The Pros & Cons of Becoming an HVAC Technician
A career that solves a problem is one that will always be valued and needed. If you are interested in a growing career that lets you work with your hands and that affects how people work and live, look no further than a career in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). At UEI you can complete your HVAC technician training in as few as 11 months, with a practical and convenient program that will prepare you to handle the ups and downs, and pros and cons of this exciting career.
PROS OF BECOMING AN HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIAN
As an HVAC technician, every day is an opportunity to solve problems for people in their homes and offices. As a technician, you will look at why the system isn’t working, and determine the best way to repair it using the mechanical skills, technical skills, and practical experience you gained during your training.
Refrigerators, heating systems, and air conditioners remain standard features in residential and commercial facilities, including new construction. The uptick in service contracts that stabilize HVAC workloads and maintenance are also helping to ensure ongoing work for HVAC technicians with specialized skills.
Hands-On, Practical Work
Working as an HVAC technician is great for those who like to work with their hands. You won’t have to be chained to a desk staring at a computer when you are working in this chosen field. Instead, you will be in the middle of the action, ensuring the comfort of customers in their homes or offices. HVAC field experience can differ every day depending on the client and season.
HVAC work is always in demand. Systems are used daily in countless commercial and residential buildings, and trained professionals are needed to keep them all up and running. As an HVAC technician, you may have the flexibility to work and live nearly anywhere you desire.
CONS OF WORKING AS AN HVAC TECHNICIAN
Being an HVAC technician often means after-hours and weekend work, with heavier workloads during summer and winter. Many heating and cooling companies offer 24-hour emergency service, so technicians may be sent on service calls in the middle of the night or on a weekend or holiday. Be prepared to have weird hours.
Physically Demanding Work
HVAC technicians may need to perform difficult manual work outdoors, occasionally in bad weather. Some technicians may find it challenging to spend 40 or more hours each week performing strenuous labor such as removing/replacing a furnace, or working in a confined space in the hot climate or cold weather.
Ongoing Education Requirements/Opportunities
We’d call this one a joint pro/con: HVAC technicians are never done learning. As technology evolves, HVAC systems will also evolve. As new and better systems become available, you will need to continue to follow developments in the field and remain aware of changes and improvements that affect how service is performed.
If a career in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning sounds like something that interests you, consider UEI’s HVAC Training Program. The hands-on experience using real-world tools lets you focus on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in the field, and prepares you for a future that will make you proud. Dedicated industry-expert instructors, faculty, and staff will ensure that you are made to feel comfortable, confident, and ready to pursue your goals. Get started now: on-going enrollment means that there is no waitlist and a new class will be starting soon at one of our campuses near you.
*Length varies by program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. UEI does not promise or guarantee employment to any student or graduate.