New to HVAC Career
I am currently a student, 21 years old, with an interest in pursuing a career in the HVAC industry. I recently found out about a union apprenticeship program offered through my school and decided to go for it. I applied this month and took the math exam achieving a perfect score on the exam. I am now studying for the aptitude test taking place in about a month. Is this a good start? Would you guys recommend I follow through with this opportunity? Lastly, I have ZERO experience in the field and would like to know how I would go about gaining some experience. What about pulling out the Yellow Pages and calling local companies? Do you guys think they will let me work for no pay? I am in it for the hands on experience. Thanks a bunch!
The technical college I am about to graduate from, puts you on an externship with a local company after your third quarter. You do one day a week for five weeks. After that you can continue if you want to and the company wants you to. You work for free, but that's how you can get some experience. You also get to take a "test drive" at that company and vise-versa.
Right now I am doing externships at two different companies. I figure you can't have your foot stuck in too many doors when you will be looking for a job soon.
Hmmm...how to get a job without experience and how to get experience without a job? Sounds like an age old question...you might find a some companies willing to do this, would be worth trying. Good luck
The statement below is my signature and just my overall feeling towards our industry and does not necessarily pertain to you nor this thread.
There really isn't a legitimate excuse for not doing the job correctly!
i am only 24 and i was blessed to have my entire family in the hvac field so i had a ton of chances to get educated, i would go for the union apprenticeship if i were you, i went to school for a little bit and felt like i learned nothing compared to the day to day things you will learn and pick up from people who have been in the field for a long time. with it getting warm companies will start getting super busy and that is a good chance to try and get in as a helper with an install crew or atleast as an intern, best of luck to you, its a great field and i wouldnt change anything
Any luck finding a job yet?
Worry is a really gross misuse of one's imagination. -- PHM
When I got out of school I went to just about every Hvac company with my cert and resume and basically planted my seed. Months passed and I thought it was a waste of time. I sent my resumes to companies that needed helpers and still wanted exp. I got a job doing TAB estimating cause I thought I was never gonna get a shop. Well just a couple of weeks ago I got a job offer to become a helper and ultimately becoming a tech. I start Tuesday and I'm really excited! The moral of the story is just keep "flooding" these companies with resumes and even visits! Thats just my little story. Good luck everyone.