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HVAC training helped Rafael add $25,000 to his yearly income

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 22 May 2018. Posted in Career, Success Stories

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HVAC training helped Rafael add $25,000 to his yearly income

When you work two jobs just to make ends meet, committing time and money to professional development seems impossible. But thoughts like, "I’m too old!" or "I don’t have time!" are only excuses according to one former student.

Meet Rafael Ramirez, a former construction worker who recently completed his HVAC training at Ashworth College. At 60 years old, the Dominican Republic-born family man chose to pursue professional education in hopes of leaving behind a life living paycheck to paycheck. It worked and, today, Rafael works as chief engineer for a high-rise in his current hometown of Miami.

Q: What were you doing before you started your HVAC training?

A: Before I started the HVAC program, I was working in construction but wanted to switch careers to building maintenance. To become maintenance supervisor or chief engineer, I knew I would need to have knowledge in HVAC.

Q: Why did you choose an online HVAC training program?

A: I did a lot of research and visited several local HVAC schools in the Miami area but they all took too long and were too expensive. The least expensive program was about $9,000 and would take about three years to complete.

Q: Why did you choose Ashworth College?

A: I went online and checked several schools offering similar online programs, but I was impressed with the information in the Ashworth College website and the testimonials from students.

Q: How long did it take to finish the online HVAC course?

A: It took me 17 months to complete the course.

Q: Were you working during your HVAC training?

A: I was working full time at Castle Group, part-time at Home Depot, and studying all at the same time. That’s why it took me a little longer to complete the program. I was working Monday through Friday 8-5 and weekends in the mornings, so I had to study late every night when it was quiet.

Q: How did the HVAC training course help your career?

A: HVAC training helped me tremendously in my new career. I was hired as maintenance supervisor for a high-rise building. I had supervisory experience but didn’t know much about cooling towers, compressors, or HVAC equipment, including AC units. I took my classes online and used the mechanical rooms in the building as my lab where I practiced what I was learning in every assignment.

After completing the course, I got a $10,000 raise and secured my position. On my second year evaluation, I received another $10,000 raise! My starting salary with Castle Group at the Emerald Bay building was $42,000 and today I earn $67,000 plus bonuses. Thanks to my HVAC training at Ashworth College, I am one of the top maintenance supervisors/chief engineers at Castle Group. I also don’t need a second job anymore!

Q: Did you earn any HVAC certificates? If so, which ones?

A: I earned the EPA 608 Universal HVAC technician certification (certified by Mainstream Engineering in Florida). I have published a series of videos to help other technicians earn their certification on my YouTube channel.

Q: Did the course help you pass your EPA exam?

A: Yes, there’s a section in the HVAC course where I learned all the material needed to pass the EPA 608 certification exam.

Q: Any advice for others who are considering the HVAC training program?

A: I encourage anyone who wants to become a HVAC technician but doesn’t have the time to sit in classroom to take this HVAC course at Ashworth College. After graduation, you will have the knowledge and credentials for a better job.

Is online HVAC training at Ashworth College for you, too?

Stories like Rafael’s are exactly why we do what we do. It's so worthwhile when affordable online career training helps someone go after an educational or career goal and achieve it!

If you’re interested in learning more about HVAC training at Ashworth College, please call us at 1-800-957-5412. Or, if you're ready to jump in, you can enroll online today!

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