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The Need for Heating and Air Conditioning Technicians - HVAC

By Phil Laboon

Regardless of where you live, people need heating or air conditioning HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning) job opportunities are dramatically increasing all over the United States. While the need for Air Conditioning and Heating Technicians steadily rises, the amount of trained graduates to fulfill the positions has not. Because of this, HVAC technicians are finding themselves with great job security as well as increasing salaries. Here are just a few reasons why more people are turning towards a career in the HVAC field everyday:

1. HVACR certification requires quick and easy training that often lasts as little as nine months. According to Jon Cline of RSIAZ, a heating and air conditioning training school in Phoenix, Arizona, "Of the approximately 7,000 technicians trained in 2004, very few graduated from other than a career school such as ours. Traditionally, career school programs for HVACR are from 6 to 15 months. Graduates of accelerated training programs find a high employment demand and starting salaries in the range of $32,000 to $35,000 with as little as six months of training."


Typical Program breakdown:

Day Program Night Program

Electrical Technologies 3 months 4 months

Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating Technologies 6 months 9 months

Electro-Mechanical Technologies 8 months 12 months

Mechanical Maintenance 12 months 24 months

Graduates from the Electro-Mechanical course have completed the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Heating AND Electrical portion of our course. Therefore when they graduate they are an Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Technician AND an Electrician. This is important to employers because they only need to hire one person to perform both functions.

Graduates of the Associate of Occupational Studies in of Mechanical Maintenance Engineering add an additional 5 months of training to the Electro-Mechanical Course to prepare a graduate to work in the large commercial industry.

2. The demand for HVAC technicians and engineers is high and steadily increasing, thus the wages are much higher than similar jobs in the labor industry.

3. Because most unions and employers only require less than 2 years of training, a career in HVAC costs much less then a four year school.

It is no wonder why heating and air conditioning technician jobs are one of the fastest growing employment opportunities in the world, and they offer involvement in business ownership. In fact the U.S Department of Labor estimates that there will be a 17% increase of jobs in this field over the next 2 years.

Why are heating and air conditioning technician jobs at a premium?

Heating ventilation and air conditioning is a very important factor in residential homes as well as businesses, this is because being comfortable is something every aspects whether it's in their cubicle or bedroom. Heat ventilation installment only requires two semesters of training.

Little known facts about HVAC ( Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning) jobs:

- An average hourly wage for a certified worker can be as much as $10-15 higher when compared to a non-union worker in the HVAC industry.

- Due to the overwhelming demand for heating and air conditioning technicians many technicians clear $200.00 a day without a college degree.

- Because of the extensive training in the HVAC industry business ownership is highly implicated in these fields.
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