For most people in the past few decades, the ideal life was graduating with a four-year college degree and landing a white-collar job. However, as the cost of college continues to rise and traditional jobs decrease in number, trade schools are beginning to gain popularity once again.
High school students and graduates begin job hunts earlier in life now than in the past few decades, and as the demand for jobs increases, the business world can’t supply them all. Over time, this has led to a general disillusionment with traditional colleges as people turn to vocational school for a guaranteed job upon graduation. Let’s see what trade school can offer that traditional four-year degrees can’t.
Trade schools generally boast a much shorter educational period than traditional college. Some vocational schools take as long as a year and a half to two years, while others finish in a matter of months. The Chris Walters Method can even get an HVAC trainee certified in just 14 weeks! For anyone in a hurry to join the job market, vocational schools are certainly a viable option to finish quickly.
An estimated 97% of Americans have an air conditioning unit in their home, more than 99% have a flushing toilet, and 68% have a dishwasher. The average person will call an expert for repairs when these home fixtures break down. With numbers that high, anyone entering the vocational field can find work on most days since repairs are always in demand. Just make sure you market yourself so people know to look for you!
Pro Tip: Marketing your HVAC skills is possible through word of mouth, email marketing, flyers, and other strategies. How visible can you make yourself?
Entry-level vocational school graduates are beginning to enter the market in greater numbers. For most people looking to begin trade school soon, now is the time to begin marketing themselves are competent vocational workers. The future is bright for anyone entering a blue-collar job!
Trade School Popularity
Trade schools can offer all the practical work skills needed for a specific career path, as well as a promise of an always-interesting workday. Better yet, you won’t spend nearly as much money or time on a technical school education. If you’re interested in a technical or HVAC career path, give tech school a try!
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For your long-term HVAC career, a well-written resume will be a valuable asset. Having a demonstrable record of your skills, experience, and knowledge will allow you to more effectively promote yourself as a reliable contractor and, consequently, gain more work.
There is no perfect resume format or style for an HVAC career. However, your resume should contain a few key pieces of information for potential clients or employers to consider. Include your years of experience, your education, and briefly describe the skills most critical to an HVAC job.
Experience and Education
This one applies to any career path. On your resume, list the trade school you graduated from, your GPA (if one is provided), how long your training lasted, and how long you’ve been working in the HVAC field since then. Excellent grades from a reliable school show you’re a hard worker and willing to learn. And of course, experience shows how long you’ve been able to apply your newfound knowledge in your field. List any jobs, apprenticeships, or other work experience that helped you learn.
Think about the repair skills you learned in school. Which ones will customers want to see that you have? A few critical ones might include:
- Installation and troubleshooting skills for heating and cooling systems
- Finding and fixing the source of a problem
- Finding or altering replacement parts
- Installing individual parts (pumps, pipes, fans, etc.)
- Using power tools safely
- Maintaining air and water treatments in HVAC systems
- Performing preventive maintenance as needed
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to list customer service skills on your HVAC resume! A good relationship with your clients will help expand your career.
In addition to the mechanical skills an HVAC technician needs, you should also be prepared to demonstrate your knowledge of different systems and legal documents. On your resume, explain how familiar you are with:
- Safety procedures and basic instructions for HVAC equipment
- Work strategies and schematics
- Local building codes and safety regulations
- General familiarity with how an HVAC system functions
- Determining whether a client needs a simple repair or full replacement
Different regions require different exact certifications before you can begin work, so make sure you know what tests to pass and list on your resume. One example is the EPA 608 Technician Certification, designed to ensure that HVAC technicians know how to handle potentially hazardous refrigerants. Not only is this test mandatory to do any real HVAC work, but it’s also absolutely critical to most HVAC employers. Once you have this certification, display it on your resume prominently.
Additionally, while some tests may not be mandatory, they can increase your appeal to potential employers and clients alike. Research your local regulations and see what HVAC employers want from their new hires.
Starting Your HVAC Career
A well-written resume can ultimately contribute to a rewarding job and a fulfilling career in the HVAC industry. How does your resume measure up? It may be time to double-check that your resume matches your ideal job description.
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In an HVAC career, one thing is certain: no two days will be exactly the same. Almost daily you’ll have new clients, new problems to solve, and a new location to work in.
