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    very confused as to what career to choose (need help)

    I have been thinking a lot and I still cant decide what career to choose HVAC or sprinkler fitting. what job pays more, which one is more harder, who has more jobs. what are good and the cons for both jobs. Also if any one here lives in Toronto I would realy like to here his opinion.

    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuke777 View Post
    I have been thinking a lot and I still cant decide what career to choose HVAC or sprinkler fitting. what job pays more, which one is more harder, who has more jobs. what are good and the cons for both jobs. Also if any one here lives in Toronto I would realy like to here his opinion.

    thank you.
    Sprinkler fittings?

    That's a career?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuke777 View Post
    I have been thinking a lot and I still cant decide what career to choose HVAC or sprinkler fitting. what job pays more, which one is more harder, who has more jobs. what are good and the cons for both jobs. Also if any one here lives in Toronto I would realy like to here his opinion.

    thank you.
    IF you love the challenge of problem solving
    IF you have an aptitute for math, science, physics and electronics
    IF you have mechnical ability
    IF you want to be top dog in the trades
    IF you love to constantly learn and be challenged
    THEN pick HVAC

    IF not then you should settle for putting sprinklers together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary_g View Post
    Sprinkler fittings?

    That's a career?
    Sprinkler fitter. Is a trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gary_g View Post
    Sprinkler fittings?

    That's a career?
    that's fire sprinklers, I talked to one of the guys who worked at simplex and he told me he gets 51$/h plus he is unionized and works only 40 hours a week. that seems like a solid job to me. but I want to hear more then just from one source.

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    Ask him, how many guys are sitting at the hall now, while commercial construction is down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    Ask him, how many guys are sitting at the hall now, while commercial construction is down.
    I dont see him any more but, you telling me that sprinkler fitting/pipe fitting is heavily dependent on construction boom? how is HVAC different?

    not trying to challenge here anyone but just finding out more information.

    thanks for replies.

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    Both trades are in conjunction with construction.

    So both trades could be slow in your area.
    Although. HVAC does more service the sprinkler fitter.
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    depends on ur area, over by me some towns r makin it code for all new construction homes to be sprinkled, i hear its pretty decent but i cant imagine theyd be busy year round doin that alone, mayb if ur workin for a fire prevention company ud be busY

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    how much on average HVAC installers get payed, also how many hourse most of them work and are they unionized?

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    Moved to job discussion.


    How much on average depends on the area.
    Resi new construction is not a high paying job.
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    all those questions are wildly varied depending on location and type of HVAC work...i know some who are sitting at home and some who are pulling +60 hours a week..many Union many more Non-union. some making $0 because they are starting there own business, some +$40 because of skill and demand for there niche market. To many variables to have a solid answer.

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    any idea which trad has more demand? also how hard is it to get in to HVAC union?

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