So I started the first semester of the HVAC program at my local community college a couple weeks ago. In addition to earning an A.A.S. in HVAC in Fall 2014, I'll also have a C.S.C. in Electricity to go along with it (I figured it will help me with troubleshooting in the field). When I spoke to my HVAC instructor about job hunting considering my lack of experience, he said now would be the right time to look so I can earn experience while attending classes.
With that, I plan on visiting a few companies in my area this week to try and get my foot in the door, but I have a few questions:
- What kind of attire should I wear? I imagine I don't need to wear a suit, but are khaki slacks with a dress shirt and tie acceptable?
- Do I need to bring my tools? If so, what tools should I have?
- I'm nervous because as a young career switcher, I have a bachelor degree and an A.S. from another community college and my previous work experience is in customer service and landscape architecture. I'm afraid I'll be viewed as over-qualified for an entry-level position or I'll be shrugged off because I have no technical experience. Based on my qualifications, can anyone offer any input into how an HVAC company might view a candidate such as myself?
I appreciate your advice! This website and community has been a tremendously valuable resource since I found it a few months ago. I'm really excited to get started in HVAC and hopefully I can start soon! Thanks!