What you need to know to become a HVAC Tech
If you’re good at fixing things, enjoy working with your hands, and are looking for a job that’s always in demand (especially here in Texas), a career as an HVAC Technician may be perfect for you. You’ll get the satisfaction of helping people stay safe and comfortable, the opportunity to work on different projects in different settings, and you’ll have a rewarding and secure job to help you support yourself and your family. Still, there is a process you’ll need to go through if you want to become an HVAC Technician. The good news is that, unlike some other careers, you won’t need to spend four years or more in a classroom to get there. Here’s what you need to know to become a HVAC Tech:
Earn a High School Degree or GED
High school students can help prepare for an HVAC Technician position by taking vocational tech classes, shop classes in plumbing, basic electronics, or electric work, and studying physics and math. You’ll need your degree so you can move on to a trade school training program.
Complete Tech Training
Do your research and find an HVAC training program that best suits your needs in terms of cost, time demands, flexible schedules, location, etc. Diploma or certificate programs provide you with hands-on training to become an HVAC Technician, and can often be completed in less than a year. There are also 2-year Associate Degrees, 4-year Bachelor’s degrees available, and continuing education classes you can take after you’ve embarked on your career.
Get Real World Experience
Employers obviously prefer employees who have some real-world experience, which is why it’s important to land an apprenticeship. Offered by contractors and/or associations, apprenticeships usually last for 5-10 weeks in the DFW area and may involve academic coursework along with on-the-job training. Some apprenticeships come with a stipend.
Get Licensed and Certified
Every state has different requirements for HVAC professionals regarding licensing and certifications. For example, here in Texas, technicians need a TDLR license. To handle refrigerants, HVAC techs are required to hold an EPA certification. Check your state’s requirements and be sure to apply/test for the proper certifications and licenses so you are legally qualified to work as an HVAC tech.
Launch an Exciting New Career
Once you’ve completed these steps, you’ll be ready for one of the coolest careers around. If you’ve been working to become an HVAC Technician and are looking for a great place to work, Advent Air is hiring! Click here to view our open positions and apply today!