HVAC/R as a Career

Looking to start an HVAC career? As an HVAC/R technician, you may work for a small family-owned business or a large company. Your job title might be:

  • HVAC/R Technician
  • HVAC/R Installer
  • HVAC/R Mechanic

Depending on your HVAC career path, you may specialize in a certain type of equipment, such as solar panels, commercial refrigeration, or water-based (hydronic) heating systems. You may work with complex system components, which could require the use of high-tech tools, such as carbon monoxide testers, combustion analyzers, and acetylene torches. Whatever the case, your training at Branford Hall will prepare you with the technical skills you need to excel in this high-demand field.

Professional Environment

HVAC/R technicians work in any location that requires temperature control, so you might work in homes, schools, stores, hospitals, office buildings, shopping malls, factories, or restaurants. HVAC/R technicians are required in many industries. As an HVAC technician, you might work for:

  • Large corporate HVAC/R companies
  • Family-owned HVAC/R companies
  • Plumbing, heating, and cooling companies
  • Builders
  • General Contractors

Employment Outlook

Details on the job outlook for HVAC/R technicians can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. According to this handbook, employment of HVAC/R mechanics and installers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. The handbook states, “Rising demand for trained technicians will result in excellent employment opportunities.”

Earnings/Salary for an HVAC Career

The earnings of HVAC/R technicians across the country differ based on the employees’ years of experience, level of skills, and geographic location. Entry-level technicians typically earn less than more experienced ones. But as you gain more on-the-job experience and perform satisfactorily in your job, you can expect your salary to increase over time. More details on salary trends among HVAC/R technicians can be found in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

HVAC/R and Certification

While taking a certification exam is not required for students of the HVAC/R program, earning a certification gives you credibility and marketability. We encourage graduates of the program to take the EPA certification exam (Type I, II, III, and Universal). Depending on your campus and your career focus, you may be eligible to take other certification exams as well. Earning a certification will give you the added advantage of entering your new job field with proven skills.

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