Bright Future Awaits People Pursuing HVAC Careers by William Hauselberg

Homes, offices and buildings will always need some form of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) in order to make people inside these structures as comfortable as possible regardless of the weather outside. People will suffer from too much cold during winter without a heating system and they, too, will experience extreme heat during the summer without an air conditioning unit. Thankfully, we have devices that solve these problems and we have HVAC technicians who are there to help install, maintain and repair these systems when they bog down.

And so it is a reality that HVAC careers are one of the most sought after these days all over the United States including Phoenix, Arizona. The U.S. Labor Bureau confirms careers in HVAC are experiencing rapid growth and will continue to do so in the future. Job opportunities in this field are said to be growing faster than average and the trend is seen to go on until 2012. In the year 2002 alone, nearly 250,000 technicians were involved in heating, air conditioning and refrigeration jobs with half of them working as heating and cooling contractors. In 2006, the number increased to 292,000 with 55 percent working as plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractors.

Looking into the future, the employment rate for HVAC technicians is forecast to go up by nine percent for the period 2006 to 2016. This is attributed to the mushrooming of buildings and population growth resulting in a higher demand for heating and air conditioning systems for homes, commercial structures and industries. This great opportunity is available not only for HVAC installers and mechanics but for service technicians as well who are skilled in repairing malfunctioning devices. Not all mechanical and electrical devices are perfect and they do encounter problems from time to time due to a variety of factors.

Technical skills are still highly important and they will always be needed especially in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Normally, the skills needed in this career are on mechanical, electrical and electronics such as the ducts, fans, motors, pipes and thermostats. An HVAC technician with the proper training should be able to diagnose a problem, provide maintenance and fix any part of the system through adjustments and tests. To be considered a qualified technician, one has to possess a license as required by some states and certification. Both of these requirements entail the taking of exams to determine a technician's competency in handling different types of equipment.

An important point, though, is that while initial technical school training or a formal apprenticheship may be sufficient for an individual to pursue an HVAC career, enhancement training is also recommended. This is to upgrade one's skills and learn new techniques in response to the ever advancing technology. Advancement would also mean taking on a higher position such as supervisor or service manager. Additional training may be availed of on the internet through the online schools or through the brick and mortar technical or trade schools and institutes that offer various HVAC courses such as on refrigeration. Be sure as well to choose only an accredited technical school from where to get your complete training.

The Refrigeration School, Inc. offers comprehensive career training through refrigeration and AZ AC Program classes for a successful career in the HVAC industry.

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