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Biggest Surprises

"what surprised me the most is the amount of things that can go wrong. what surprised me the most is the amount of work it takes to fix a airplane." (Aircraft Fueler; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Florida, male
School: Studied Technology at Fsu in Florida; completed Bachelor degree in 2006

"Pay Grade Versus Educational Standard...
The career of boiler operations engineering mechanic whatever is extremely limited. Especially in a very rural area, and in coal boiler operations is becoming more limited as air quality has become more strict. As far as advancement once you have made it to engineering operations there is nowhere else to advance to in the trade. The pay is extremely exceptional considering there is no real requirement aside from mechanical ability in most states to be in this field." (Operations/ Foreman; 2014)

Career: 6 years of experience, currently based in Nebraska, male
School: Studied Mechanical in Nebraska; completed Certificate degree in 2004

"The Importance Of Problem Solving...
What has surprised me most about my profession was the amount of problem solving being in my field takes on a day to day basis. Every test assigned to me always presents different challenges, even if it is the same type of test. Thinking on your feet and having good decision making skills are more critical than they pushed in school." (HVAC Test Lab Technician; 2013)

Career: 3 years of experience, currently based in Michigan, male
School: Studied Automotive Technician at Oakland University in Michigan; completed Associate degree in 2010

"People Person Required...
I surprised about the amount customer interaction that I get. I've had people curse at me and threaten me beat me up I've had customer hug and thank me crying" (Water Heater Repair; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in New Jersey, male
School: Studied Engineers License at Lincoln Tech in New Jersey; completed Certificate degree in 2011

"I Was Surprised By The Social Opportunities I Have At This Job...
The biggest surprise would have to be the opportunity of meeting new people on a consistent basis. It is also surprising how much some of the affects the people you meet can have on you." (Welder; 2014)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Pennsylvania, male
School: Studied Welding at Lebanon County Career And Tech Center in Pennsylvania; completed Certificate degree in 2009

"The HVAC Designs Are Impressive...
The detailed layouts that are required for large buildings such as skyscrapers, etc. It's quite impressive." (HVAC Technician; 2013)

Career: 4 years of experience, currently based in Illinois, male
School: Studied Computer Studies at Concordia University in Illinois; completed Bachelor degree in 2011

Best & Worst Things About This Career

President - Small Business: "The best part was contracting profitable jobs and having them go well. Having a responsible office staff while your away from the office. Owning your own business can be very rewarding. The worst part, is having a job go wrong (ex. materials not arriving on schedule, sub contractors late, which causes a domino effect therefore making customer dissatisfied. Appeasing a customer is sometimes hard, but an important factor for in obtaining future jobs. Collections of monies with "big" companies, due to their payment policies, can cause cash flow problems for smaller companies." (2011)

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Career Tips

"Customer Service Is A Key Factor In This Job...
Treat every customer you have with respect as they are the ones that are paying your salary in the end." (Welder; 2014)

"Skills Learned Or Acquired...
Pay attention. Learn as much as you can as fast as you can or you will be left behind, also math skills, math skills are extremely important as knowing steam power flows versus water flows, temps and the like." (Operations/ Foreman; 2014)

"Avoid Sunlight When Taking Ambient Temperatures...
You will have to learn that when taking outdoor ambient temperatures avoid direct sun light (radiant heat) or other heat sources." (HVAC Technician; 2013)

"Obtaining An Internship...
To someone hoping to work in the HVAC industry, I can't stress enough how important working an internship is. Try to find a company that will allow you to work there while you go to school. This will provide you with the work place experience you need after you graduate to get a job right away." (HVAC Test Lab Technician; 2013)

"Reaching Success...
study hard work hard and focus" (Aircraft Fueler; 2013)

"Its Who You Know...
If you want to make is in HVACs, nowadays, you need a good connection. I've had all my licenses and credentials and it took me forever to find a job in my field.. Just make lots a friends and stay connected. LinkedIn is a must and will help you to a degree" (Water Heater Repair; 2013)

"Tips For Starting Your HVAC Business...
Take as many courses as you can on the product or service you will be venturing in. Know your product well. Make sure that you have a good contractual agreement. Take courses in management of both office and labor. Have a good bank, a good lawyer, and a good accountant. Make sure that your family understands that you will be taking extra hours per day/week in establishing your goal. Allow enough cash to maintain your business for 5/6 months" (President - Small Business; 2011)