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Old 08-06-2011, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland/NWI
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Question HVAC Jobs in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho VS San Antonio

Hi there, I've been reading citydata for MONTHS! I just signed up today because I had a question. I haven't searched as long for this particular question, so if someone already asked it I'm sorry to be redundant.

We're considering moving. San Antonio vs Rio Rancho/Albuquerque. We live near the south side of Chicago right now. So the crime I hear everyone post about in Albuquerque doesn't really scare me. I don't necessarily prefer it (the crime), but it's not a determining factor.

Anyway...

I have literally spend hours at a time reading thread after thread whenever I can. I was just wondering, for my fiance.... He's going to school for HVAC. He has 2 degrees in graphic design, but has been unable to find work in that field. And all the new graduates are current on the latest technology of graphic design, he's getting sort of left in the dust.... age I guess.

He's a handyman now, working independently. He thought he should pick up a trade. Welding seemed like a good option at first, but by the time he would become a journeyman he'd be at least 40. He's 35 now. We have a family and need the income of a stable job sooner than that - especially if we move!

There's a program for HVAC in our area here in Chicago and he's doing it. It'll take less than a year for him to complete it. That's his focus. Then we want to move.

So, in Albuquerque area are there jobs for people doing HVAC(R)? A demand for independent workers? Or are we better off in San Antonio in regards to this type of job?

Thank you for your help. Or do you think either of these places are just not good ideas? Any additional advice would be welcomed!
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Abu Al-Qurq
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One minor bit of advice regarding Albuquerque versus other places is that the physics and rules behind sizing and building air conditioning systems are different. The altitude makes a huge difference, so a cooler that works perfectly in Chicago given a set of weather conditions will be undersized here on occasion.

That may only require 5 minutes' worth of additional study, but many of the HVAC people I've talked to here in town make it sound like it's far more complicated than that. In other words, no additional training would be required in San Antonio because it and Chicago look the same to an air conditioner on a hot summer day.

Would also not surprise me if there were >10X as many air conditioning units in San Antonio vs. Albuquerque, even though the population difference isn't near as large. Albuquerque has alternative methods of cooling; San Antonio doesn't.
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Old 08-07-2011, 02:57 PM
 
Location: New Mexico USA
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So, in Albuquerque area are there jobs for people doing HVAC(R)? A demand for independent workers? Or are we better off in San Antonio in regards to this type of job?

Or do you think either of these places are just not good ideas? Any additional advice would be welcomed!
Neither place is a good idea if you don't have a good/decent job lined up.

My son in law was a welder for 20+ years, he worked 8 years here in Albuquerque, then was laid off and unemployed for two years. So he now works for a plumbing company operating a back-hoe. Meanwhile, his wife got laid off after 10 years with a major company...

You need to find out where the jobs really are. I know there are HVAC jobs here because I see them working and know a few people who work HVAC, but times are tough and I don't know if there is a job here for your fiance...


Rich
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Old 08-07-2011, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland/NWI
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Smile thank for the advice so far

thank you both for the advice you've offered that's interesting about the altitude making the fundamentals of this job a little different, i wouldn't have thought of that.
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Old 08-09-2011, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Old Town
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I am a general contractor and know a lot of HVAC companies and independents. If you do good work and work hard their is plenty of work to go around. We currently use 3 different HVAC companies because we have to make sure that we have one that can do the job when needed. They all have remained busy.
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