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  1. #27
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    DON'T DO IT

    i live here in Los Angeles.


    it takes 5 years experience to even be considered for employment in most jobs.

    the good jobs require commercial experience on chillers and boilers, and the union holds a monopoly on training to get into that area.
    (you can't get the experience you need in trade school)

    i've already seen a few young guys get hired into the union only to be let go within a few months.


    the residential companies are all turning over to sales which means they pay minimum wage plus a little commision.

  2. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfstrike View Post
    DON'T DO IT

    i live here in Los Angeles.


    it takes 5 years experience to even be considered for employment in most jobs.

    the good jobs require commercial experience on chillers and boilers, and the union holds a monopoly on training to get into that area.
    (you can't get the experience you need in trade school)

    i've already seen a few young guys get hired into the union only to be let go within a few months.


    the residential companies are all turning over to sales which means they pay minimum wage plus a little commision.
    That is a simple view from a biased perspective. There is an acute shortage of skilled motivated workers in this field. Usually motivation and a mechanical aptitude will bring the skill along in a couple of years. There is going to be quite a bit of new work coming down the pike in the next 3 years, not to mention the seasonal requirements which is just around the corner

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    [QUOTE=Matt Schwartz;256426 What is the top, highest paying part of this business? Because that is where I want to go ASAP. Thanks[/QUOTE]
    I just finished school and right now any area of hvac coming out of school you'll be lucky to get a job at 12/hr. I knew this going into school and I plan on waiting at least a few years before making decent money.

  4. #30
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    Quote Originally Posted by zzonko View Post
    That is a simple view from a biased perspective. There is an acute shortage of skilled motivated workers in this field. Usually motivation and a mechanical aptitude will bring the skill along in a couple of years. There is going to be quite a bit of new work coming down the pike in the next 3 years, not to mention the seasonal requirements which is just around the corner
    Actually, from what I read of the post to which you made reference, the poster was giving germane information about the area about which the OP was asking.

    Having skills and aptitude is great. However, the OP was asking about making the top dollar in his area, and it seems that would be very difficult to achieve outside of an apprenticeship program.
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