As an HVAC student or someone considering the career, you’ve probably wondered: what does a normal day in the life of an HVAC technician look like? Individual days will vary, but you can generally expect a few consistent daily occurrences in your new job.
Planning a Full Day’s Work
Most HVAC techs start their day by either receiving a list of scheduled jobs from their employer or (if self-employed) speaking directly to clients about work. If you make HVAC your career, you’ll rarely have to worry about filling your workday. In Houston, someone will inevitably need repairs on their AC unit. Once you have a full schedule of clients, you’re ready to head out and start working.
Small Jobs vs. Big Projects
For most HVAC professionals, a typical workday consists of several smaller projects to perform maintenance work, repair a malfunctioning air conditioner, or install a new unit. In a suburban area, most of your work will be visiting homes or occasionally small businesses. These jobs generally won’t take long, allowing you to complete several of them in a single day.
Occasionally, you’ll get a bigger installation or repair job that could take days. Maybe a homeowner’s problem is extensive or a large building needs an entirely new system. Obviously, there’s little chance you’ll finish these jobs in one day. You may spend several days returning to the same building and working on the same job.
Finding and Solving the Problem
More often than not, a client won’t know what the problem is with their heating and air conditioning system when they hire you for repairs. Most homeowners won’t provide more information than “It stopped working yesterday.” This is where your problem-solving skills can help immensely. If you know the internal workings of an AC system like the back of your hand, you can easily find anything out of place or broken. Your client will be pleased with the speed of your work, and you’ll be able to fix the problem without pressing the client for more details that they may not know.
Pro Tip: Happy clients can easily become repeat clients! After a service call, leave your contact information and encourage them to call you again if their AC system needs further work.
Overtime or Other Duties
The bad news about an HVAC job is that it can easily run late if complications arise. The good news is, those extra work hours count as overtime and can earn you a decent amount of extra pay for your hard work! Staying late can also shorten the overall time required for a job, meaning you have to spend less time in the same place.
Self-employed HVAC professionals also have to worry about administrative work or planning for the next day once they’ve completed their other work. With time, you should learn to plan accordingly for this extra time and wrap up your day at a reasonable hour.
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If you love variety in your workdays and relish a challenge, working in the HVAC industry could be the perfect job for you. You’ll never be low on repair jobs or new learning opportunities to improve your skills.
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Trade school, particularly for a career path such as air conditioning maintenance, doesn’t seem like the most appealing or lucrative job. It may surprise you to learn that HVAC jobs are actually always in high demand and provide stable employment for many people. Even with little experience, HVAC techs have little trouble finding job opportunities.
Many people have turned HVAC work into a full-time, stable career. While this work is not for everyone, choosing a career in HVAC can certainly provide you with enough job prospects and income to support yourself.
Fast Training and Certification
In as little as fourteen weeks, you could complete a training course and become a certified HVAC tech. However, learning wouldn’t stop there. You’d also want to invest time to shadow experienced techs on their jobs, network with other professionals, and continue to self-study on anything that gives you trouble. Your formal training may be mercifully fast and inexpensive, leaving you with few student loans, but you’ll want to make sure you don’t miss out on any crucial knowledge.
Millions of Americans have an AC unit in their home. In Houston, a cooling system is a necessity to beat the near-constant heat. In the HVAC field, you’ll never have trouble finding someone whose AC or heating system needs repairs or maintenance work.
Pro Tip: Though exact numbers vary, an estimated 97% of southern Americans have and regularly use a home AC system. Imagine how many need regular work at any given time!
Expanding Career Field
As the previous generation of HVAC techs retire and the overall employment rate rises, the stage is set for entry level techs to corner the market. You’ll rarely be short on opportunities to work, and more and more jobs are opening up. The HVAC career field is thriving and ready for new recruits!
In April 2019, ZipRecruiter estimated that an HVAC technician makes approximately $43,000 annually on a full-time schedule. Between overtime and individual high-paying jobs, you could easily turn this into $50,000 or more every year. AC repair is big business! Just remember that this salary applies to experienced techs–at an entry-level job, you’ll likely start out closer to $30,000.
Choose Your Workspace
Businesses, office buildings, warehouses, private homes, and more all require regular maintenance work on their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. This grants you plenty of flexibility to choose your ideal work environment. Do you enjoy meeting new people, seeing new places, and providing excellent customer service? Focus on in-home repairs, where you can visit multiple homes per day to do your job. If you prefer a more stable and private work environment, consider tackling a multiple-day-long job like an office building’s AC system. You’ll have more privacy and complete the job in less of a rush.
