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DeLand HVAC Students Act as Local Heroes

Posted on February 18th, 2016 by SEM Tribeca

  DeLand HVAC Students Act as Local Heroes The classroom often isn’t the place where instructor Hored Salmon teaches his HVAC course to FTC Deland hvac  students. Salmon takes an approach to teaching that combines hands-on experience with community service, creating a winning combination in which students learn in a real work environment while helping their neighbors. Dionette Rivera, 27, can attest to that. Last winter, her heater wouldn’t start on a very cold night. It was the latest problem in a long line of issues Rivera, a single mother of four, had with her AC/heater unit since she bought her Deltona house. Even though the equipment was still under warranty, she couldn’t get the company who installed it to respond to her calls. Rivera didn’t know what else to do when it occurred to her to call Florida Technical College in DeLand for help. She had recently received her hair stylist diploma at FTC and knew about its HVAC program. “I don’t like to ask for favors,” said Dionette, who works full time as a daycare teacher and does hair part time to make ends meet. “But I really needed help and didn’t know where else to turn. The problem with the AC system was making it very difficult for the kids and I to sleep. The house was either muggy or freezing most of the time, and I was out of money.” Salmon was touched by the young mother’s situation and sprang into action. “She’d paid $5,000 for a new AC unit and the company that installed it had done a terrible, terrible job,” Salmon said. “It didn’t even seem they had licensed technicians involved. The whole thing made me mad.” Salmon and his team — students  Ryan Furber, Jarrid Race, John Clark, and Michael Pruitt and HVAC instructor Jacob Osterhut — rolled up their sleeves and went to work. They picked apart the AC unit and rebuilt the entire thing. They ran new pipes underground and then flushed the system clean because it had become infested with mold and acid, which could spread to the home’s walls. It was a complex task that the HVAC crew tackled with dedication and compassion. “I am very proud of the students who helped,” Salmon said. “They put in long hours, were eager to help and kept the best attitude.” The end result, Rivera said, was perfection. “My unit is working without any hiccups and my power bill has gone down quite a bit,” she said. “The FTC guys were such a blessing.” Salmon is glad that he and his students made a difference. There was no charge for their services. “We do things like this all the time,” he said. “We want to be relevant to the neighborhoods we are in. We help the community by lending a hand to someone who really needs it and, at the same time, our students get real-world experience.   RELATED ARTICLES : A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You A Brief Unofficial History of HVAC  

HVAC Technicians in Pembroke Pines

Posted on December 8th, 2015 by Nathalie Turotte

Why Demand for HVAC Technicians in Pembroke Pines is Growing If you’re looking for a new career that will be interesting, challenging, and that will give you job stability for the foreseeable future, look no further than HVAC. Technicians skilled in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning repair and installation earn a good living due to high demand. At the Pembroke Pines Campus of Florida Technical College (FTC), you can earn a diploma that not only trains you to become an HVAC technician in Pembroke Pines, but also includes the skills needed to work on refrigeration systems and programmable logic controllers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for the next several years for HVAC technicians is promising. The field is growing faster than most other careers, at a rate of 21 percent through 2022 and beyond. Here’s why HVAC technicians in Pembroke Pines will always be in demand:   Everyone has HVAC. In our modern world, almost all buildings, commercial and residential, have HVAC systems and many have refrigeration needs as well. This is something that is unlikely to change, except to expand. As the population grows, there will only be more and more HVAC systems needing replacement or repair. Especially in Florida, where temperatures are warm year-round, workers skilled in maintaining and fixing air conditioning units will always be needed. The job requires skilled workers. Not just anyone can work on HVAC systems without the proper training. This is a skilled trade, which is why those with the right education and training will always be in demand. At FTC you will learn all the skills necessary to install new HVAC or refrigeration systems, make repairs and updates to old systems, and troubleshoot problems. Technologies are changing. Demand continues to grow for skilled HVAC technicians in Pembroke Pines as the technologies that go into these systems develop and become more computerized. FTC’s HVAC program includes training in installing and maintaining PLCs, or programmable logic controllers, the computers used to automate HVAC and refrigeration systems. Equipment is aging. As HVAC technologies change, older equipment becomes obsolete. Homeowners and business owners will continue to need skilled HVAC workers to repair these older systems and to replace them with brand new systems. Consumers better understand the importance of HVAC maintenance. Today’s consumers are more informed than ever about the products and technologies they use. They understand that good maintenance of HVAC and refrigeration systems make them more efficient, save money on energy bills, and contribute less pollution and greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Consumers are more willing than ever to hire the appropriate experts to keep their HVAC systems up and running efficiently.   You can get started now on earning your HVAC diploma from FTC’s Pembroke Pines campus. In just about 12 months you will have learned everything you need to work on HVAC systems, refrigeration systems and programmable logic controllers. You will be ready to start a new career in a field that will always be looking for workers who are skilled and well trained. With a career as an HVAC technician in Pembroke Pines, you can finally get job stability along with interesting daily challenges while earning a good salary.

