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What are employers looking for in HVAC (skills, education, experience)?

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My name is Christa and I am 19 years old. I am looking to see what type of job would most fit me and my skills. I want to know more about the routine of a Heating and Cooling Mechanic (HVAC) to have more or less of an idea of what it might be like. I am currently enrolled in Job Corps to learn trade skills, but so far HVAC has been the one that I am most interested in. I have a high school diploma and currently serve in the Military Reserves as a Culinary Specialist (92G). I am looking forward to gain skills and experience in order to be able to find a job the best suits me. #job #career #hvac

So are you planning on learning everything or just to me like a service technician . Cause that's the easy part. The rough in tough stuff. And if your afraid of heights the it's not the job for you. Ramiro Perez
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Art’s Answer

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There are several avenues that one might travel down when exploring a career in the HVAC industry. They include; residential service, commercial service, residential installation, commercial installation, industrial, controls, low temp-refrigeration, building engineers and several more. Residential service is as much about sales and communication as it is about technical skills and an individual in this field must be very comfortable with constant human interaction. Residential installation technicians must also be very good at customer interaction, but there is much less, if any, pressure to "sell". Commercial service technicians must posses a much broader technical knowledge as they will see a tremendous variety of equipment types, but they have significantly less customer interaction.
What we look for in those who apply for these positions is mechanical aptitude, some history/experience working with your hands and the ability to do very physical work. It is not necessary to attend a trade school to get into the industry, though school does provide a jump-start to the technical training. I myself have never attended a trade school and many of the technicians working with me haven't either. There is a tremendous demand for tradespeople right now and many employers are just looking for drug free, clean individuals willing to work hard.

AVOID APPLYING FOR POSITIONS ONLINE. USE THE INTERNET EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ONLY TO FIND WHO IS HIRING AND THEN WALK THROUGH THE DOOR WITH YOUR RESUME OR TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. I TALK TO EVERYONE WHO WALKS THROUGH OUR DOOR IF I AM AVAILABLE.

Art recommends the following next steps:

  • Call HVAC companies and explain that you are interested in exploring the industry and ask for permission to visit
  • Get help writing a professional resume
  • Walk in and apply with as many companies as possible. (hiring is at it's highest point in spring)
  • Create a Linkedin profile and request to connect to individuals in the industry
Thank you art for your insight it much appreciated Ramiro Perez
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Christopher’s Answer

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The HVAC/R field is full of opportunities, from working in commercial to doing residential. Both are very easy if you can stay focused and remember that no one knows everything. Find a company that can help you grow as a tech.
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