Do you like to work with your hands? Do you do your own repair and maintenance work? A job in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) field could be a great career fit for you. The need for talented HVAC technicians is growing much faster than the average.1 Are you cut out to work in HVAC? Here’s what you can expect as an HVAC Tech:
As an HVAC Technician, you’ll do plenty of work with your hands. You’ll install, maintain, and repair heating systems like boilers, cooling systems like refrigerators, and ventilation systems like air ductwork. Expect to know how heat is exchanged, cooled, measured, and pumped. These are key skills to have for any HVAC specialty area, anywhere around the country.
Ability to Multitask
A good HVAC technician is proactive but also tends to the issues at hand. You don’t want to just respond to service calls. You want to identify potential problems before they cause damage. Your inspection checklist should at least include tests for thermostats, wiring, circuits, vent blockages, compressors, coils, and drains. A thorough inspection will help people stay cool in the heat, warm in the cold; don’t let it be the other way around.
A Knack for Science
Electricity runs through all the heating, cooling, and vent systems. Brush up on basic electric circuits to perform your job well and as a matter of safety. Check to make sure wires are live or dead using meters and test loads. Never touch wires directly. When you come to work on circuits, lock down the operation temperatures, voltage drop, operating conditions, and all other factors.
Good People Skills
Customer service is part of the job. Good people skills will be an asset as an HVAC technician. You’re going to have to explain the problems you encounter, and the approaches and solutions you plan to take to people who don’t have the slightest idea about how HVAC works. Some HVAC techs even do sales work; with the right skills and tactics you could do well for yourself selling service contracts. But you’ll need great communication skills. Do you have them?
There will be plenty of opportunities for you to put your technical and critical thinking skills to work as an HVAC technician. Get started on the principles and best practices of HVAC with Career Quest’s HVAC-R program. Through hands-on learning in an on-campus lab, you’ll master techniques to properly install, inspect, and operate HVAC systems in as little as a year. Find out more about this hot career path and meet the increasing demand for qualified professionals today. Give us a call at our Lansing (517) 318-3330 or Jackson (517) 990-9595 campuses today.