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