Last week, I was working at a customer’s house when the kid asked me who told me to be an HVAC technician.
I told him that nobody compelled me to work in the HVAC industry.
Instead of going to regular school, I enrolled in Heating and Air Conditioning school because it seemed like it might be fun. He inquired as to whether or not it was enjoyable to do this work. I can’t say that I had a good time doing it. The effort was not without its benefits. I had a lot of great experiences and got to know some genuinely nice people. A frown forming on his face, he informed me that he preferred an exciting career to a mundane one. I told him about my coworker who was working on the heating system and got locked out of the basement when his client left. Another coworker waited in the basement with a snake around his legs for two hours before his partner returned home. Their company’s first female HVAC technician happened to call a haunted mansion home. Everyone believed she was imagining things when she invited us over to help install her new heating and air conditioning system. She had spent two years renovating the house, and it showed. He laughed, but I wasn’t sure that was the kind of adventure he had in mind. He mentioned that he considered Heating and Air Conditioning, but also considered joining the Navy. I got a grin out of him by telling him he could work in a submarine’s heating and air conditioning system for the Navy. He claimed he could work in both fields concurrently and continue to do so after leaving the Navy.