What Skills and Knowledge Should You Start With? – Short 111
In this short podcast episode, Bryan and Craig Migliaccio discuss the skills and knowledge you should have to start in the HVAC industry.
Of course, basic mechanical skills and knowledge are important before you get into the HVAC trade. You'll greatly benefit from knowing where and how to hammer nails, tighten screws, and identify all sorts of tools. When getting into the HVAC industry, one of the low-hanging fruits that you need to consider is your sheet metal skills. Know how to cut sheet metal, use shears, use a duct knife, and make a decent sheet metal job. Take shop classes, work on cars, and get more experience to work on your mechanical skills and tool knowledge.
A basic sense of maturity is also crucial for getting into the HVAC industry. You have to be able to work hard and feel some sort of satisfaction from working hard. The HVAC trade is also full of self-starters, so it's best that you're a self-starter when it comes to basic life skills.
The location where you will work in HVAC is also relevant. Make sure you have regional knowledge of building design and HVAC infrastructure (duct design, system types, joist orientation, etc.). Take an interest in local homes; look for supply and return registers. Know the HVAC equipment you will be working on and where it will be located in many buildings. It's also good to research terminology and know what you're talking about before you begin applying for HVAC technician/installer jobs.
Craig and Bryan also discuss:
- The problem of the word “should”
- Using saws and drills
- Solving everyday mechanical problems
- Sensing maturity
- Researching companies before you apply
- Watching videos and reading books
- Work ethic and desire to learn
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