If things have been running hot and cold in your life lately, maybe you should consider a career in HVAC. Here's how to get a job.
- Step 1: Keep your computer skills up to date. As new computer-controlled HVAC systems come on line, there will be increased demand for workers with computer competence.
- Step 2: Keep learning new techniques focused on improving energy efficiency. Concern about the environment and the need to reduce energy consumption are leading to the development of new energy saving heating and air conditioning systems.
- FACT: Willis Carrier patented the first air conditioner in 1902.
- TIP: Don't rule out self-employment. About 16 percent of those employed in this industry are self-employed.
- Step 3: Consider employment with a plumbing, heating, or air conditioning contractor. In 2008, the majority -- about 54 percent -- of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers worked for these kinds of employers.
- Step 4: Consider a specialization in maintenance and repair work. Employment in this specialty is expected to remain stable, even as opportunities in installation slack off.
- Step 5: Acquire an HVAC license by completing the requirements in your state. Contact your state's bureau of construction codes for more information.
- Step 6: Acquire HVAC training from an accredited trade school or complete an apprenticeship. The job prospects for those with this background are promising.