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What are common H-VAC entry-level jobs?


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John R’s Answer

Hello Jacob,

Placement in an entry level position in the field can either catapult your career or hinder it. By that I mean if your parts runner driving a truck, or working in a warehouse your not "Earning While Learning". You will take longer to acquire skills, increasing both technical proficiency and wages than someone else that was placed in the field.

What differentiates for me as an employer on who is hired or where they are placed is primarily based on attitude and aptitude. If they have those two qualities, they can be trained. So convey an great attitude and commitment to Life Long Education.

As for the actual entry level positions, it depends on the level of training you have received to date, focus on field helper positions, you will gain valuable experience. Watch, Listen, Ask, Questions.

Remember, there are many good and great craftspeople out there. Others, well not so good. Research tasks or actions that you may feel are questionable. READ, REAd, REad, Read... Read any paperwork or instructions that come with parts and equipment.

Here is a link to an apprentice I had for a while. Take a look at his career path to date. https://www.linkedin.com/in/melekebaul/

"People don't Plan to Fail. They Fail to Plan"

Have a great day,
John

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John R’s Answer

Hello Jacob,

Placement in an entry level position in the field can either catapult your career or hinder it. By that I mean if your parts runner driving a truck, or working in a warehouse your not "Earning While Learning". You will take longer to acquire skills, increasing both technical proficiency and wages than someone else that was placed in the field.

What differentiates for me as an employer on who is hired or where they are placed is primarily based on attitude and aptitude. If they have those two qualities, they can be trained. So convey an great attitude and commitment to Life Long Education.

As for the actual entry level positions, it depends on the level of training you have received to date, focus on field helper positions, you will gain valuable experience. Watch, Listen, Ask, Questions.

Remember, there are many good and great craftspeople out there. Others, well not so good. Research tasks or actions that you may feel are questionable. READ, REAd, REad, Read... Read any paperwork or instructions that come with parts and equipment.

Here is a link to an apprentice I had for a while. Take a look at his career path to date. https://www.linkedin.com/in/melekebaul/

"People don't Plan to Fail. They Fail to Plan"

Have a great day,
John

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Timothy’s Answer

Typical entry level jobs for the air conditioning field would be maintenance technician, installation helper, warehouse/parts pick up. many companies will provide on the job training in these positions that will get you ready to move to the next level.
Another way to gain some air conditioning experience would be to work in apartment maintenance, This includes some basic air conditioning and heating as well as appliance repair and a lot of drywall paint and plumbing work. An apartment maintenanence position typically does not provide much training and have to figure it out on your own.

I was able to start as an installation helper or apprentice installer, And the company I was working for trained me to do maintenance and eventually service work.

Andrew Greaves AK HVAC Has published some good information on this topic

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Art’s Answer

The best way to get your feet wet is as an installation apprentice, maintenance technician our duct cleaning. I have also moved people from warehouse or delivery driver positions into tech positions. Just get your foot in the door at an hvac company with any open position and express to the management your interest in moving to the field and many companies will educate you or pay to educate you and move you into the field.

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jemali’s Answer

hi Jacob

In my field of HVAC as a union member of Local 94 operating engineer entry jobs are engineer helpers. then we have mechanic's, license engineers, assistant chief engineer, chief engineer

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Bill’s Answer

Helper, Install Tech or a building maintenance position that would include small basic service work.

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