The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry has long been a male-dominated industry. Whereas there are more females employed as social workers, human resources managers, speech-language pathologists, and dental assistants, men dominate the skilled trades.
Of the 367,900 Americans employed in 2018 as HVAC mechanics and installers, just 1.4 percent of those were women according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For contractors looking to expand their workforce, a number like this represents a huge potential. There is a need for technical trades, especially as the industry is experiencing high demand.
With skilled labor shortages, HVAC is one of the most in-demand careers on the market. The job outlook for HVAC careers is currently expected to grow 14% before 2024 – double the typical growth for most industries. This will allow for the creation of more jobs for women which is necessary in order for the industry to survive.
In order for businesses in the HVAC industry to grow and find quality employees for the future, business owners must look outside the industry’s preconceived idea of what a “service technician” looks like. When most people picture the average HVAC expert, they likely imagine a man.
Challenging the Stereotype
Challenging the stereotype that HVAC technicians are always men is the first step to encouraging women to join this ever-growing industry. Once that is completed, women are often excited by the possibilities. A career in HVAC certainly offers a lot more than your typical day job!
In general, women communicate well, pay attention to detail, analyze situations and solve problems. These interpersonal skills in combination with HVAC skills can really help women succeed in the industry, and these skills can also help the HVAC industry as a whole.
However, misconceptions about female HVAC technicians could be impeding the overall progress. Some people believe women are not strong enough or smart enough to work in the HVAC industry.
Others think women lack the necessary training to perform the duties necessary to succeed. When women are being trained, they are being prepared to do the same work as a man meaning the training they receive is no different from the training men receive.
Women in HVACR is an organization that was organized exclusively for educational purposes to further the growth of women in all areas of the HVAC industry. This does not just include the technical area but also sales, management, and ownership. They work to debunk myths that the HVAC industry cannot succeed with women in it. Just like Women in HVACR, the organization Women of HVAC exists to include and promote women in an industry traditionally reserved for men.
How We Help
Here at The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating in Texas, we invite everyone to study under our director, Chris Walters. For women looking to better themselves and begin a career in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry, be sure to connect with us to learn more about planning your HVAC career!
If you have any questions regarding the HVAC industry and the education you will receive here, check out some of the common questions we receive and our answers to each. Your career’s ultimate success depends on several factors. Of these factors, the most important is arguably your training experience!
Thank you for considering The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating in your quest for HVAC training. If you have viewed our website or taken a tour of the facility, you probably already know what we have to offer that is unique to our program.
First of all, please know that we care about you and we intend to do everything to give you more than you expected. Once you pass through our doors, you become part of our club and we are here to help and guide you long after you graduate. Let us be the training center you need to start your HVAC career.
Common Questions & Answers
Even after a tour or browsing session on our website, you probably still have plenty of questions about The Training Center. We’ve compiled the most commonly asked questions we receive, along with their answers, here for your convenience:
- How are we different?
- What is a subject matter expert?
- Why was this school started?
- Is this class for you?
- Why learn the HVAC trade?
- What do our students say at graduation?
- Why should you contact us?
1) How Are We Different?
The class is designed to get the information and labs to you in the most efficient way possible and to use your time onsite most effectively. We are not about filling seats and adding more and more. We are about small class sizes and quality. We do not start students at random times, nor do we switch you to other trade classes in the middle of a course. We all start together and we all graduate together.
2) What is a Subject Matter Expert?
The state of Texas receives numerous applications for subject matter experts, outstanding leaders in their field, out of which only 4-5 experts are chosen annually. Chris Walters has been a continuously selected expert for a number of years and has not only maintained and worked on the class A license exam, but also asked to be part of the class B exam and to help develop a new technician certification exam. Positions like these come at the pinnacle of careers and are limited to applications that hold the highest license type.
3) Why Was This School Started?
Chris Walters started this school because none existed that met his needs for technicians in his air conditioning company. After nearly 23 years of getting other schools’ graduates only to have to train them on almost everything, he decided to do something about it. Starting the school solved his technician problem and allowed other contractors to hire new graduates from the school. Now Chris exclusively spends his time developing and improving the training to keep it cutting edge and always relevant to what is breaking today.
Once he got state approval of the school, Chris sent his helpers through it and immediately put them in service trucks. After training more technicians, the word got out and contractors called almost daily in search of graduates to hire. His hard work has paid off as the school continues to thrive today.
4) Is This Class for You?
