HVAC personnel install, maintain, service and sell indoor environmental equipment for homes and businesses. These products and services not only include Heating and Air Conditioning but also Indoor Air Quality, Refrigeration and Energy Management Systems. This service industry requires people who are willing to continue learning to stay in pace with today’s technological advancements. Good interpersonal skills will be required to satisfy customer needs. An HVAC technician works not only with their hands but also with their mind to solve problems. The job environment includes travel, working indoors and outdoors, under all weather conditions. A good candidate for this career would be someone who likes science, has good math skills, and is mechanically inclined.
Students entering the HVAC program learn core skills which would enable them to enter any job description listed below. These core skills include safety, use of tools, blueprint reading, piping and tubing applications, sheet metal and electrical. A theoretical background in thermodynamics will allow a student to advance into the installation and service fields. Continuing education will permit advancement into design and application aspects of the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Industry. At the end of the program, a student’s job readiness and mastery of occupational skills will be measured based on testing and standards of the National Testing Institute.
Careers in HVAC
Semi-Skilled: Helper, Apprentice
Skilled: Installer, Service Mechanic, Boiler Operator, Estimator, Contractor
Technician: CEM (Cert. Energy Mgr), Energy Consultant, Manufacture’s Rep
Professional: Mechanical Engineer, Stationary Engineer, Professional Engineer, Instructor