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Your Guide to an HVAC Career Path

Your Guide to an HVAC Career Path

Your Guide to an HVAC Career Path

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you’re probably contemplating an HVAC career path. That’s a good choice considering great, professionally trained HVAC techs will never be without a job. It takes a lot of training within the HVAC industry, but once you are performing your best, you’ll rest easy in knowing that you have job security for the rest of your working years.

Comfort has become a necessity for most Americans.  Think about all of the buildings in the town or city that you live in. They probably all have a functioning HVAC system. HVAC technicians work tirelessly to install and repair heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems to ensure that their clients are comfortable. If an HVAC career path is something you want to pursue, follow this essential guide. Click To Tweet

Attend a Training Center

First and foremost you must find an accredited training center. There are many trade schools that offer in-person HVAC classes to teach you the HVAC business. Enroll in quality classes and you will learn everything you need to know about completing HVAC jobs.

Pro Tip: If you want to be a successful technician in the HVAC industry, it’s important to attend a qualified training center so that you’re prepared for your first entry level job.

Learn From the Best

When searching for training programs that will teach you the HVAC field, you want to make sure you’re going to learn from someone that has years of experience and loves what they do. At The Training Center of Air Conditioning & Heating, Chris Walters is passionate about the HVAC industry. He has over thirty years of experience, including 21 years where he was a president of an HVAC corporation. He teaches with hands-on methods to transform his students into HVAC professionals. The ultimate goal is to get his students out into job sites.

Find Your Dream Job

Once you finish training (Which can take as little as fourteen weeks), it’s time to apply yourself to the career field. You will most likely need an apprenticeship before you can find a full-time position. Before your first interview, read the About page of the HVAC company online and scan through their social accounts. This will help you prepare for any questions, and you can impress the interviewer with your knowledge of their company.

A Growing Career Field

The HVAC industry is looking for new technicians as the need for efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning continues to grow. Furthermore, many experienced HVAC techs will be retiring in the coming years and need fresh new faces to mold and train.

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If College isn’t for you, Consider Getting Certified in HVAC

If College isn’t for you, Consider Getting Certified in HVAC

College is not cheap. The prices are rising and so is student debt. The fear of being unemployed after completing college is very real. College doesn’t have to be for everyone. There are many careers that are rewarding and challenging that don’t require a bachelor’s degree.

Graduating from high school or obtaining your GED is an accomplishment to be proud of. You don’t have to attend a four-year university to find a well-paying career. Technical jobs are in high demand as so many people are attending college right after high school. If you’re looking for a career that pushes you to solve problems and learn daily while using your customer service skills, consider becoming certified in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Click To Tweet

Job Duties

HVAC  job duties include, but are not limited to the installation, repair, and maintenance of indoor air quality systems. Furthermore, technicians clean and adjust the system for optimum performance while being on call for emergencies. Besides being extremely technical, HVAC excellence requires professional level customer service skills. While most of your time will be spent working on HVAC systems, some of your time will be spent answering customer queries and assisting them with anything related to their air conditioners.

HVAC Training

If the job duties sound like a good fit for you, your next step is to find a reputable training program. Some schools provide you with the information you need to be successful, but also provide hands-on training.

Pro Tip: It’s important to find an HVAC trade school that will give you real-world work experience so that you’re prepared to start a career upon graduation.  

HVAC Certification

After you’ve completed your training, you must get certified. It will probably be part of your graduation requirements to take exams that upon passing will award you the correct types of certifications. Once you’re a certified HVAC technician, you’ll be ready to start an apprenticeship or an entry-level job.

Plan a Successful Future

College isn’t the only path to success. The HVAC industry is always changing and improving to be more energy efficient, so new, young technicians are in high demand. Becoming certified to repair and maintain heating, ventilation and cooling systems can provide you with a rewarding and exciting career for the rest of your working years.

