Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/HVACR) technicians can work in private homes, commercial offices, industrial complexes, or any other type of building. Because HVAC systems include both mechanical and electrical parts that range from motors to pumps, ducts, and thermostats, career training is required for this in-demand job.
Career Training in HVAC Technology
While technicians usually focus on either installation or repair work, they typically train in both areas. Degrees are available at vocational and trade schools, community colleges, from the Armed Forces and even via distance learning. Additional training often comes in the form of apprenticeships. You'll learn about the components and construction of HVACR systems, temperature control, electronics, and how to read blueprints. Some states require HVAC technicians to have a license, but the requirements and exam content varies widely.