This class is for you if you want to learn how to install or repair an HVAC system. Age doesn’t matter–as long as you’re willing to put in the effort and apply yourself, you can launch an HVAC career at any age. Likewise, you don’t need to be an expert in HVAC to take this class. The lessons will be given to you at your level of knowledge and you will never be singled out for knowing too little. No matter where you are in life, we can meet you there and bring you up to speed.
5) Why Learn the HVAC Trade?
There are several reasons why this trade is such a great choice:
- The HVAC industry is suffering from a severe lack of qualified workers since this is not a skill easily learned on the job. The market is wide open!
- The work is challenging, exciting, and the pay is excellent. You can choose to work in a different location every day or maintain some consistency, depending on your preference.
- You can build and run your own HVAC business in just 4 years.
- A/C systems wear out every 10 years, so new opportunities are never far away.
- Big HVAC companies have driven installation and repair prices very high, so you can easily offer competitive prices and earn yourself plenty of business.
6) What Do Students Say at Graduation?
The most important thing we hear from our students is that we gave them everything we promised. It is very important that students trust our comments and then see that we will follow through. We also hear great compliments from the families and employers of our graduates.
Graduation night is very special to us and a great time for family to share in this important moment. We get many warm thanks all throughout the program and we always welcome graduates to return and let us see how they are doing.
7) Why Should You Contact Us?
When you contact us, you will get our undivided attention for as long as you need it. We will not only answer all your questions, but we will invite you to visit us and take a look for yourself. If school is in session, you are welcome to visit during one of the classes and sit in for a few minutes.
Pro Tip: It is very important that you feel at home here and never feel rushed. We just want to show you that what we have to offer is superior to virtually any other training experience you can find.
Jump-Start Your HVAC Career
Your career’s ultimate success depends on several factors. Of these factors, the most important is arguably your training experience. Did you learn everything necessary for your work? Were your instructors and fellow students available for continued support even after graduation? Finding the right trade school is crucial to your career. With the answers to these common questions, you should be able to make an informed decision on where to seek training.
Connect with us to learn more about planning your HVAC career!
If you have been in the HVAC industry for any time at all, you are aware of the massive technician shortage. If you have been in it for decades like many experts have, you are aware this shortage is nothing new. Waiting for this problem to solve itself has not worked in the past and will still not be effective today.
Conventional job search methods, whether newspaper ads or online job postings, are not nearly as effective as they once were in a technical industry. In recent years, more modern methods such as training schools have shown much more promise in creating skilled, dedicated workers. Let’s take a look at what the facts show.
Unreliable Recruitment Methods
Most contractors have tried everything to find technicians, from the newspaper ads of a few years ago to the online job postings of today. The result is usually the same. Either these calls for workers get no responses or attract poor workers who can’t perform. Since good technicians usually don’t have any problem finding a job, they spend far less time searching and thus rarely see these postings. This leaves a contractor in a bad place when trying to grow a business or just keep it running through normal attrition.
At times, a desperate contractor will poach technicians from another business with the promise of additional pay. For instance, some HVAC technicians will find business cards on their service trucks that say, in a nutshell, “I will pay you more than you currently make–call me!” While this method is common, this just breeds service techs that jump companies for additional pay rather than the overall value of that company. If this is your business’s chosen method, don’t expect loyalty from a tech that jumped just for a few dollars. There is a better way.
Get More HVAC Technicians Quickly
Training your own employees is the solution. Who do you know that could be a great technician if they only had proper training? Find a training school that really does teach what is needed. This fast, efficient method of education can give you a quick return on your investment.
Pro Tip: Find a training facility that can balance time commitments with excellent results. HVAC skills may not need years to teach, but can’t be learned overnight either.
Questions to Ask a Potential Training Center
Finding the right tech school requires asking just a few questions until you find one that checks all your boxes.
Questions should include:
- How much of the class is hands-on?
- How many hours will they practice Brazing?
- Will they get to actually build up complete systems?
- How many different refrigerants will they get to recover and charge?
- Is there a hands-on final exam covering the entire learning experience?
- Will they get to remove motors, blowers, fans, and blades from working systems?
- Will they get to do lots of performance testing with superheat and subcooling methods?
- Will they learn how to use a ductulator?
- Was the program taken from a book or custom made based on years of experience?
- Finally, what is the cost and how long does it take to complete?
Be Part of the Solution
If you come to the realization that getting trained technicians will never happen if you do not become part of the solution you will never see a solution to your technician shortage. Invest in your company’s future by investing in training your own hires and you will never have a technician shortage.
Connect with us to learn more about the classes we offer and our students’ ultimate success rates in the HVAC field.
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!
Connect with us to learn more about the advantages of trade school and to sign up for our next set of classes.