Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)
WANTED: We need you! An additional 20,000 technicians and installers are needed each year to work in a fast-paced, ever-growing, multi-billion dollar industry. A job in the air conditioning, heating, refrigeration and plumbing industry offers variety, job security, respect, upward mobility, great salary, life long employment, and opportunity. HVACR employment can take you just about anyplace in the world.
Where do people in the HVACR industry work?
- Sports arenas
- Shopping malls
- Theaters Office and apartment buildings
- Private homes
- Grocery stores
- Industrial plants
What do people in the HVACR industry do?
- Contractors/Business owners: Combine technical and entrepreneurial skills to communicate and assess customer needs and appropriate technical solutions. Technicians: Install, maintain, service and repair HVACR equipment that provides indoor comfort and essential cooling processes both in the home and workplace.
- Designers: Use sophisticated computer aided design (CAD) techniques and technical knowledge to design and maintain HVACR systems. Plumbers: Install and repair pipes that cary water, waste, drainage, and natural gas to buildings. They cut, bend and join pipes; and they install fixtures and appliances, such as bathtubs, toilets, dishwashers and water heaters. Pipefitters: Work on large industrial piping systems that cary steem, gases and chemicals that supply power, heating or refrigeration.
- Sales and Marketing: Experts rely on creativity to sell and market HVACR systems to businesses and homeowners.
- Engineers: Ensure that HVACR products are built to and perform to specification before, during and after they are built and installed.
- Research and Development: Professionals work on constantly improving our heating and cooling equipment, as well as rating and testing new models.
- Inspectors: Are employed to ensure that standards and regulations are adhered to as stated by local codes or government agencies.
To get started in the HVACR field, you should enroll in the following courses in high school:
- Computer Applications
- CAD - Computer-Aided Design
- Business Sales and Marketing Air Conditioning
- Math - Algebra and Geometry
- Sheet Metal
- Mechanical Drawing
- Blueprint reading
The stronger the training, the greater the chances for advancement in the field. Either taking HVACR courses in high school or once you get out of high school in a post secondary HVACR training program either public or private.
Scholarships & Loans:
Most schools can help you finance your education with scholarships and loan packages.
Look for programs with high rates of job placement. Often they can find jobs for 100% of their HVACR graduates, at starting salaries ranging from $25,000 to $35,000, depending on the applicant's experience and job location.
How bright is the future in the HVACR industry?
Very bright! Technical jobs are the fastest growing segment of the economy! A secure future awaits you!
Jobs in the $150 billion-a-year HVACR industry are predicted to increase into the 21st Century, as demand grows for industrial, commercial, and residential climate control systems. To maintain or replace older comfort systems, additional new jobs will be created.
The HVACR industry offers well-paying jobs, ranging from $25,000 - $100,000 a year. Sales and business HVACR jobs offer similar compensation. The growing demand for CAD (computer-aided design) specialists has led to higher salaries, often beginning at $40,000 per year.
If you need any additional information or have any questions, feel free to contact:
Department Head, Instructor HVAC