We have 5 chillers, 4 Tranes and 1 York, at work and we have an outside company, Carrier, do PMs on them. I was chatting with one of their techs today and they say they have a severe shortage of HVAC techs.. so severe that they have to fly in people from the east coast to Vegas to service chillers.. they also send people to Hawaii to do the same.. Carrier is part of Local 525 plumbers, pipefitters and HVAC union. Anyone in the process of becoming an HVAC tech? I got my universal EPA cert a long time ago, but I mainly work on high pressure refrigeration like PTACs, reach-ins, walk-ins, and split systems as part of our maintenance department, which is also a union gig. Everyone has AC units in their homes and with this shortage of HVAC techs, people will really get fucking raped come time to pay up.. not even saying they aren't already. I do a lot of side jobs on residential and commercial equipment and I see people that do the same thing I do charge ridiculous sums of money for the easiest jobs.. basically just making up shit and charging people for it.