Training program for commercial, residential, and residential HVAC installations to certify students in HVAC Installation in preparation for apprenticeship, jobs, contracts, and professional career paths.
There is a great need in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas to train men and women in electrical technology via an accelerated program where they quickly become certified without compromising the quality of training.
The potential job paths of an HVAC technician are boundless. A technician could choose employment with electrical contractors, real estate developers, make day-to-day house calls, or even work government contracting.
The most common workplaces for technicians, however, are factories, office buildings, schools, and hospitals.
Choosing one’s areas of specialization can influence a technician’s career path in an incredibly unique way. By choosing to specialize in any combinations of HVAC/R training, you become increasingly suited to tackle specific, difficult tasks, making you a highly sought after member of this workforce.
Also, workers will be able to enter into the high demand workforce equipped with the most up-to-date skills as technology is now moving at a fast pace.
EPA 608 Certification
A required certification for those technicians working with any type of refrigerant containers. You legally would not be allowed to purchase any necessary equipment without the EPA 608 Certification.
Type I Certification
Allows technicians the capability of servicing small appliances such as vending machines, air conditioners and domestic refrigerators.
Type II Certification
Necessary if the HVAC technician is to be allowed to service and dispose of equipment with high-pressure refrigerants such as large air conditioners, heat pumps and supermarket and industrial refrigeration.
Type III Certification
Mandatory for HVAC technicians whose primary focus is on low-pressure refrigerants which includes chillers.
EPA Universal Certification
Recommended in order to work on all the types of HVAC equipment. The EPA Universal Certifications opens up a wider variety of opportunities and the holder of the certificate is more marketable whether they were to start their own company or work within a firm.
NATE Certification (“North American Technician Excellence”)
The preeminent and most highly recognized HVAC certification. It is not a requirement to become NATE certified but, due to the rigorous exams in place, the technician is more specialized and knowledgeable in the field.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
The statistics for HVAC technicians are especially optimistic.
Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVACR technicians.
Repair and replacement of HVACR systems is a large part of what technicians do. The growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is likely to increase the demand for HVACR technicians as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely.
In 2017, the median annual pay for all technicians in the United States was $47,080. The median hourly wage was estimated to be $22.64. The number of available jobs in 2016 was 332,900, and that figure is projected to grow exponentially in the next twelve years (by 15% in fact!). That’s an additional 48,000 jobs.
If you’re struggling to decide whether an HVAC technician’s career path is right for you, take a moment to consider the following:
With proper technical certification, you would possess the market ready, in demand skill set necessary to write your own ticket. You may decide to start your own entreprenurial endevor, or to join in a partnership with one or more trusted professionals. You may even prefer to enjoy the benefits of working for someone else.
As an HVAC professional, you possess the freedom to set, and accept, your own hours and to choose how to build your business.
You would be joining a workforce with minimal competition as the field is not nearly as saturated as other trade-oriented professions.
Additionally, there are a growing number of opportunies for women within the HVAC industry.