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4 Reasons to Consider a Trade School

4 Reasons to Consider a Trade School

Your high school teachers probably emphasized the importance of a four-year university all throughout school. You hear it all the time, that you won’t be able to make money without a bachelor’s degree. But, how true is this assumption? If you’ve decided against a four-year university for financial, or time commitment reasons, a trade school may be a great choice for you. Here are 4 reasons why. Click To Tweet

Why Should You Consider Trade School?

As the price of universities continues to increase, technical schools are becoming a feasible option for many Americans. Here are 4 reasons to consider a trade school:

  1. Pricy Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Jobs After College
  3. Trade School Salaries
  4. Job Security

1) Pricy Bachelor’s Degree

Four-year universities are costing people tens of thousands of dollars in the greater Houston area. The average cost of degree programs has monumentally increased over the past 50 years. Even the price of community colleges is increasing. Financial aid can help, but only if your family has a low enough income, otherwise you’ll only be awarded loans. The debt in the United States is on the rise and graduating with debt you can never pay off is only contributing to the problem. 

Pro Tip: Many trade schools will teach you technical skills that you can use for a rewarding, life-long career.

2) Jobs After College

Another issue with universities is that many graduates are having a very difficult time finding a job. After years of college and accumulated debt, the last thing a college graduate wants is to be unemployed. Vocational schools cost less and only take a fraction of the time to complete as a four-year university. Furthermore, many trade schools will give you hands-on experience in skilled trades that will almost always guarantee a career once you graduate.

3) Trade School Salaries

Many trade schools are training you for rewarding careers. The salaries are competitive, even compared to universities. Technical colleges are an affordable option that takes a lot less time to complete. Highly trained technicians are in demand considering so many people are jumping on the college bandwagon, before considering other options.

4) Job Security

Many people who currently have skilled trade jobs are getting older. As they reach retirement, the need for innovative young people increases. Many of the high-precision skills taught in vocational skills cannot be outsourced to other countries. This will give you security in your career.

Trade School for the Win

There are numerous benefits to trade schools including saving time and money to receive a quality education and being secure in your job. There are plenty of trade schools that can teach you everything you need to know for a successful, life-long career- you just have to find the best one for you!

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4 Jobs You Can Get with a High School Diploma

4 Jobs You Can Get with a High School Diploma

So, you’ve received your high school diploma, now what? You should be proud of your achievements. It’s honorable to earn a high school degree. Whether you graduated from a public school or earned an accredited high school diploma online, you can still find a job that doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree.

What Are Some Jobs that You Can Get With a High School Diploma?

Now that you’ve completed your graduation requirements and earned the required credits, it’s time to think about the next steps in your career search. If college isn’t an option for you, consider the following 4 careers that you can get with a high school diploma. Click To Tweet

  1. HVAC Tech
  2. Postman & Postmaster
  3. Retail Management
  4. Law Enforcement

1) HVAC Tech

HVAC techs have a hands-on, technical job where they install and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. HVAC technicians are in high demand as the need for smart, efficient heating and ventilation systems grows. A career in HVAC requires a high school diploma and completion of a training program. Some of these programs take only 14 weeks and will have you certified and in the work field upon completion of the required courses.

Pro Tip: If you love working with your hands and want to improve the efficiency of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, then a career in HVAC may be ideal for you.

2) Postman/Woman

When waiting to receive a letter or package in the mail, do you ever contemplate the process it took to get to you? Postmen and women work hard to ensure your mail makes it to you. A career as a postman/woman requires you to start early and exercise daily, but a typical day will end by mid-afternoon. It might be perfect for you if you love to stay active while getting paid.

3) Retail Management

A career in retail management doesn’t necessarily require a college degree. Most people become managers by starting at an entry-level position, completing job training, and acquiring years of experience. If you are a natural leader and enjoy managing sales, staff, and stock then a career in retail management could be best for you.

4) Law Enforcement

A career in law enforcement may be right for you if you want to be a positive force in your community. In order to become a police officer, you must have a high school diploma or GED, have a clean criminal background, pass the law enforcement entrance exam, and graduate from the police academy. A career in law enforcement is by no means easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding. It also provides you with a way to move up in your field.

