No matter how the style, usage and materials change in buildings, there will always be the need for heating technicians in Lacey, especially in the winter and AC technicians durring the hotter days of summer. The wide variety and complication of systems requires certain knowledge to maintain and install them.
If you’re looking for a dependable and lucrative career, being an HVAC technician makes good dollars and sense. As either a self-employed contractor or as part of a larger company, the business of heating, venting and air-conditioning homes, businesses and institutions is sure to be always available.
Areas of Focus
Depending on the interests of the individual, there are various ways to be involved with HVAC systems. Some choose to participate only in the initial stages of designing, estimating and selling systems to the customer. Others focus on the installation while still others are only involved with the regular maintenance and service of existing systems.
An independent sub-contractor may need to be expert in all areas of HVAC systems where a team of technicians can concentrate on their selected interests.
The Road to Certification
HVAC refers to many different kinds of systems powered by numerous different types of energy. Improvements in the technology create an ever changing fast paced body of required knowledge. Experience is the best teacher but cannot alone keep technicians up to date.
Most certification programs are based on three to four year apprenticeships combining on the job training with classroom lessons. In community colleges and vocational tech schools, a shorter period is required, only two years for an associate degree that teaches the basics of repair and maintenance as well as air conditioner installations.
No matter which way you choose, final certification is given by either the North American Technician Excellence program or the Air Conditioning Excellence Coalition. With an official certification in the HVAC field, prospects for better employment and higher wages are nearly guaranteed.
What to Learn
HVAC systems are very technical and full of details. Installation and maintenance of the systems requires many skills, including working with different kinds of piping, motors, pumps, compressors, ductwork, screens and filters. You learn the difference between boilers and furnaces, refrigerators, coolers and air-conditioners.
There is so much variety and detail to learn that many individuals choose to focus primarily one or several areas instead of trying to be fully expert about all parts. No matter the focus, an HVAC tech has opened the door to a satisfying career and steady income. Please call Bob’s Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.