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Jun 12, 2014

Need for HVAC Technicians on the Rise

If you get great satisfaction working with your hands and helping people, you can find a great career in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry.  For the most part, HVAC technicians either install or repair heating and cooling systems in commercial, industrial or residential environments.

If you live in California, you know how hot it can get in the summer. This means that there is always a need for qualified, educated HVAC technicians.

How to become an HVAC technician
Because systems are becoming increasingly more complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or technical training from a heating and air conditioning school, technical or trade school, or community college. Most HVAC courses offer a combination of hands-on and classroom education where students are exposed to theory and practical applications during their HVAC training. In Modesto, Clovis and Redding, Institute of Technology offers training programs that can be completed in as few as 10 months.

 

Duties
Although the work depends on their area of specialization, most HVAC technicians perform the following functions:

  • Connecting systems to fuel and water supply lines, air ducts, and other components
  • Installing electrical wiring and controls
  • Testing for proper operation
  • Inspecting and maintaining systems
  • Testing individual components to determine necessary repairs
  • Repairing or replacing worn or defective parts
  • Determining system energy usage and making recommendations to improve  efficiency

Career outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014 Edition, the average annual income for an HVAC technician in California is $53,150(1) . Nationwide, BLS estimates the number of jobs in the HVAC field will increase by 21% by 2022(2) .

Getting the right training
If you enjoy working with your hands and troubleshooting mechanical systems when something goes awry, a technical career could be the perfect opportunity for you. By combining classroom time, computer simulations and hands-on practical experience, our programs can help prepare you for a rewarding career. If you’re interested in getting HVAC certification in Modesto, Clovis or Redding, check out our training programs at IOT.


(1)Reference: http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ca.htm#49-0000
 (2)Reference: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm