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    Felons in HVAC...

    What is it like for felons in the HVAC job market?

    Im asking because I am a felon who is trying to get his act together... I am in school for HVAC (most residential) and I just wanted to know if anyone has any advice or suggestions... tell me about things to look for...

    I am in PA

    any advice is appreciated...

    And yes, I am a piece of **** for being a felon, you do not have to tell me

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    If i was you i would apply at small companies, the kind of companies that only have four or five techs, these kind of companies are not hardcore on the back ground checks, and you will get more exposure to equipment and troubleshooting, basically you will be thrown to the wolves, but its worth it because in two or three years any large company will take you for your experience.

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    I would asume it's all gonna be what your crime is for (not that i am asking). But working in the residential field you have to work inside many homes and if robbery was your thing, is a company gonna feel safe about hiring you due to the fact there is always that fear of something coming up missing in someones home. Are my customers gonna feel safe if they ever found out i hired a felon. I think we all need a second chance in life to do the right thing so i would not have an issuse with it but, would the customers in the dallas area who know do.Would it hurt my business. Not Sure. My brother is a convicted felon and he has changed and has owned and operated one of the best hardwood floor businesses in the dallas area. So all i can say is good luck to you in your future in the HVAC Industry

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    Texas is now certifying technicians that work for A/C companies and part of this process is background checks, this I think is mostly to protect residential customers

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    thanks everyogn for their answers, keep them coming.,..

    I understand as a felon my work to earn my respect will be very tough!! But i am prepared for it.. it ook the easy way out and had fun for 5 to 6 years.. now its karma and i have to take the hard humbling road!

    As far as certification, in PA, you can get certified even if you are a felon

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    Not to go off subject but it is very much needed in Texas due to all the fly by night companies.

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    it won't effect a fly by night company, in fact it won't do anything but generate some more $$$ for the state

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    I'm curious...what kind of felony? How long were you in the joint?

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    You could probably start by changing your name. First impressions and all....
    I love my job, but paydays Thursday

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    Yes.

    Maybe from "boardBULLY" to "New man."
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    Smaller companies will generally not do a background check before hiring you. Once you have proved you are a valuable tech, word gets around.
    Or, you could always go into business for yourself. The time spent as an apprentice is valuable training if you don't already have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoardBULLY View Post
    thanks everyogn for their answers, keep them coming.,..

    I understand as a felon my work to earn my respect will be very tough!! But i am prepared for it.. it ook the easy way out and had fun for 5 to 6 years.. now its karma and i have to take the hard humbling road!

    As far as certification, in PA, you can get certified even if you are a felon
    You seem to have a good and humble attitude about it, I commend you for that.

    Continue to be honest with potential employers about your past. Some will have a problem with your record but others will appreciate your honesty and give you a chance. You're right that it will be a tough road, but hard work and perseverance will eventually pay off.

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    You've picked a good field. Lots of felons here.

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