Why this fast-growing field could be your next career path
When you come home after a long day at work, comfort is key. As cooler weather sweeps into New England, many homeowners will be turning to local heating and air conditioning specialists for maintenance on their home units.
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians are some of the most in-demand jobs nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 14% and add 39,600 jobs to the national workforce by 2024, much higher than the average for other fields.
So, what do you need to know before starting your future career as an HVACR technician?
What does an HVACR technician do?
HVACR technicians are responsible for installing and maintaining HVACR systems to ensure comfortable indoor temperatures and air quality. One of the main parts of an HVACR’s job is to repair and replace systems. As energy-saving technology advances, most machines require replacement after 10 to 15 years.
Is HVACR right for me?
Do you love to solve problems or work with your hands? Working in the HVACR field may be a perfect fit. Since you’ll be working with tools and on maintenance for systems as part of the job, you’ll need to have a background in mechanical skills. Not every system is the same, and because of that, you will have to put your problem-solving skills to the test and be open to challenges. When making your appointments, you will also have to be an open communicator with good customer service skills.
Career paths offer variety
HVACR careers offer flexibility in that you can choose to specialize on residential systems in apartments and homes, or you can focus on working on large-scale systems in facilities like business centers, warehouses or hospitals. Although the basic type of work remains the same, there’s plenty of opportunity to find the right-sized environment for you.
Learn from industry experts
Students enrolled in our HVACR program at our Porter and Chester Institute campuses are taught by dedicated instructors who have spent years working in the field. By absorbing their practical knowledge, you will learn about advancements in the field that employers are seeking, as well as what you should expect once you begin working in the field.
Not only are the instructors connected with the local community, but some are highly regarded by their peers nationally: Rocky Hill HVACR Education Supervisor Berkley Little was named Instructor of the Year by the Oil & Energy Service Professionals earlier this year.
If you think you’re ready for a future as an HVACR technician, then schedule a visit today to get more information on how you can start your career by learning at Porter and Chester Institute.