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  1. #1
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    Best HVAC related field to switch to?

    I have been in the trade for about 8 years doing residential / light commercial service and installations. 28 years old. I'm planning to go back to college soon and to get at least a 4 year degree so one day I can put the tools down and end the wear and tear on my body before it's too late. Can anyone recommend a good alternative career path thats related to the trade so that the knowledge I've accumulated so far doesn't go to waste? Definitely looking to make as much or more money than I would staying as a tech. I'm considering project management but I'm open to other suggestions from those who may have also made this switch. I've ruled out engineering as I don't think I'll be able to balance the workload with working full time. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Do you like the tech challenge, and actually 'fixing' things???

    If so... controls is a growing field that would be a thought...
    Controls is like working in the tech field... yet not nearly as physical... mostly mental and software...

    Management and engineering are probably the areas that require college and are still related to this business...

    Oh, you could be a factory sales/tech rep... and travel all over the place... and put out fires...
    GA-HVAC-Tech

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    I’ve been eyeing Building Management when I have a string of crappy days. I’ve talked to several top-notch guys in huge buildings in downtown SF and it seems like it could be interesting. But hard to break into without experience and a degree.

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    Facilities managers make good money. Controls would also be good.

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    Well, I don’t think any degree will open doors in the HVAC field, except for engineering. Your best bet would be to become familiar with the whys of the field and get someone to give you a shot in management or sales at an hvac company. My company brought a guy into the office about your age a year ago and he is doing great. We brought him in because he was technically competent and likable.

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    Are You Tired of Running all Day, Working on the same old tired azz hvac unit, over and over again ? Well then, let me introduce you to the Wonderful World of The "Stationary Engineer". "IF", and I say again, "IF," You pick the right Company to work for, you will work on everything from 6k water coolers, to 3000 ton chillers, and every other piece of Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic Equipment in between! How will you do this you ask?, I will help you in every way i can, as that is my job, at this point of my life, to give back before i die.! "Seek and Ye Shall Find", "Ask and Ye Shall Receive". PS: I will be here all week!, We will have Dinner Show at 5pm, followed by a Dog and Pony show at 6pm lol.

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