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    HVAC in Arizona

    My names Alan and I'm new to the forums. I joined this website so that I could ask a few questions although this may not be the proper section to ask these questions, I figured I should give it a shot anyways. I finished high school about a year ago in Arizona and then moved out to California so I could find work. Now I'm interested in finding a long term career but I am taking my time in choosing. Before I moved I met an interesting Romanian man who gave me advice. Three important things he said was that I should stop searching for so hard for my calling, focus on educating myself, and to have a career that could support me. I do plan on moving back to Arizona and eventually got the idea that HVAC could be a good career choice considering how important that is out there.

    1. What is the HVAC industry like, in general and in Arizona specifically?
    2. Would I be able to support myself and fund my college education with a career in HVAC?
    3. What is being an HVAC technician like, including the good and bad side of HVAC?
    4. What does it take to be successful in HVAC, in both education and attitude.

    Thank you for any advice

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    I'm out here in arizona and graduated from hvac school 3 years ago the schooling was like 9 months . with a back ground in the hotel industries. It has been easy for me to find work as a maintenance man in the hotel industries and I have been able to get more money then what the others guys get with out hvac experience. Now ,I have had a dui here and that set me back big time. But I have been fortunate enough to work for a hotel that has 300 water source heat pumps 7, 15 ton straight cool and package systems and lots of 3-5 ton split systems. I got the start up at 16 an hour and have learned a lot within the year working for the hotel. Now that my dmv record is clearing up I can go and work for a residential company and interview with much more confidence then I did right out of school.
    I like what I do and It's good to know that their is an opportunity for me to learn lots more and get paid well for my skill. When a friend or relative heat pump is not working I get a call and get It repaired at a fraction of a price of what a company will charge cause I have no over head. Well , the bad about this trade is if your green you will be paid about 12 an hour and that is if a company is willing to take that chance on you. Also they will have to have confidence in you as far as your skills with hvac systems .
    The attitude I have is I will never stop learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan0704 View Post
    My names Alan and I'm new to the forums. I joined this website so that I could ask a few questions although this may not be the proper section to ask these questions, I figured I should give it a shot anyways. I finished high school about a year ago in Arizona and then moved out to California so I could find work. Now I'm interested in finding a long term career but I am taking my time in choosing. Before I moved I met an interesting Romanian man who gave me advice. Three important things he said was that I should stop searching for so hard for my calling, focus on educating myself, and to have a career that could support me. I do plan on moving back to Arizona and eventually got the idea that HVAC could be a good career choice considering how important that is out there.

    1. What is the HVAC industry like, in general and in Arizona specifically?
    2. Would I be able to support myself and fund my college education with a career in HVAC?
    3. What is being an HVAC technician like, including the good and bad side of HVAC?
    4. What does it take to be successful in HVAC, in both education and attitude.

    Thank you for any advice
    Welcome to htalk!

    1.) HVAC is awesome if you like finding problems and fixing them. It's also not for the faint of heart. lots of ladders, roping, crawling, cramming ect. It depends what area of the industry (residential, commercial, industrial, refrigeration, controls, chillers, service, installation, sales etc) what your job will entail. I'd imagine Arizona is ac/evaporative cooling territory but I've never been so I dk.

    2.) it depends on what area of the industry, what the company does, how valuable you are to the company etc. You COULD work for min wage and put yourself through school, just depends on how determined you are.

    3.) Being and expected to be a real life super hero in varying degrees. Very rewarding, physical, frustrating, nasty, technical, and exciting job. Every day is a different task or multiple tasks at different places different environments, different equipment... No day is the same old thing, At least for me that's how it is. Again, this all depends on what area of the industry, your company and your role in the company.

    4.) HVAC is always changing, you have to learn until the day you retire/die. Go to many cont ed classes/training, invest in tools that help you to "see inside" systems more effectively/efficiently, come to htalk all the time and learn from others mistakes/successes. You have to have thick skin and listen to the old timers, go get their tools, don't ***** about the crap jobs, don't be a whiner. If you get cut, rub a little dirt in it, wrap it with duct tape and finish the job.








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