While most homeowners may feel comfortable changing their furnace’s air filters and cleaning the area around their outside units, there’s a limit to DIY heating and A/C fixes. When you call on Heating Specialties of South Jersey, you’re reaching out to some of the best-trained Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) professionals in the state.
HVACR technology has become increasingly more complicated, so you want only trained techs taking care of your home comfort needs. HVACR techs undergo a rigorous training program to earn an HVACR license. Let’s look at what it takes to join this growing profession.
What do HVACR technicians need to learn?
HVACR techs must have a working knowledge of how HVAC works and the machinery behind it. Necessary HVACR skills include:
- Soldering pipes
- Temperature and heat flow
- Refrigeration cycles
- Condensers, compressors, and evaporators
- Safety protocols
- HVACR-related software
Many of these basics are learned through hands-on training at a training school or on-the-job apprenticeship.
How are HVACR technicians trained?
New Jersey requires all HVACR technicians to be at least 18 years old and hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Training options vary, with some future techs opting for a classroom setting and others preferring to complete an apprenticeship before earning a Master HVACR contractor license.
Here are four options to consider if you’re thinking about an HVACR career:
Option 1: Complete a four-year apprenticeship in HVACR, followed by one year as a journeyperson under a licensed Master HVACR contractor.
Option 2: Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in HVACR from an accredited college, followed by a year of journeyperson experience.
Option 3: Earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in a subject related to HVACR from an accredited college, followed by three years of journeyperson experience.
Option 4: Earn a two-year degree from an accredited trade or community school, a two-year apprenticeship, and one year of journeyperson experience.
These options offer interested parties a chance to learn both in the classroom and on the job, working under the supervision of a licensed contractor.
What is the outlook for the HVACR profession?
Heating Specialties is always looking for the best heating and cooling technicians in New Jersey. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 5% between now and 2031. HVACR technicians earn an average of $48,630 annually, although this number can be larger or smaller depending on where people practice and their experience. Check out our career page for more information.
If you need heating and A/C repairs, installation, or service from expert techs in South Jersey, call Heating Specialties now at (866) 923-2653 or schedule an appointment online. With Heating Specialties, it will be “fixed right, guaranteed!”