is this usually a one man job or multiple?
Mostly one man from a technician level. Installs vary.
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Best job in the world......
Most satisfying job i have ever had. remember this, you will only get what you put in.
With the right attitude about this field you will be able to overcome anything that life throws your way, but if you are lazy, arrogant, not mechanically inclined, or prefer to 'hang out' vs working this field will hurt you.
Ask yourself this, "What do i want out of work?"
If you want time off to hang out with your friends, family, look elsewhere.......
BUT if you like working, challenges, this could be for you. A good friend runs his own show, just him and his nephew, hes never stressed out, and has the ability to take a summer off to go RVing, again this job is what you make of it....
I can do all things in him that strengthen me.
Apostle Paul inspired by GOD.
This about sums it up; Only thing is until you get your feet wet it is bloody murder. Then as your knowledge progresses this industry becomes the best lover you could ever have. As long as you strive to get better every day it will provide a great means in which to work.
Originally Posted by SoFlaDave
I would definitely recommend this field. I would even be OK with it if one of my sons wanted to enter the trade, even though you always want something better for your kids. But this all depends on a few factors:
Originally Posted by roadtrip
1. What are your natural talents? Are you a very mechanical person? To do well in this trade, you must have some kind of natural mechanical/electrical talent. I see tons of guys who are not talented in this field and they just "get by". It makes your job more enjoyable and easier if you have some natural talent.
2. Physical location. Where do you live? I am in South Florida, I am good at what I do, I will always have a job, even in this tough economy.
3. Where do you want to go to learn the trade? You could go to a trade school, or you could join the Union and go through an apprenticeship. I went through the union and did a 5 year apprenticeship. The union school down here in FL is one of the best in the nation. It was very tough, and it made me the best service tech I could be. After school, you will always be learning too.
Those are the biggest factors you need to consider. As far as day to day life goes, it varies a lot.
I started out doing residential/light commercial service and installations including duct work, pool heaters, heat pumps, electric heat strips, straight cool split and package systems, and even window units. I had to run 6-8 service calls a day some days, and other times there were jobs that lasted 5 days. Starting in my second year of apprenticeship I was on-call. Service calls usually came in on the weekend and after normal hours but not too late at night. This was the best way to learn the trade.
In my 4th year of apprenticeship I got the opportunity to go to work at Carrier and I got my first exposure to chillers. This was the big leagues and when I was on-call I could get calls at all hours of the night and early morning. Hospitals, power plants, movie theaters need service right away. This is how I learned chillers. Sink or swim!
5 years later I got invited to go to work at Trane. Been there ever since. The quality of life improved dramatically. I am only on-call twice a year, and I can usually get out of it because someone is always looking for OT. I work an 8 hour day and get my 40 hours. There is OT if I want it, but I'd rather be home with my twin boys.
I have great health care, a strong pension, and I work for probably the best HVAC company on the planet. So I guess the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
Very Very true!!!
Originally Posted by yellowirenut
Ever since I started this trade, I cant seem to keep a woman around, and I dont even know my kids anymore. Seriously!!
Originally Posted by mizzouhvac
You're doing it wrong! My family life has never been better.
Originally Posted by simplyrollin
Have tools and gauges, will travel.
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I live in tampa fl. I am ready to educate myself in the HVAC industry. I am a hard, smart and driven worker, I am very mechanically inclined and can fix about anythin I put my mind to, with 3 yrs experiance plumbing and 15 yrs experiance being a rental maintenance tech. I am very intrested in HVAC
How should I get started?
Tech schools here charge about $30,000 for a degree that will get me a entry possition.
Doesnt anyone hire someone for there drive and basic skills as an apprenticship. Anyways I dont know about anyone else but I learn mostly from doing and doing and doing over and over, not from some professor teaching me basics from a classroom that in all reality, I will have to relearn in the field from a SVC. Tech.
Your experience means very little, your attitude and commitment could mean quite a bit.
Originally Posted by THNKABTHVAC
A good HVAC professional needs both classroom theory and field experience. Like many other professions that once only required only a high school diploma but now want a college degree, the technical knowledge required has grown. You can in fact find a company to hire and train you but they will often want a younger guy to start out as a gofer. You will have to stress that you will work hard for low pay for quite some time before they will pay you more.
Some companies do both plumbing and HVAC, but that depends on the State laws. I would look at that option closely. Try to work for the company that produces the best quality work that you can given your options. You can't learn what you need from hacks, only what not to do.
You might want to stick around here and ask for advice as to who might be better to work for. Some tips can be provided in training assistance.
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I reposted a new thread in the correct category. THks