.W. Danforth is a prime fitting company, they have nearly 100% of all union hvac service work.
    Trust me...I'm in the sheet metal union local #71... hoo-raa, and we have no-one in service; too my chagrin!

    If you want to go union, start now as an apprentice and stay in. Starting out non-union and then going union is a waste of time, or go non-union and stay there.
    i will look into that, thank you for the advice

    Quote Originally Posted by J-thetechwizard View Post
    or try a controls company. with your computer background, you would be a good hvac controls trainee.
    that is a great idea



    if i read correctly i believe valdelocc is or was around here as well if anyone knows him. i believe i need to either have more posts or upgrade my account to personal message people so i have limited means until i'm here longer.


    this isn't a question, just a statement. i attended the informational session at MCC last night, it was nice to talk to people there but i really want to pick at someones brain that has been working around here for a while to see what they think about the advice i have been given



    i do appreciate the hospitality and all of the great advice, please don't be shy with any advice regardless of where you are located

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    Try checking Johnson Controls and Siamens. They do a ton of control work.


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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty hvac View Post
    Try checking Johnson Controls and Siamens. They do a ton of control work.


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    hey Qwerty, I just sent tech222 an e-mail. Is there a Trane dealer in Lackawana or something named Grisome/Griston? Our Trane dealer got his dealership yanked by Trane a couple months ago. I have no idea who is handling Trane now. I suppose I could go to the American Standard guys (VP Supply)
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