Welcome to the icy hot world of HVACR—heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. With heating, cooling and ventilation present in almost every modern building, your imagination is the limit as far as careers go.
A trained HVAC technician can handle everything from sales and installation to repairs on most residential and light commercial applications. This opens a wealth of options in real-world job opportunities.
If working with your hands, technical planning and on-the-spot problem solving are your strengths, HVAC installation may be the ideal job for you. HVAC installation can be as simple as installing a new system in an existing home with existing duct-work or as complex as implementing a full building design on large commercial buildings. Working with construction crews and foremen, as well as understanding the general principles and ethics involved in onsite customer service is essential.
HVAC Maintenance and Repair
HVAC systems require regular attention to get the longest use out of the equipment. This means that there is an entire niche within the HVAC job market that is simply maintenance and repair of systems that are already installed. The job requires a complete understanding of how the systems work, the ability to assess equipment and identify likely problem quickly on-site, and good communication skills to help owners understand the problem and solution for their HVAC needs.
The R in HVACR
Refrigeration is a subset of the HVAC field. Refrigeration units have a lot of similarities to standard HVAC equipment, but typically focus on a different area of the market. It covers areas like large refrigeration units for schools, universities, laboratories and restaurants. Generally the work in refrigeration will fall into the same categories as HVAC work.
Who Hires HVAC techs?
You’re reading this and thinking that working with your hands in the field of HVACR sounds like it might be for you, but you can’t quite picture where you might end up? That’s okay. Here’s a list of just a few types of industries that use HVACR technicians.
- Elementary and High Schools
- Apartment Complexes
- Property developers
- Manufacturing companies
- Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
What Does the Future of HVACR Look Like?
Technology is growing each year at an astonishing rate. You see it in the field of electronics with new phone releases and new computers and software coming out almost every year. This technology is not limited to the mass consumer products people typically think of when they see the word technology. WiFi-enabled thermostats that can be controlled from a smart phone; zone control heating and cooling that allows homes and businesses to be kept perfectly controlled at different temperatures throughout the space; improved environmental controls and energy efficiency have all revolutionized the HVAC industry in the last few decades.
HVAC Salary & Job Outlook
People like their comfort, both for pleasure and for health. Businesses require climate control to keep their employees happy and productive as well as to assure the preservation of their products and equipment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projections for HVACR jobs between 2012 and 2022 are:
- The median annual wage for HVAC mechanics and installers was $43,640 in May of 2012
- The job growth between 2012-2022 is expected to be 22% – faster than average when compared to other job sectors
The future looks bright for trained and certified HVACR technicians.
— ATI (@AdvTechInst) August 14, 2015
How can you heat up your career path?
If you want to learn more about becoming an HVACR technician, Advanced Technology Institute is here to help. Our HVAC training programs are designed to launch you into a successful career in the HVACR field. ATI’s heating and air conditioning diploma program will prepare you for the certifications required for working in residential and light commercial HVAC sales, installation and repair. The HVAC Technology with Service Management AOS provides a perfect foundation for entry into the HVAC field with a service and management background. Contact ATI today to find out how you can heat up your career path.
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