Why Demand for HVAC Technicians is Growing

Posted on December 4th, 2015 by Nathalie Turotte

If you’re looking for a new career that will be interesting, challenging, and that will give you job stability for the foreseeable future, look no further than HVAC. Technicians skilled in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning repair and installation earn a good living due to high demand. At Florida Technical College (FTC), you can earn a diploma that not only trains you to become an HVAC technician, but also includes the skills needed to work on refrigeration systems and programmable logic controllers. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for the next several years for HVAC technicians is promising. The field is growing faster than most other careers, at a rate of 21 percent through 2022 and beyond. Here’s why HVAC technicians will always be in demand: Everyone has HVAC. In our modern world, almost all buildings, commercial and residential, have HVAC systems and many have refrigeration needs as well. This is something that is unlikely to change, except to expand. As the population grows, there will only be more and more HVAC systems needing replacement or repair. Especially in Florida, where temperatures are warm year-round, workers skilled in maintaining and fixing air conditioning units will always be needed. The job requires skilled workers. Not just anyone can work on HVAC systems without the proper training. This is a skilled trade, which is why those with the right education and training will always be in demand. At FTC you will learn all the skills necessary to install new HVAC or refrigeration systems, make repairs and updates to old systems, and troubleshoot problems. Technologies are changing. Demand continues to grow for skilled HVAC technicians as the technologies that go into these systems develop and become more computerized. FTC’s HVAC program includes training in installing and maintaining PLCs, or programmable logic controllers, the computers used to automate HVAC and refrigeration systems. Equipment is aging. As HVAC technologies change, older equipment becomes obsolete. Homeowners and business owners will continue to need skilled HVAC workers to repair these older systems and to replace them with brand new systems. Consumers better understand the importance of HVAC maintenance. Today’s consumers are more informed than ever about the products and technologies they use. They understand that good maintenance of HVAC and refrigeration systems make them more efficient, save money on energy bills, and contribute less pollution and greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Consumers are more willing than ever to hire the appropriate experts to keep their HVAC systems up and running efficiently.   You can get started now on earning your HVAC diploma from FTC. In just about 12 months you will have learned everything you need to work on HVAC systems, refrigeration systems and programmable logic controllers. You will be ready to start a new career in a field that will always be looking for workers who are skilled and well trained. With a career in HVAC you can finally get job stability along with interesting daily challenges while earning a good salary. RELATED ARTICLES : HVAC/R Career Paths A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You    

HVAC/R Career Paths

Posted on November 23rd, 2015 by Nathalie Turotte

If you get an associate’s degree in HVAC/R, you’re probably thinking of a career as an installer or technician. This is a great way to go — but it’s not the only way. Here are a few ideas of HVAC/R career paths, some of which you may not have considered.   HVAC/R Technician For many graduates, this is the most obvious route and with good reason! It’s a fast-growing job sector with a great outlook. Another great thing about this career path is that there’s always room for learning. Technicians can move their career along by getting certifications from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). It also helps when a technician has taken a few training sessions offered by manufacturers. Here’s an idea of what you’ll be doing as an HVAC/R technician: Reading blueprints to install or repair HVAC/R systems Performing regular equipment maintenance Inspecting equipment for maintenance issues Changing filters on schedule Troubleshooting mechanical problems Performing basic repairs (leaks, etc) Documenting work and hours spent   Green Energy Jobs The world is changing. The U.S. is looking to reduce its dependence on foreign oil and to cut carbon emissions. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems use a lot of energy, so they’re a natural place to consider green energy. Any HVAC/R course will include some discussion of energy efficiency and emissions. But there’s an entire industry sprouting up around green energy, with a wide range of positions. Here are just a few of them: Energy auditor Commercial green building design specialist Residential green building design specialist Green HVAC/R systems maintenance Solar heating system installation and maintenance Geothermal heating system installation and maintenance   It’s important to note that many green energy jobs require additional training or certification, or maybe even another degree, but not all of them. Some companies provide training or tuition reimbursement, as a way of helping good employees advance their careers.   HVAC/R Sales Many don’t realize that there are great opportunities in sales, especially for those with technical knowledge of HVAC/R systems. Many HVAC/R graduates move into sales positions after a few years as a tech in the field. They find that sales can be a rewarding career for motivated people with good interpersonal skills. Salespeople do a lot more than just sweet-talk potential customers. There’s actually a lot to the job. Here’s an idea of what salespeople do in the HVAC industry: Assess client needs Demonstrate company products Work up estimates or quotes Track and follow up with leads Ensure customer satisfaction Assist at trade shows   And More! HVAC/R is an industry unto itself. This means that there are all kinds of jobs related to HVAC/R systems outside of installation, maintenance and sales. For example, some graduates may be interested in pursuing further training in blueprint creation or technical writing. Often there are management positions for qualified personnel with experience. There are jobs with manufacturers and parts distributors in customer service or technical support. Thousands of people are enjoying satisfying careers as technicians. But the industry is so big and so important, that there are tons of opportunities to consider. The first step is to enroll in a quality associate’s degree HVAC/R program, after that? The sky’s the limit! RELATED ARTICLES: Why Demand for HVAC Technicians is Growing A Career In HVAC Is a Fantastic Fit For You