i go to a voc. tech. school and the school has deals set up with certain companies, that will hire kids straight out of high school.
also my dad always tells me that my first job doesnt have to be in the trades and that it probably wont be. hes right my firxt jobs probably going to be at a super market. but because i payed attention and obtained many skills in school, i will be able to get a job in the HVAC/R trades. plus my dad some day wants to hand over his business to me. if i want to do even close to as good as him at what he does im going to need all the education i can get.
dont think im just some cocky, thinks he knows whats going on but really doesnt 14 year old. because im not. i have conversations with my dad about business and business laws all the time. he always talks to me about ways i can make my chances in the real world the best i can. my dads business is very succesful. since it is a small business and he owns it, i can ask him if i can come with him to work on the week ends, and i go there, he teaches me what he has to do and why he has to do it. his employees make average salary of around 60 grand. that is at the high end of the usual national average salary though.
In 2008, the US annual wage range for Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers was between:
$31,070 - $51,670
this is for national average but my dad has friends that are in this trade working on industrial equipment making an average salary of 80 grand. and guess what the funny thing is they went to the same school im going to right now with my dad. what my dad and those friends keep telling me is that school is what got them to the point they are at right now.
also what is cool is that my dads friends arent a part of a union so, that explains that what they are telling me about school being very important, is true. making that kind of money and not being in a union means that his point is something to remember.
if he were in a union i wouldnt be as determined, because unions will always pay their workers more money. but unions have many disadvantages that if you want to know youll have to do your own reseach.
here are some facts from cdm internet for a hvac technician
It is anticipated that in 2016, employment for Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers will number 317,359.
There will be an increase of 2,549 new positions annually (0.87%). This means that this occupation is growing about as fast as average.
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR) - A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, service and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Includes instruction in diagnostic techniques, the use of testing equipment and the principles of mechanics, electricity, and electronics as they relate to the repair of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
People in this occupation usually describe themselves as having education or training in these areas:
Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education / Training
Employers prefer to hire those with technical school or apprenticeship training. Many, however, still learn the trade informally on the job.
Many high school and postsecondary technical and trade schools, community colleges, and the Armed Services offer 6-month to 2-year programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Students learn the basics of installation, maintenance, and repair, as well as electronics. Applicants for apprenticeships must have high school diplomas.
Install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.
Crafts - High scorers on the Crafts scale usually:
•prefer to work with tools and objects rather than with people and words
•like to build things
•want to see practical results from their work
•enjoy mechanical activities
•like work that requires physical strength
People in this occupation usually engage in these work activities:
1. Study blueprints, design specifications, and manufacturers' recommendations to ascertain the configuration of heating or cooling equipment components and to ensure the proper installation of components.
2. Cut and drill holes in floors, walls, and roof to install equipment, using power saws and drills.
3. Wrap pipes in insulation, securing it in place with cement or wire bands.
4. Measure, cut, thread, and bend pipe or tubing, using pipe fitter's tools.
5. Fabricate, assemble and install duct work and chassis parts, using portable metal-working tools and welding equipment.
6. Obtain and maintain required certifications.
7. Comply with all applicable standards, policies, and procedures, including safety procedures and the maintenance of a clean work area.
8. Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.
9. Test electrical circuits and components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.
10. Reassemble and test equipment following repairs.
11. Inspect and test system to verify system compliance with plans and specifications and to detect and locate malfunctions.
12. Discuss heating-cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that malfunctions have been corrected.
People in this occupation usually describe themselves as having these abilities:
Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.