HVAC the pits!?!?
Posted 23 August 2009 - 01:56 AM
I'm looking for some insight into the hvac/construction industry. I'm currently in between jobs and was considering MEP firms as one of the possibilities. I have a BSME from Univ of Maryland 06'. During my college years, I've witnessed a classmate who was interning at one of the firms seemed very displeased with the hvac industry. I believe his exact words were "hvac is the pits!" I didn't get a chance to ask why. Does anyone else feel this way. Why do you think he made such a comment? I understand that it can get repetitive with the heating/cooling load calculations and AutoCad. But I was thinking it can't be that bad. Of course I don't know the full story not having actually worked in then industry. But it's probably nothing like what I've had to go through at the Patent Office.
My chances of finding a job in this economy with no job experience in the design of hvac systems seem pretty slim. So what can I do to make myself more marketable?
I'm studying to take the eit this october. I'm also thinking about LEED and joining ASHRAE. Should I apply to similar gov't jobs or try to get hired by private firms? Will I learn more and gain more useful experience by going private? Should I try to find internship somewhere before I aim for full time positions?
Thanks for all the help
Posted 24 August 2009 - 03:45 PM
You will get more useful and practical knowledge/experience working for a private MEP firm. You'll also get 50+ hour work weeks and no overtime. They'll make promises of a bonus, but good luck with that. However, I did learn a lot with a private MEP firm.
Become proficient with AutoCAD. It's easier to get than Catia or Microstation, and most firms use it exclusively. Most won't consider someone that doesn't have AutoCAD experience. Another big leg up would be to read and understand the International Mechanical Code.
That would be my two suggestions. Know CAD, and know the code.
Posted 08 September 2009 - 02:54 PM
- Can be boring at times
- Not very challenging if you're only designing standard buildings.
- Not much room for creativity or innovation. Although I've been doing some interesting stuff thanks to LEED.
- Not the highest paying engineering gig
- Not very stressful at all
- Jobs can be found in almost all cities.
- diverse. There are a lot of different specialties out there. I do mostly military and government now. But two years ago I was doing pharmacitical, before that K thru 12.
Getting a job with no experience shouldn't be that difficult if you graduated in '06. Just be warned, you won't be making a ton of cash and you'll be doing menial tasks, but it's work. Forget about joining ASHREA. Focus on getting your EIT. Your #1 goal should be getting your PE. Even if it takes 5 year, when asked it's your top priority! You should also be interested in LEED, but don't be super gung-ho about it.
Posted 18 December 2009 - 12:44 AM
Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:26 AM
Are you serious?? Wow, that's pretty ridiculous. So then would you also say that majority of HVAC'ers are crass and rude?
Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:54 PM
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