HVAC trade school versus apprenticeship

When you are deciding how to learn the HVAC trade, what should you do? This argument gets very heated when you mentioned union versus non-union.

The HVAC field, like any other trade industry, is as diverse as it gets. When I decided to go into the HVAC field, I was trying to find a way into the union. My uncle worked for the HVAC field for decades, and he told me that he could easily get me into the HVAC union school that he went through. When I started doing the research, the HVAC union seemed promising. They offered higher wages than their non-union counterparts, and the benefits were way better. I applied for the HVAC school and waited. I waited some more. Eventually, they got back to me, and they wanted me to take some entrance exams. I walked into a room with 30 other people interested in the HVAC field, and we took difficult tests in math and English. I passed, along with only 2 other people in the class. They promised an interview for the HVAC trade school, and they asked us to wait. So we waited for months, and I finally got interviewed and told they would accept me when they had an opening. After months of waiting, I decided to join a non-union HVAC job. They didn’t offer the benefits or higher pay, but at least they let me start my job. I want to work on HVAC units, not sit around and wait all day! I can’t wait for months to start my career in the HVAC field!


Heating technician