1. Active Workplace
The job of a heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) technician is a job for someone who likes to work with their hands, for someone who enjoys exploring how things work. Contraptions and systems that others can’t even begin to understand, an HVAC technician installs and maintains. Instead of staring at a computer screen all day like the majority of the population, HVAC installers work with their hands. They use tools like hammers, drills, metal snips, acetylene torches, and pipe cutters. HVAC is an active career for active people.
Not only is the job hands-on, but there are so many different things to do! There are many areas an HVAC technician can specialize in. Obviously HVAC consists of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration. A technician may specialize in any of these areas. They may also specialize in installation, or maintenance and repair. If one does not wish to specialize, but work in all areas, that person may find themselves installing water supply lines one day, repairing a cooling system the next day, and studying blue prints another day. There’s always new things to do when you are an HVAC mechanic.
3. No Slow Season
Every month of the year is a busy one for a HVAC technician. When summer sets in, HVAC mechanics will install air conditioning systems and run maintenance checks on heating systems so the heating system will smoothly when the time comes. When it is winter, HVAC mechanics run maintenance on cooling systems and install heaters. So, wether you specialize in heating, cooling, installation, or maintenance, there is always work out there, no matter the time of year.
Also, regardless of the economy, people will always need HVAC technicians. When the economy is good, people will be buying new homes and new businesses. That means there will be installations galore. When the economy is bad, people will be holding on to older appliances and heating and cooling systems. That means there will be more breakdowns and more maintenance will be required. No matter which way you look at it, HVAC mechanics will always be in high demand.
4. Quick Training
Vocational / trade schools and community colleges offer HVAC programs. The HVAC programs that are accredited by HVAC Excellence; the National Center for Construction Education and Research; and the Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation will have you trained and working in no time. You can be on the job hunt in as little as six months to two years, depending on whether you want a diploma or an associate’s degree. In either case, that’s an extremely short amount of time to learn about equipment, installation, temperature control, electronics, maintenance, and repair.
If you decide you want extra training, HVAC apprenticeships are offered. Apprenticeships allow a person to be paid as they learn their trade. They usually last anywhere from three years to five years. Classroom coursework and paid on-the-job training come together to give you a more in-depth education. It does take longer to complete an apprenticeship than to get a degree or diploma, but in the end you will have been paid, gathered more experience, and perhaps have found a job.
6. Job Security
Between the years of 2008 and 2018, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the HVAC job market to grow at a 28% increase. That’s a jump from 308,200 jobs to 394,000–a total of 86,600 job openings! With numbers like that, it’s easy to see why HVAC is a career path with a future. Not only that, but many unions are available for HVAC technicians. Because of this, you can be sure that both your rights and your job will be protected.