I'm looking for some advise from HVAC Techs and company owner, or if you know about hiring in this field.
I'm not sure what direction would be best to take to work towards my goal of becoming an apprentice in the HVAC industry. I currently work for a supplier (ac, heat pumps, ) and know their product pretty well. I need to make a big decision whether I stay or leave the company to achieve my goal.
I basically have 4 options I'm considering right now.
1) My current company is willing to pay for me to take any HVAC courses I want. So I could stay here and try building up my resume some more but many of the local classes I've found get canceled due to low enrollment.
2) I could attend a long (2 year I think) full time course at a local technical school. The school is very reputable but my uncle who has been in the industry for a while was saying he doesn't think much of the grads from the school. He'd say they don't know how to do anything and aren't great workers...ect. That's just his opinion though, I'm not sure if many other people believe the same thing or not.
3) I could get a job at a Refrigeration supplies store (my uncles suggestion) which would expose me to all the common parts as well as a number of other brands that I have no experience with. Also I'd get to meet a lot of people in the industry.
4) I could shoot out a bunch of resumes to HVAC companies and hope to get an apprenticeship. I've got a couple years with my current company, a "pre-apprenticeship" course, an electronics course, basic electric, some motor controls and a bunch of less relevant stuff on my resume. It's kinda tough to get into the industry around here though, so I'm not sure if I'd be able to get my apprenticeship yet.
I plan on asking this to everyone I possibly can, hopefully the people here can offer some valuable incite into my dilemma.
Thank you very much!