The Perfect Career

It’s important to choose a career that pushes you to excel. Whatever you decide to do with your life after high school, just remember that your happiness is key. Find something you love and stick with it.

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4 Steps to Become an HVAC Technician

4 Steps to Become an HVAC Technician

The need for HVAC technicians is growing as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology advances. In order to be a successful HVAC professional, you must learn the ins-and-outs of HVAC installation and repair. These steps will get you on the right path to start a rewarding HVAC career. Click To Tweet

How to Become an HVAC Tech

Before taking the next steps, you’ll want to research HVAC job duties and be sure it’s the right career for you. The job is very technical and requires quite a bit of hard work and commitment. If you are interested in becoming a certified HVAC technician but aren’t sure where to start, follow these four steps.

  1. Graduate From High School
  2. Enroll in Classes
  3. Get Hands-On Job Experience
  4. Get Certified

1) Graduate From High School

The first step to becoming HVAC certified is receiving your high school diploma. If you’re still in high school, talk with your guidance counselor about taking courses that would be useful in your path to becoming an HVAC tech. If you haven’t graduated from high school, consider getting your GED online or remotely.

2) Enroll in Classes

Next, you’ll want to find an HVAC training center. Choose a reputable school that will offer hands-on training. You’ll also want to make sure that the class times align with your schedule.

3) Hands-On Job Experience

It’s critical to get experience working on HVAC systems as soon as possible. You’ll want to choose a school that has experienced instructors that are passionate about what they do and want to provide the best job training.

Pro Tip: When selecting an HVAC training center, remember to ask if they will offer you hands-on training before you are certified.

4) Get Certified

The final step is to get your HVAC technician certification to work on air conditioning and heating systems in your state. It will definitely take patience, consistency, and practice. Fortunately, these programs can take as little as 14 weeks.

A Rewarding Career

A career in HVAC can be fast-paced and challenging at times. It takes patience and diligence to become a certified HVAC technician. Nonetheless, a career in HVAC can be quite rewarding.

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3 Career Goals to Set for 2019

3 Career Goals to Set for 2019

What better time to set new goals than the beginning of a new year? 2018 was a great year for The Training Center of Air Conditioning & Heating. It’s always so fulfilling to watch students learn, grow and challenge themselves to be the best HVAC technicians they can be.

Your Winter Goals

Whether you’re unhappy in your career, or just need a change, now is the time to chase your dreams. By working toward a few goals now, you’ll set yourself up to have a rewarding career when springtime comes around.  Are you interested in finding a new challenging yet rewarding career? HVAC classes begin on January 15th and end April 25th. Here are 3 career goals that will get you trained to be an HVAC tech in only 14 weeks. Click To Tweet

1. Challenge Yourself

Do you feel complacent in your current career? Challenge yourself to learn a new trade this year. It’s an amazing feeling to accomplish the obstacles you set for yourself. Starting HVAC classes could be the challenge you need in 2019.

2. Choose a Rewarding Career

If you’re unhappy with your current job or feel as though you are stuck, maybe you should consider choosing a career that will give you a new sense of fulfillment. While the winters in Texas are beautiful, summers are not so forgiving. The peak season for HVAC professionals is during the intense summer months. 

Pro Tip: In Texas summers, the demand for highly trained HVAC technicians grows substantially as southerners can’t survive without a functioning AC.

3. Get Certified

Make it a 2019 goal to become certified to repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Classes at The Training Center begin on January 15 and last for fourteen weeks- ending on April 25. This timeline makes an HVAC certification the perfect New Year’s Resolution.

Setting Goals for a Satisfying Future

Setting goals now will lay the groundwork for not only a satisfying 2019 but a satisfying profession in the years to come. Join the conversation to learn more about registering for January classes, so that you’re trained and available when the demand for HVAC technicians grows this summer.