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Career Information: HVAC / Heating and Refrgeration Mechanic / Technician


Specialty HVAC / Heating and Refrgeration Mechanic / Technician

Official Resource ACCA http://www.acca.org

Short Definition
HVAC is an abbreviation for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC Contractors specialize in the installation and maintenance of furnaces, boilers, heat pumps and central air conditioners.

Expanded Information
HVAC Technicians are one of the fastest-growing segment of the economy. With no possibility of "offshoring," the HVACR industry offers a secure, well-paying future to men and women who enjoy a technical challenge.

Jobs in the $150 billion-a-year HVACR industry are predicted to increase into the 21st Century, as demand grows for industrial, commercial, and residential climate control systems. To maintain or replace older comfort systems, additional new jobs will be created. HVACR career salaries range from $25,000 - $100,000 a year. Sales and business HVACR jobs offer similar compensation. The growing demand for CAD (computer-aided design) specialists has led to higher salaries, often beginning at $40,000 per year.

To get started, you should take the following courses in high school:

Computer Applications
CAD (Computer-Aided Design)
Business
Sales and Marketing
Air Conditioning
Math - algebra and geometry
Sheet Metal
Electricity/electronics
Mechanical Drawing
Blueprint reading

The stronger your training, the greater your chance for advancement.

Move forward in the HVACR industry by either taking HVACR courses in high school or, once you get out of high school, in a public or private post secondary HVACR training program.

Source: http://www.furnacecompare.com/faq/definitions/hvac_contractor.html
http://www.acca.org