Becoming an HVAC technician can be very difficult but extremely rewarding. Few people understand the ins and outs of these vitally important pieces of equipment, placing HVAC experts in high demand. The industry is also extremely stable. No matter where you live, you will likely require an air conditioning unit, furnace or both. This furthers the appeal of entering this field. However, this underrated career path is rarely spoken about throughout schooling, making entering the field a bit of a mystery.
How to Become an HVAC Technician
Here at Ashworth Heating and Cooling, we understand the importance of our industry reaches far beyond home comfort. A dedicated and skilled HVAC technician protects his or her community from harmful allergens and contaminants. Which is why we have provided some insight into how to best initiate a career in the HVAC industry. Here’s what you need to know:
HVAC Educational Qualification
Although the job of HVAC Tech does not require you to spend years in college, you do need to complete your High School Diploma and a strong grip of both math and science is extremely beneficial.
You can then opt for certification training. This can either be an apprenticeship program which allows you to learn on the job from an active professional or you can go for technical training at a local community college, online, or HVAC specific school. These certificates can take anywhere from 6 months to two years for a complete associate’s program. Having a certificate makes landing serious jobs as an HVAC technician much easier.
The next step is getting an HVAC license, by passing your state’s HVAC licensing test. Then finally will be your EPA 608 certification which permits you to work with refrigerants such as A/C coolant.
Career as an HVAC Technician
The career of an HVAC Technician starts from their apprenticeship days itself where they learn and earn at the same time. Once certified, an HVAC apprentice can begin his or her career as a legitimate technician. HVAC technicians are busy throughout the year with winter and summer being the optimal busy seasons when technicians are in the highest demand. You will be needed in the summers to keep Air Conditioning Units in order and when temperatures begin to drop in the winter, you are yet again in demand to make sure that furnaces are ready to handle the freezing weather. Overall, there is not a season or time of the year when people wouldn’t need an HVAC Technician on call. No matter where you live, temperatures are rarely comfortable at all hours of the day.
Any HVAC Tech needs to be ready to handle long hours and odd jobs. The job security is excellent for qualified technicians, however the wear and tear of unit installations, constant fixes and customer facing experiences, can be a lot for certain technicians.
While all professions come with pros and cons, we here at Ashworth Heating and Cooling all agree that we would not want to be in any other industry. Technicians are constantly in demand so the HVAC field is an easy field to penetrate for young workers looking kickstart their careers. If you have any HVAC career questions or other heating and cooling needs, don’t hesitate to contact Ashworth Heating and Cooling today.