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Old Oct 23rd 2019, 8:27 am
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Good morning Guys

I just moved to Miami on K1 visa so I have 3 months to get my affairs in order. I have been a air conditioning engineer for almost 10 years in the UK so I just thought i'd ask everyone's opinion on what would be the best angle to get in to work in the HVAC industry or links on recruitment agencies or do I have to go back to tech school to be recognized in my industry . Any help would be appreciated
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Old Oct 23rd 2019, 1:23 pm
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The term engineer can mean different things
here. Do you design large commercial systems for huge buildings or install and repair residential units? In the process of building my own house and designing and installing my own HVAC system I came across a forum that helped me a lot. It’s mainly for pros. HVAC-talk. Post a question about your case and Florida and you will get a lot of advice. Clarify to them what engineer means in this case.
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I agree, Engineer would mean someone that designs HVAC systems for homes or industrial facilities.
This would require an engineering degree from a University.
Is this what you were doing in the UK?
A guy that installs and repairs systems would be an HVAC technician.
Also licensed. You would need this to work in Fl, typically obtained via 18 months or so at a technical college.
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BTW you don't have 3 months to get yourself together. You have 90 days from date of entry. Some months have more than 30 days in it so count carefully. I do hope you speak Spanish.
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And then maybe a 6 month wait after you file to adjust before you get work authorisation.
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Thanks a lot I will look at HVAC talk forum
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Old Oct 23rd 2019, 5:56 pm
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I looked into this 20 years ago and decided to focus on something else.
Here's a breakdown of the various licensing criteria.
Maybe there's a way to just take and pass the certification exams. I can't answer to that.

https://hvactraining101.com/florida-hvac-certificate/
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Once you're work authorized see if there are larger companies struggling to find talent. Here in NC there seems to be such a shortage that companies are paying people to go and learn the trade.
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I lived in Miami a long time.

Once you get all of the various legal registrations - work authorisations and professional registration - freelance could be the way to go.

Miami is unbearable without air conditioning between May and October and sometimes in between.
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I lived in Miami a long time.

Once you get all of the various legal registrations - work authorisations and professional registration - freelance could be the way to go.

Miami is unbearable without air conditioning between May and October and sometimes in between.
To be fair, Miami is unbearable at any time.
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