When I went to HVAC technical school, I thought they taught all the basics.
It’s funny how missing one small class can make such a tremendous difference.
They take it for granted the HVAC students knew how to change the air filters in the HVAC system. They also think we know where the air filter goes. I knew none of this. No one taught me how to change the air filter, let alone where it was located. I went to a job fair at the high school and enjoyed talking to the HVAC technician who was there from the local HVAC company. I wanted to find a job that would be sustainable long into the future. My dad always preached job security, and I would have that with the HVAC company. Once I got into HVAC technical school and started classes, I was realizing how much I didn’t know, and wondering if I was on my own. I talked to some of the other students and found out I wasn’t alone in my ignorance. That didn’t mean that any of us were going to quit HVAC school, but it made us want to work harder. We teamed up and started a study group. By the end of the HVAC courses, we were vying for the top of the class designation. After taking the HVAC certification class and passing the exam, I wasn’t number one, but I was number three, and my two best friends got number one, but we all got a place with one of the local HVAC companies.