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The Beginner’s Guide to a Career in HVAC: Choosing an HVAC School

Posted on March 17th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

A career in HVAC presents great opportunities for anyone willing to train and learn how to install, repair, and maintain heating, cooling, and ventilation systems. The construction industry in the U.S. took a hit during the recession, but has been rebounding in recent years. According to statistics and forecasts, new construction is expected to grow and keep growing for many years to come, which means that there will continue to be a need for trained workers who graduated from an HVAC school.   It’s not just new construction that makes this an enticing industry. HVAC systems are not designed to last forever. There is always a need for maintenance, repair, and installation of new systems, so for someone going to HVAC school to learn these skills, the future is bright and includes a lot of job stability. If you like to work with your hands, think on your feet, problem solve, work with people but also be self-directed, and you like to do work that people appreciate and that you can actually see in front of you when you’re finished, HVAC is a great option.   Choosing an HVAC School – First Know What You’re Getting Into Before you actually get to the part where you choose a school, it makes sense to understand just what it will mean to get trained in HVAC and to enter this industry. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and many skilled workers in this field are also trained in refrigeration and programmable logic controllers (PLC).   Technicians trained at an HVAC school are usually prepared to work on systems in both residential and commercial settings, but it may take a few years of on-the-job experience to work up from a residential to a commercial technician. As an HVAC technician your job could include installing new systems, repairing existing systems, and performing routine maintenance to help keep older systems running well. Technicians usually work for a company, but mostly work independently throughout the day and are responsible for decision making on the ground. Every day is typically in a new location with a new problem to solve, so this is not a job for someone who wants to sit in an office and do the same thing day after day.   When you choose to train to be an HVAC technician you can expect to get into an industry that is growing. It’s a smart choice if you want a career with skills that will always be in demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), HVAC careers are growing at a rate of 14 percent, much faster than average, overall job growth. The BLS also records the average annual salary for an HVAC technician as $45,110. For workers with more experience and specialties, the salary can be significantly greater than the average.   Are You Ready for HVAC School? Now that you know a little more about what it means to work in HVAC, are you ready to choose a school to get your training? To be an HVAC technician it is important to understand that you need training, but there are also characteristics of your abilities and personality that will make you more likely to succeed in the field. For instance you need to be able to be physically active and stand on your feet for much of the day. This isn’t an office job. You also need to have good customer service skills, an ability to troubleshoot and make independent decisions, and good time management. You also need to be prepared to spend a little over a year training and earning a diploma at an HVAC school.   Choosing the Best HVAC School to Meet Your Needs If you have made it this far and are still excited about HVAC, you’re ready to start figuring out where to go to school. This is an important step to take because your HVAC school will teach you what you need to know to work in the field, should help you find an apprenticeship or a job, and will be the place you spend the next 12 to 18 months of your life.   Choose a Quality HVAC School. This goes without saying, but how do you know a school is a quality school or that you will get a quality education? One of the easiest ways to know that you are choosing a good school that will serve you well is to make sure it is accredited. Accreditation is a process that some schools go through to prove that they provide a valuable education for the money students pay.   Accrediting agencies are independent organizations that spend years looking into a school to be sure it meets all requirements and provides the kind of education it promises its students. FTC is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the Florida Department of Education Commission for Independent Education. If an HVAC school is not accredited, take a pass.   You Want an HVAC School that Provides Full Training. HVAC systems are only getting more complicated and more technical. Don’t settle for an HVAC school that has not kept up with the times. Training alone is no longer enough in the field of HVAC. You want a school that will also train you in refrigeration repair and installation, as well as PLC. FTC’s diploma program for HVAC includes both so that you get a complete, well-rounded education in HVAC/R and PLC. Look for Small, Hands-On Classes, Not Big Lecture Halls. HVAC maintenance, repair and installation are skills. These are not academic concepts. Although you will need to learn some theory, which may be taught lecture style, what you really want to look for in an HVAC school is the chance to get your hands dirty. You want small classes, plenty of one-on-one time with instructors, the chance to collaborate with and learn from other students, and most of all the kind of training […]

5 Reasons to Hire an HVAC Professional

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Running a home or business involves a lot of responsibilities including maintaining and fixing multiples things, like the air conditioning unit. Hiring an HVAC expert to take care of it, is your best course of action. The reasons to hire and HVAC pro are many: safety, time, peace of mind, certified skills and knowing local code requirements. 1. Safety: Hiring someone who is a certified HVAC will provide the most secure option to deal with your unit. HVAC systems utilize potentially dangerous gasses in order to keep your house or office within the right temperature. If you personally are not trained in how to handle these components, it is not worth the risk of harming yourself or your family members. 2. Time: Time is money. Running a house or business is time-consuming with so many things to be constantly thinking about. As a homeowner/business owner, you don’t have the time to think about the repair and maintenance of the HVAC. You don’t have too. By hiring an HVAC specialist, you will be saving yourself the unnecessary time on trying to maintain or fix it yourself. 3. Peace of mind: Hiring an HVAC alleviates the stress of dealing with a heating or cooling emergency. HVAC units tend not to follow the weather patterns for when to break down and stop working. Extreme temperatures on either side can be worrisome for the condition of the home and its inhabitants. An HVAC specialist is available 24/7 will give you peace of mind. With quality services and a proven track record, you can rest at night knowing that your system is working at full efficiency. 4. Certified skills: Choosing a contractor who has been certified is always the best choice. When you’re looking for someone to install or repair your unit, you do not simply want to go with the lowest priced option. After all, this system will be in your home or business for years, and a poorly installed system can lead to costly repairs, not to mention leaving you freezing cold during the winter or super-hot during the summer times. Choosing a contractor who is certified helps to ensure that your heating or cooling system is being repaired by someone who has already been through rigorous training to ensure they have the necessary skills to keep your HVAC system in tip-toe shape. 5. Local requirements: Only those who regularly work with central air conditioning systems are up-to-date on the various safety concerns and local laws and ordinances regarding proper AC installation. An HVAC understands the needs of both residential and business customers, how to keep them safe with their new AC system, and how to most successfully meet the requirements laid out by city and state governments. Florida Technical College HVAC with PLC diploma graduates have learned the necessary skills to perform an excellent job with the units. If you are interested in learning more about this trade program visit us at FTC. Keep a clear mind when making the decision of which HVAC repair service company to hire. Remember, hiring one is already a good decision. By Jose Luis Dieppa