Thirty years ago an established contractor took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew about heating and cooling installation
Back in the olden times there was no Youtube, there were no online tutorials, and there weren’t these things called “schools” either. If you wanted to learn something, you had to find someone to teach you, or just figure it out on your own. And before you ask, NO you couldn’t read a book about it, because first you would have to find someone to teach you to read. For trades and other skills, established tradesmen would take in interns to teach them the job from the ground up. Things have changed a lot, but in my business, heating and cooling repair, we try to stick to the old ways as best we can. HVAC is something that you can’t simply learn from a book, it requires hundreds, maybe even thousands of hours of hands on experience. Internships are still prevalent in the HVAC industry, as we help people to learn the business from the ground up. Yes of course there is still some book learning involved, and most community colleges offer night classes to help you prep for the HVAC certification exam. But beyond that, it’s important to start working in the HVAC industry, and getting your hands dirty, long before you ever get certified. Thirty years ago an established contractor took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew about heating and cooling installation. After all this time, I am still learning, because as technology advances HVAC systems evolve in new and fascinating ways. Even if it’s not HVAC systems, I recommend you think about learning a trade.