By accident in 1969 I signed up for a Refrigeration and AC VoTech class. I thought I was going to learn how to fix appliances. Had a great instructor, sure am glad I didn't become a washing machine repairman, no offense to the "Maytag Man", I just think this is a more interesting and challenging field. Was a refer tech. in the army after that, but my first civilian HVAC job was in 1973
Anything I say here is only my opinion. Even if you understood what I said.... What I said may not even be what I meant.
I'm in yr 33 now and still enjoying it. The advances keep it interesting.
I started with an aptitude test in high school that showed I would do good at this trade. So two years of Vo-Tech in high school and two years of theroy
at the local university and some RSES training. I got my first job as a service man and told do not leave the job until it works. Man that made for some long days.
[QUOTE=ball a/c;2153672]I started working as a trim out man, putting on grills, stats, hooking up gas lines and starting up furnaces. The company did mostly RNC work. I would trim out four houses each day. This was in 1961.
I started our company in 1964.
All this said, Ive been working in this industry for 48 years.