HVAC Trade School
HVAC training schools aim to teach you a high in-demand trade that is fairly simple and down to earth. With many trades, experience is key. It will take time to learn and master the trade to be proficient in it. I actually grew up in a home with HVAC skills. I have personally worked on job sites and learned the ropes of the Heating and Cooling Industy doing Residential and Commercial jobs. Personally I never had any true training besides learning from someone who was very skilled and had many years of experience in the field. You can go different routes doing installs or more on the service side and becoming a technician. The service side is were the schooling will come in handy. Learning different systems and troubleshooting can be in depth and I would recommend getting schooling and training if you choose to become a technician. HVAC schools help people like you tap in to an industry that has a variety of options once you learn the techniques and processes.
HVAC stand for Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning. HVAC can be installed in homes, offices, apartment buildings, malls, and other structures and helps us live indoors comfortably without worries of what is going on in the outside world. In addition to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, there is another part of HVAC that is more modern. That is HVAC/R, where the R stands for refrigeration. This is another part of the Heating and Cooling Industry and would be something covered in depth if you chose to take classes and schooling.
The taks for a professional HVAC Technician can vary day to day depending on the contracted job. This can entail anything from installing units to basic repair and maintenance. There can and probably will be days you do many different job activities to complete one project at a job site. Here are a list of some of the things that you may run across in this profession:
- Installing air conditioners, furnace and heat pump units
- Installing ductwork and trunk lines that circulate the air throughout a building or space
- Reading blueprints and coordinating with other contractors on the plans of the blueprints. Sometimes you have to change plans and adapt to all other skill trades if the prints show conflicting areas
- Running electrical wiring and controls
- Perform maintenance on different pieces of equipment, checking for leaks, adjusting blower motors and burners, and checking thermostats, electrical circuits, and other unit components
- Solving issues and repairing problems that are found in any part of the HVAC system
- Adjusting the controls of a system and recommending appropriate settings
- Running tests on the furnace, heat pump, air conditioning unit or other piece of equipment to ensure that it performs at maximum efficiency
- Testing for carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide to ensure a customer’s equipment is operating safely
- Selling service contracts or replacement equipment to customers
Many schools will teach you everything you know and the price can vary as low as $2,000 to $35,000. Some schools also may have you take different certifications and help you in the process of getting licensed. There are different certifications that you are able to get for the industry and getting licenced is something that you would definitely need to look into if you were wanting to take your skills learned and start up your own Heating and Cooling Company
One of the Schools we recommend are Brightwood College. They have an extensive Heating,Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Program that is worth looking into.