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HVAC professionals and service technicians, even entry-level ones, will rarely struggle to find work in the southern US. The job is certainly physically demanding and not for everyone. But those who do choose it can expect a long-term, stable career with a good salary.
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When considering a fulfilling career in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning field, you’ll need to know what requirements to have under your belt when you start mapping out your future. It may seem overwhelming when you take your first look at what’s required, but planning the steps to take will get the ball rolling on your journey to becoming an experienced HVAC technician.
What Do You Need to Become an HVAC Tech?
Practice makes perfect. You’re going to need lots of training, a beneficial education, and all the experience that you can get. Here are 5 job requirements that will get you started in your career as an HVAC technician:
- License or Certification
- On-Call Availability
1) A High School Education or Equivalent
A high school diploma or GED is required to begin in the HVAC field. From high school, you’ll receive the math and reading skills needed to perform job duties. Once you’ve acquired your degree, you’ll be ready to further your education.
2) Related Form of License or Certification
You won’t be able to go out into the field for work until you’ve been certified to do so. Your license will tell employers that you are qualified to install and repair HVAC systems. You’ll be tested on your knowledge through exams in order to obtain your license.
3) Hands-On Training for Your Field
You may possess the knowledge needed about ventilation systems, but if you’re lacking in actual physical work with the systems, you won’t have much luck progressing in your career. It’s important to get hands-on training in order to fully understand the systems and equipment you’ll be working with, and how to problem-solve in your work environment.
4) Gain Experience From an Apprenticeship
The traditional way to learn a trade, such as HVAC, is through an apprenticeship. As a new HVAC tech, you’ll work with a mentor to learn from them and the years of experience that they have in their field. During an apprenticeship, you’ll learn as you do actual work on the job, as opposed to taking notes in a classroom.
Pro Tip: There are many benefits that come with an HVAC apprenticeship. You’ll be learning from an experienced mentor, training for your certifications, and earning a wage while you do so.
5) Open Availability for On-Call Shifts
Lastly, with all of the training and experience required for this career, you will need to have the time to do it all. When you begin as an HVAC technician, you’ll need to have an open schedule as your hours will book up with numerous jobs to complete each week. Having a flexible schedule is required for HVAC techs.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you’ve got what it takes to become an HVAC tech, enroll yourself in the required HVAC classes to start learning and getting the hands-on experience you need.
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If you’ve been thinking about trade school classes, you’re probably wondering what kind of HVAC skills you’ll attain as you reach graduation. HVAC school will give you plenty of hands-on work experience to make sure you understand the technicalities inside and out. You’ll also receive the necessary knowledge through working with properly-trained instructors.
When you’ve completed the courses for your career in HVAC, you’ll be leaving with more than just a certification. You’ll be knowledgeable of your trade, understanding of safety and regulations, and possess the skills needed to work through challenging tasks. If you attend a reputable HVAC school, you should be familiar with a regular HVAC technician work day upon graduation.
Knowledge of HVAC Systems
The courses that you take in HVAC training programs will teach you the ins and outs of HVAC systems. You’ll learn critical HVAC information such as how the machines work and the parts are required for installation and repair. A trustworthy HVAC expert will need to have a thorough understanding of electrical circuits, mechanical systems, and refrigeration in order to pass their skills to you.
Understanding Safety Standards
Most employers won’t allow a technician to work for them if they don’t possess a full understanding of safety in the workplace. You’ll learn how to properly handle the tools you’ll be using, the right safety gear to wear for work, and how to identify potential hazards.
The hands-on learning approach to HVAC classes is great for assessing problems and finding the solution. You’ll be able to understand the potential problems that you will come across in your HVAC career and how you can solve them with your new mechanical skills. You’ll gain communication skills come from experience and learning from past mistakes.
Pro Tip: While you will learn very important skills in school, you’ll always be discovering new things throughout your rewarding career as an HVAC technician.
It’s important to understand what you’ll be learning about as you begin your education and training for HVAC. You’ll learn the essentials for working with heating ventilation and air conditioning systems. Join the conversation to learn more about our classes.