PREPARING FOR YOUR CAREER IN HVAC
What is HVAC? - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning is the technology and trade of indoor environmental control. HVAC systems are designed and installed by degreed or certificated technicians to promote clean, comfortable, efficient airflow in offices, homes, apartments, and commercial buildings.
Getting into HVACR can give you a shot at living your dream of working in a high-skilled trade where your mechanical aptitude and problem solving skills earn you the respect you deserve. It also means joining a growing industry where technology is evolving and companies are competing for talented mechanics and installers.
There is nothing one-size-fits-all about heating, cooling, ventilation and refrigeration. The systems used throughout the country are different because the heating and cooling needs are different, and what works in one industrial application may not solve the problem in another. On-call service techs, installation contractors, and in-house engineers have no choice but to become experts in their niche, and to continually refine their expertise on the job as technology and efficiency standards change.
HVAC CAREER PATHS
Residential work requires you to bring more than your technical skills to the job. You’ll also need some people skills, salesmanship, and a squared away appearance.
As a commercial mechanic, you can count on regular hours spent working on the big systems found everywhere from retail and restaurants to hospitals and offices.
As a service tech, you might need to be on-call during off hours, and you’ll definitely be expected to bring your best problem solving skills to work with you every day.
Whether installing residential HVAC systems or commercial refrigerators, contractors are responsible for making sure heating and cooling infrastructure is up to code.
The HVAC industry relies on skilled technicians and installers, talented contractors and ambitious business owners. We’ve been lucky enough to talk to some of the best in the business who shared their thoughts on everything from the HVAC regulatory environment to where the industry is heading. Get the inside scoop from the people that have been there.
Angie is co-owner and Vice President of Western Heating & Air Conditioning in Orem Utah and sits on the Board of Directors for the professional mentoring organization, Women in HVACR.
Mike is a 26-year veteran licensed in Pennsylvania who has spent his career working as a service technician on the residential and commercial side of the industry.
As a service manager out of Minnesota, Kyle has gained more experience with residential and commercial heating since getting his start in 2013 than many guys get in an entire career.