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    Career in HVAC with record.

    Would the HVAC industry be entirely off limits to an individual with a domestic violence conviction?
    Aggravated Battery
    False Imprisonment

    Both felonies. Iím aware that carries a great deal of stigma, especially in regard to trusting me around customers or in homes. So Iím coming here to see if going to community college for HVAC is entirely a waste of time. It seems like plenty of careers are off limits for me, I have my eyes set on trades. Even before the conviction, but the HVAC field appeared like a healthy one with plenty of jobs.

    I was told that itís not an impossible one for me to get into. Especially commercial or on an install crew. What do you guys think? Is a DV case a big deal breaker, or could I find a home somewhere.

    My uncles an iron worker and wants me to be a welder. So Iím trying to decide between the two.


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    No you will be fine! Speaking from my personal experience. I havenít been in any trouble in 10 years now. When I was younger stupider and Wilder I got myself into all kinds of trouble. A lot of felony threes fours and fives. One felony to that they dropped to a felony three. All drug related. After I got out I stayed clean went to HVAC school then started my HVAC career. Iíve worked for three different HVAC companies in the last 10 years and none of them did a background check. Two of them companies were medium size residential companies and the company I work for now is a very large commercial service company. To me it seems like most of these companies have a hard time finding good technicians and are willing to overlook some bad records from the past in exchange for good service techs or hard-working installers. I never speak of my past to employers unless asked. Very few applications Iíve come across this field have asked if I have ever been convicted of a felony.

    My advice is go to school learn all you can learn and donít even think about the past or worry about it. I donít think you will have a hard time getting a job in HVAC whatsoever.

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    Go commercial. And go union.

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    I agree with Chris. Commercial and start as a UA apprentice.

    I have done a lot of welding, and while there is a certain satisfaction to making a great bead, reliably, time after time, it is indeed a little too much of the same thing to do it all day, every day. As a repair welder, I could go a day or two doing other repairs and some engine diagnostics, and a lot of cab AC, which made the welding seem interesting at the time. However, I could not see doing it 100% of the time, even for 100k.

    Commercial HVAC is much more challenging intellectually, and you never stop learning.
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    you'll be fine provided you dont have your face and other visible skin covered in jail tats.
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    Experience - knowing when to get the hell out of the way and plug your ears. "Don't be a sissy. Turn it on!"

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    Thatís what I was thinking. I have no tattoos, clean cut looking always. I figured as much that commercial would be best. Thank you for the replies!




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    Be honest on your app, if they ask for that information or do a background check. Otherwise, dont mention it. It's not even a lie of omission if they dont ask for it.
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    Right now it definitely seems to be more of an employee's market. It seems like all HVAC companies are having a hard time finding employees right now, especially ones with a good driving record who can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job they go to.

    As long as you have a good driving record and can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job, I'd bet you probably wouldn't have too many problems.

    You might run into a few road blocks with bigger companies, or if the company you end up with has a contract with a government facility or something, but I do know that there are lots of companies out there who need employees right now.

    Move forward with your life and try not to look back! Good luck to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ammoniadog View Post
    Right now it definitely seems to be more of an employee's market. It seems like all HVAC companies are having a hard time finding employees right now, especially ones with a good driving record who can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job they go to.

    As long as you have a good driving record and can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job, I'd bet you probably wouldn't have too many problems.

    You might run into a few road blocks with bigger companies, or if the company you end up with has a contract with a government facility or something, but I do know that there are lots of companies out there who need employees right now.

    Move forward with your life and try not to look back! Good luck to you.
    Appreciate that! Thank you for the information!


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    You should be fine. I think one of our guys has a DV conviction from his previous marriage doesnt make him any less capable. It hasn't been an issue with him getting access to the contracts we have with government buildings. We had to get background checks and fingerprinted to work there. I think you'll be fine just be honest with your employer

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