Hi, im certain this kinda thing gets discussed here alot but here goes again anyways.
Im a 39 year old factory worker who just lost the same job of 16 years to outsourcing. All ive known all my life is working in a factory, the same factory. I am sitting here at home now after 3 weeks on unemployment not knowing what the hell to do with myself. I have a job offer at another factory, they took me on a tour of the place and i just about puked - i couldnt wait to get out the door for some reason, i really dont know why. I turned it down. The idea of going back into another factory, working another 10 years then having it pull out again....well.
I have thought of going to school for some new trade but i just dont know what. I qualify for free schooling through some federal program called TAA. HVAC seems interesting, but i dont know anyone firsthand who does this kind of work to ask advice on. Im looking for a career where i can feel safe that its not gonna go away. I know any company can fold but so many factories are doing this these days.
My questions are, For someone who goes to school for HVAC, graduates and all how hard is it to get a job in this field afterwards? And what on average do new guys with schooling make? I am 39, is that too old to start thinking of getting into this kind of work? Ive never done it before but consider myself somewhat mechanically skilled. I know alot of this can vary, but any help or advice would be apreciated.
Good news as i said i can go to school pretty much for free. Bad news is i havent been inside of a classroom since i got out of high school so i know thats gonna be a change. Also i have no kids, no wife so thats less to worry about in a sense.
One last question, im in the Dayton, Ohio area. Anyone know of any good place to go for training in the field?
Thanks for any advice.