WHAT DO HVAC INSTALLERS DO?
Is it hot in here? Maybe you can do something about it. HVAC installers are comfort controllers, and work with heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. They install, repair, replace and maintain HVAC systems for homes and businesses in many different types of buildings.
HVAC understand how to make buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They understand to control temperature, humidity and use a wide array tools to keep systems working optimally. They may work with water-based units, gas, and more.
Working with air conditioning systems means working with chemicals that must be conserved and disposed of properly, according to Federal law.
HOW MUCH DO HVAC INSTALLERS MAKE?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics points out that in 2010, the median hourly income was $20.45, That's about $42,530 a year.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Because of increasing complexity, employers look for people who have at least a secondary degree from a trade school or community college in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration.
Certification for specific competencies can be obtained, and will help you in your job search. Licensing is also required in some states.
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: Many HVAC installers need to work directly with homeowners and building owners, maintenance workers and more. Being friendly and approachable and a good communicator is a needed skill.
- Attention to Detail: HVAC systems can be precise mechanisms. Careful observation is needed.
- Dexterity: HVAC installers need good manual dexterity to manipulate small parts and reach into small spaces.
- Mechanical Skills: HVAC installers work with complicated machines. Understanding the pieces and tools needed to maintain and install these machines is crucial.
- Strength: HVAC installers need strength to lift heavy parts and and equipment.
- Time-Management: HVAC installers make a lot of house calls. Being able to schedule jobs and keep timely appointments is important to getting repeat work.
- Troubleshooting: There are many parts within HVAC systems. Being able to ascertain the root cause of a problem and test solutions is important.
THE FUTURE OF HVAC INSTALLERS
HVAC installer jobs are hot! the BLS states that these jobs will grow 34% between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the average job.