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Going To School for HVAC - Advice?

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  • VictoriaDengelVictoriaDengel Posts: 5Member
    Such rich resources await you. What a time to be starting on your journey! Read everything you can by Master Teacher Dan Holohan.

    http://astore.amazon.com/heatinghelp-20

    And, of course, frequently visit HeatingHelp.com. As you can see from this thread it's a great place to be.

    The Holohans are such a special family. You'll come to learn about them too. A blessing to all who know them...

    All best wishes to you!
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,767Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Thanks, Sister Victoria.

    For those who don't know, Victoria is the Executive Director of The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York. We're celebrating out 231 anniversary this year. The Society just asked me to chair the school committee for Mechanics Institute, so we're following this thread very closely. Thanks for all the great advice!
    Retired and loving it.
  • GWGW Posts: 3,445Member
    bruce said:

    Take some Art and drawing classes to build up your fundamental visualization skills. You may have to go to another community college if the tech school only focuses on the trade specific stuff. Good Luck to you.

    My art skills at a joke, yet i can see pipes perfectly in thin air (pipes that are not installed yet) I think my plumbing years helped a lot, you just can't drill large holes in lumber without knowing what you're doing.

    You are right though, a strong visual special/mechanical sense is needed if you're going to install. Some install guys simply never had it. never will, their work shows it.
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • GWGW Posts: 3,445Member
    edited February 2017
    Bullet story then I need to go away--

    This guy had stopped by our business looking for a job. Clean cut-CHECK, EPA and Oil certificate- CHECK. the only issue was we didn't need any new help.

    He came several times, in person.

    Then one of our helpers left. Thankfully my office gal had his number. I called him, he came in the next day. He didn't have hvac skills beyond what he learned at the tech school.

    I was showing him some things in the shop. We has some pipe that needed to be cut up in smaller pieces to fit into the scrap section of the shop. He (very politely and very respectfully) asked to have the band saw so he could do it. I was blown away, this dude wanted to work.

    End of story.

    So, I kid you not, a lot of this business is just knowing how to act and what to say, what not to say.

    edit-----I forgot to mention I hired him, he's still here 4 year later, and he's still a machine


    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,767Member, Moderator, Administrator
    I love this story.
    Retired and loving it.
  • GWGW Posts: 3,445Member
    My story?? I'm glad, here he is on the cover of the rolling stone!
    Gary Wilson
    Wilson Services, Inc
    Northampton, MA
    www.wilsonph.com
    [email protected]
  • DanHolohanDanHolohan Posts: 14,767Member, Moderator, Administrator
    Nice!
    Retired and loving it.
  • smithfansmithfan Posts: 91Member
    UPDATE --
    Was officially accepted into the program today!
    I took a tour of the classroom/lab and was AMAZED. The program is part of the NC3 program and works directly with Trane/Snapon to get all the latest technology and equipment into the classroom. The classroom/lab is even cooled/heated by it's own separate HVAC system for even more student exposure to commercial applications from the get go.
    Very impressed. Learned that when Target was hacked and had all that customer credit card data stolen it was hacked through the Target's HVAC system, so the lab even has the newest updates to these same systems with super encrypted Bluetooth sensors and receivers we'll be learning to use.

    To sum it up, was much more than I was expecting from a tech school.
  • Steve MinnichSteve Minnich Posts: 2,468Member
    @smithfan - Congrats!

    I have to ask. Is your name based on "How Soon is Now", Morrisey, type Smiths fan?
    PHC News Columnist
    Minnich Hydronic System Design & Consultants
  • smithfansmithfan Posts: 91Member

    @smithfan - Congrats!

    I have to ask. Is your name based on "How Soon is Now", Morrisey, type Smiths fan?

    I sure am..YUGE Smiths Fan.
  • BillWBillW Posts: 198Member
    Absolutely learn the electrical side of the trade. All the rest of the controls side builds on it. Physics helps, especially with the hydronic side. One thing not mentioned is just as important as tech skills and that is business savvy. If you plan to eventually open your own shop, you will need to understand marketing, accounting, customer service, money management and all the other facets of business. The best technician will go out of business waiting for the phone to ring. This part of the trade is one of the hardest to master. Good luck!
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