With so much interest in people joining the trades, we thought it would be a good time to address the topic of: What trade should I get into? Should I be a plumber? Should I be an electrician? Should I look at HVAC? I recently had a conversation with a potential East Coast HVAC recruit who told me he was leaning towards HVAC because he realized, and had been told, that HVAC encompasses multiple trades. And he’s absolutely right. There’s a fair amount of electrical work, there’s a fair amount of plumbing involved with HVAC, and there is a broad range of things an HVAC tradesmen can specialize in and develop their abilities in.
For example, in HVAC, a large amount of troubleshooting HVAC units for our service departments involves electrical work, understanding how relays work, understanding how power flows through units, how much power is required, and amperages required to turn units on and off, and then following that flow of power. So having an electrical understanding is critical to being a service technician in HVAC. Similar in installations, there’s always some amount of control wiring that’s low voltage and also line voltage wiring that goes along with our HVAC installations.