Starting a Career in the HVAC Industry
With the cost of four-year degrees on the rise, many people are considering careers in the trades. HVAC, also known as heating, ventilation and air conditioning, is an industry that can offer steady work at a good salary to motivated individuals. In addition, no four-year degree is needed to enter this field.
Understanding Licensing Requirements
Not all states require HVAC technicians to be licensed, although those who work with refrigerants must hold federal certification to ensure safe handling of these chemicals. Missouri happens to be one of the states that do not require licensing. However, many municipalities throughout the state do, and the need for local registration is common.
Training for an HVAC Career
There are different ways of training for an HVAC career. Apprenticeship is the most traditional. As an apprentice, you would work with an experienced HVAC technician and learn how to evaluate, install and repair HVAC systems through a hands-on approach. In addition, you may be required to take classroom courses to augment your on-the-job training.
Other options include enrolling in a standardized program at a trade school or community college. Earning a degree or certification will give you a leg up in the industry, and a formal educational setting may also provide business courses that could be useful in furthering your career.
Many people begin their careers as technicians working with residential and commercial customers to maintain and install systems. Over time, new opportunities may arise. For example, many technicians move into management positions where they train, supervise and schedule technicians and other employees.
Others choose to go into sales. These HVAC professionals speak with potential clients on the phone and in person. They explain repair procedures and installation agreements, provide estimates and arrange maintenance contracts.
Renaud Brothers Heating & Cooling in Wentzville provides HVAC services to clients throughout St. Charles County and the surrounding areas. These services include heating and cooling installation, repair and maintenance as well as indoor air quality and humidification evaluations and solutions. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in our industry, we’d be happy to discuss it with you. You can also call us today with any indoor comfort issues you may have.