Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    3
    Post Likes

    Career in HVAC with record.

    Would the HVAC industry be entirely off limits to an individual with a domestic violence conviction?
    Aggravated Battery
    False Imprisonment

    Both felonies. Iím aware that carries a great deal of stigma, especially in regard to trusting me around customers or in homes. So Iím coming here to see if going to community college for HVAC is entirely a waste of time. It seems like plenty of careers are off limits for me, I have my eyes set on trades. Even before the conviction, but the HVAC field appeared like a healthy one with plenty of jobs.

    I was told that itís not an impossible one for me to get into. Especially commercial or on an install crew. What do you guys think? Is a DV case a big deal breaker, or could I find a home somewhere.

    My uncles an iron worker and wants me to be a welder. So Iím trying to decide between the two.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2018
    Posts
    3
    Post Likes
    No you will be fine! Speaking from my personal experience. I havenít been in any trouble in 10 years now. When I was younger stupider and Wilder I got myself into all kinds of trouble. A lot of felony threes fours and fives. One felony to that they dropped to a felony three. All drug related. After I got out I stayed clean went to HVAC school then started my HVAC career. Iíve worked for three different HVAC companies in the last 10 years and none of them did a background check. Two of them companies were medium size residential companies and the company I work for now is a very large commercial service company. To me it seems like most of these companies have a hard time finding good technicians and are willing to overlook some bad records from the past in exchange for good service techs or hard-working installers. I never speak of my past to employers unless asked. Very few applications Iíve come across this field have asked if I have ever been convicted of a felony.

    My advice is go to school learn all you can learn and donít even think about the past or worry about it. I donít think you will have a hard time getting a job in HVAC whatsoever.

  3. Likes CJMah, Dalton92 liked this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Georgia
    Posts
    627
    Post Likes
    Go commercial. And go union.

  5. Likes CJMah liked this post
  6. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Southeastern Pa
    Posts
    28,996
    Post Likes
    I agree with Chris. Commercial and start as a UA apprentice.

    I have done a lot of welding, and while there is a certain satisfaction to making a great bead, reliably, time after time, it is indeed a little too much of the same thing to do it all day, every day. As a repair welder, I could go a day or two doing other repairs and some engine diagnostics, and a lot of cab AC, which made the welding seem interesting at the time. However, I could not see doing it 100% of the time, even for 100k.

    Commercial HVAC is much more challenging intellectually, and you never stop learning.
    [Avatar photo from a Florida training accident. Everyone walked away.]
    2 Tim 3:16-17

    RSES CMS, HVAC Electrical Specialist
    Member, IAEI

    AOP Forum Rules:







  7. Likes CJMah, JeffWil liked this post
  8. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Billington Heights, NY
    Posts
    20,923
    Post Likes
    you'll be fine provided you dont have your face and other visible skin covered in jail tats.

  9. Likes CJMah, lions_lair, JeffWil liked this post
  10. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    3
    Post Likes
    Thread Starter
    Thatís what I was thinking. I have no tattoos, clean cut looking always. I figured as much that commercial would be best. Thank you for the replies!




    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  11. Likes HVAC_Marc liked this post
  12. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Billington Heights, NY
    Posts
    20,923
    Post Likes
    Be honest on your app, if they ask for that information or do a background check. Otherwise, dont mention it. It's not even a lie of omission if they dont ask for it.

  13. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Maple Grove, MN
    Posts
    2,719
    Post Likes
    Right now it definitely seems to be more of an employee's market. It seems like all HVAC companies are having a hard time finding employees right now, especially ones with a good driving record who can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job they go to.

    As long as you have a good driving record and can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job, I'd bet you probably wouldn't have too many problems.

    You might run into a few road blocks with bigger companies, or if the company you end up with has a contract with a government facility or something, but I do know that there are lots of companies out there who need employees right now.

    Move forward with your life and try not to look back! Good luck to you.
    If at First You Don't Succeed, Skydiving Is Not for You.

  14. Likes CJMah liked this post
  15. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Posts
    3
    Post Likes
    Thread Starter
    Quote Originally Posted by ammoniadog View Post
    Right now it definitely seems to be more of an employee's market. It seems like all HVAC companies are having a hard time finding employees right now, especially ones with a good driving record who can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job they go to.

    As long as you have a good driving record and can wake up on time and make it to work each day without completely screwing up each job, I'd bet you probably wouldn't have too many problems.

    You might run into a few road blocks with bigger companies, or if the company you end up with has a contract with a government facility or something, but I do know that there are lots of companies out there who need employees right now.

    Move forward with your life and try not to look back! Good luck to you.
    Appreciate that! Thank you for the information!


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  16. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    186
    Post Likes
    You should be fine. I think one of our guys has a DV conviction from his previous marriage doesnt make him any less capable. It hasn't been an issue with him getting access to the contracts we have with government buildings. We had to get background checks and fingerprinted to work there. I think you'll be fine just be honest with your employer

  17. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    1,095
    Post Likes
    pay me UA488 wage and benefits, and I'll 'probably move. my 9th year in the trade. and it's not 3 years experience repeated 3x. you want guys, gotta pay them, even on down time.
    Have tools and gauges, will travel.
    ------------------------------------------------------


    RIDGID|YELLOW JACKET|UEI|TESTO|STANLEY|CPS|VETO| KLEIN|MILWAUKEE|MASTERCRAFT|

  18. #12
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    austin
    Posts
    359
    Post Likes
    Quote Originally Posted by HVAC_Marc View Post
    Be honest on your app, if they ask for that information or do a background check. Otherwise, dont mention it. It's not even a lie of omission if they dont ask for it.

    What good company or business doesn't ask for this? With the amount of idiots i've screened, i would require a stem cell analysis.
    when life throws me a banjo, i play it

  19. Likes Ammar.almahdi, CJMah liked this post
  20. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Location
    Ga.
    Posts
    2
    Post Likes
    For my current employer the felonies would be a disqualification. We do a mix of residential and commercial.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Related Forums

Plumbing Talks | Contractor MagazineThe place where Electrical professionals meet.