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  1. #14
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    If any of y'all know much about NC I live in what they call the furniture capital of the world which is the city of HIgh Point. Which now with everything over seas high point is dead. There use to be all the factories and all that there all gone now. My cousin is renting a 100k sf furniture building for our shop.

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    I had actually looked at moving down to Wilmington to do work down there but the job fell through. I would move out to Arozina in a heartbeat if I could. Cause I love to water and watercraft then have lake havasu and all the off roading out there.

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    I will Try to post more info later. Basically, you become a working student in a 5 year program and end up as a union tech with great pay and benefits. In philly, they can't fill all the spots. This way, you don't fork over your own money for training, and end up making twice the pay when you're done. Sweet deal.
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    i would look in to penn foster online classes. they send you everything you need. i went through them last year i think it was less than a grand i think. like you i went to collage for auto mechanics. i learned and done very well in auto a/c and liked it so i finally took the hvac. you get to keep everything they send you to look back to for info or to keep up on.
    good luck in whatever you do

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    Contact these guys.

    http://www.ualocal421.org/
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    Quote Originally Posted by timebuilder View Post
    Contact these guys.

    http://www.ualocal421.org/

    Do they do HVAC? Or is there a same program like that for HVAC?

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    BUMP BUMP

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    Don't forget that you need to be EPA certified to purchase, or handle refrigerants.

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    try brady Service down there they use to be TRANE and broke away they have like 5 offices thru out the state...commercial is the way to go to get into the money especially with the OT,you can always do residential servcie installs on a more relaxed weekend...there is only so much with installs...brady is in the middle of winter maint.situation once you see the chillers your going to say SH******************** even if your good with a meter and breakdowns they might need a rooftop commercial tech.... throw a resume over there...they have a good 100 plus techs check their site out....good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxster View Post
    try brady Service down there they use to be TRANE and broke away they have like 5 offices thru out the state...commercial is the way to go to get into the money especially with the OT,you can always do residential servcie installs on a more relaxed weekend...there is only so much with installs...brady is in the middle of winter maint.situation once you see the chillers your going to say SH******************** even if your good with a meter and breakdowns they might need a rooftop commercial tech.... throw a resume over there...they have a good 100 plus techs check their site out....good luck

    Ok thanks man will do. Now to get my license where i can handle refrigerants do I have to take a long class or what? I will check them and see what I can find

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    well guys wish me luck, going this am to ask to get switched over from plumbing to HVAC

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    What he is telling you is to get into a union training program. I don't have any experience with a program like that but have been told that they have the best training in the industry. I went to community college and knew absolutely nothing when I got out. I learned way more I the field than I ever did in school especially from senior techs who are willing to talk. That being said my company is looking for a degree or be enrolled. Alamance Community has one of the best programs around from what I have been told. If commercial is what interests you that is where I would start though. Make no mistake though the work can be as nasty as anything around. I have crawled on my hands and knees through water in a basement to blow out condensate drains and worked in mud over my boots to check a condensing unit because "it has to run today". The job description can and will include service, installer, electrician, plumber, IT,tech support, sales, engineer, and a couple I am sure I have left out. What I am trying to say is don't go down this path because its easier. It's always the air conditioners fault when something goes wrong in a building no matter what the problem is. I don't want to discourage you because I enjoy my work and this industry. I do something different most every day and get to see a lot of things somebody working in a cubicle doesn't. I'm outside most of the time and make pretty good money doing it. If I had to do it all over again knowing what I know now I would still choose this industry.

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