HVAC: How to Gain Experience in an Evolving Career Field

What it takes to get a foothold in the industry

On the surface, HVAC/R (i.e., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration) might seem like a position consumed with installing and maintaining reliable ventilation systems. And it is. But the field has also expanded over the years to include opportunities for innovation, consultation, and even environmental sustainability.

Branford Hall’s HVAC/R career training program focuses on providing students with the foundation they’ll need to pursue an everyday living as an HVAC specialist, whether that means pursuing a personal client list or going to work for a company that’s expanding into new areas of the industry.

The goal in either case is to gain an understanding of how ventilation systems operate and which tools – or parts – to use in any situation. Over time, Branford HVAC graduates may also be in a position to offer solutions that will minimize costs while maximizing efficiency. It’s a delicate balance, and the more successful an HVAC specialist is at achieving it, the more valuable he or she will become to a potential employer, or client.

Learn more about the day-to-day

Think about it like this: wherever there’s a piece of equipment or a structure that requires temperature control, there will also be an occasional need for an HVAC specialist. HVAC professionals are trained to install new systems, conduct preventative maintenance, fix or replace malfunctioning components, and suggest technical upgrades that will improve a system’s functionality.

A lot of HVAC pros spend their days traveling from location to location, handling jobs that range from unblocking a clogged filter to testing the air quality of an entire cooling system. Some professionals may even develop a specialty, depending on the clients they deal with or the local area they serve.

The many benefits of ‘going green’

One of the concerns today’s developers rely on HVAC specialists to help them with is environmental sustainability. Federal agencies (e.g., the EPA and OSHA) have pushed for legislation that requires most buildings to be more eco-friendly. As a result, experienced HVAC specialists are often brought in during the planning stages of a construction project. Their role is to ensure any proposed ventilation is reliable, environmentally stable, and that it meets any necessary regulations or codes.

Branford Hall’s HVAC/R program helps students learn more about HVAC planning by way of  training courses that cover commercial ventilation design and installation, along with how to monitor and improve indoor air quality. Students may also have the option to pursue completing an externship prior to graduation, so they can gain some relevant experience in the field.

Do you think a career in HVAC/R might be a fit for you? Contact Branford Hall to schedule a tour or request more information.