If I didn't become an HVAC technician…

My dad worked in a coal mine for most of his life.

He learned a lot of information about heaters, furnaces, and boilers.

When my dad finally retired from the coal mine, he was 45 years old. He decided to open a furnace repair shop to pass the time. My dad was busy all of the time, especially when my sister and I were young. We helped out in the shop after school, and my dad taught my sister and I how to repair many different pieces of heating equipment. By the time I was 18, I could install a gas furnace all by myself. I never thought of doing much with my life, because I always assumed that I would grow up and work with my dad. When I was in high school, I didn’t look at colleges or technical schools. I started working with my dad and our furnace repair business flourished. When my sister graduated from college with her MBA, she came to work with my dad as well. All three of us worked in the HVAC field for 20 years, before my dad finally passed away. Now the business is in the hands of my sister and I, and I don’t know if I want to continue working in the furnace repair field. I don’t know what I would choose for my job, but I have a chance to do something different now. My sister and I can sell the HVAC business, or we can do our best to keep it running. There are a lot of choices to make, and none of them are easy.



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