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    Confused Career Advise

    Hello everyone,

    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!

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    If you have an opportunity to go to school and someone else is paying for it doit and don't look back. Keep your job get your school then make your decision. Agood foundation is never going to crumble. You get out of school what you put into it.

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    in the long haul I think the two year will pay off. If nothing else it will keep you from banging your head on a couple of walls

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aspiring_Tech View Post
    Hello everyone,

    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!

    Have you looked into the DDC field?
    Universal Technical Institute 2001 Alumni - Pheonix, AZ Campus

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    Being that you are from Canada The Canadian members can advise you best, I have no idea how it's done in Canada.

    However, I do not recommend anyone get into this field ever.
    If common sense is so common how come so few of us have it!

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    I've been talking to people at the school and it's sounding like it's likely the best option. I will be footing the bill but the course is done with some coop work with HVAC companies so I'd get some small pay. Plus there is potential to be hired on full with the company I learn under.

    @universaltech
    By DDC field, you mean the controls that link the HVAC system to a building management system? From what I've seen, seems like any job with fancy control options has a specific controls company spec'd to handle it. What are some details to know about the DDC field?

    Thanks alot to everyone for offering up advise!


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    Assuming you have union apprenticeships in Canada, that would be my ONLY recommendation.

    Five years of learning, on the job training, you don't pay for it yourself. Perfect.
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    Go to school it definitely will give you the upper hand, trust me I experienced this. I left the trade for a lot of money the plant closed and I was laid off for 2 years. The only thing I had left was my hvac certifications, I went on a hundred interviews at a time when the industry is slow. I am technically a rookie but what got me in the door was my school and my determination to take over the hvac industry.

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