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September 14, 2000
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This page may seem familiar to many loyal News readers. The Tech Page faded away last year, but now it is back. Why? The industry is in need of exposure more than ever before.

Each year, almost 20,000 technicians are needed in the hvacr industry. According to VICA, 229,000 individuals will be needed to fill positions in the industry between 1997–2007.

The hvacr industry is offering more opportunity than ever before, offering competitive wages and ample opportunity for advancement.

The News hopes the new Tech Page can be a valuable tool in spreading interest for our industry.

In fact, we hope the page can be a resource for current students in the industry and as a refresher course for the veterans. So get the word out, pass this page on, and let everyone know what the industry has to offer.

    DESIGNER:
Designs all types of hvacr equipment and systems for installation in various buildings and structures.

    ENGINEER:
Ensures that hvacr products and systems are built correctly and perform properly. An engineer may oversee a project or work as a consultant to make sure construction is successful.

    RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT:
Tests new products to see if they are working up to standard. Also, helps to improve products and rate new models.

    INSPECTOR:
Makes sure that hvacr systems have been designed and installed to the correct standards.

    PIPEFITTER:
Maintains industrial piping systems that carry chemicals, gases, and steam for heating and refrigeration systems.

    INSTRUCTOR:
One of the most important positions in the hvacr industry. The instructor must educate individuals at every stage of their career. They are especially needed to explain the basics to techs just starting in the business.

    SALES & MARKETING:
Sells hvacr systems to homeowners and businesses. Also supplies parts and equipment to dealers and contractors.

    CONTRACTOR/BUSINESS OWNER:
Provides hvacr services to customers by installing and maintaining systems. Responsible for hiring qualified technicians to help in the service process.

    TECHNICIAN:
Responsible for installing all types of hvacr equipment. It is also the job of the tech to go on service calls to troubleshoot and repair systems.



Why should you get involved in an hvacr career?

1. Depending on position and location, salaries can range from $25,000–$100,000 a year, with starting salaries ranging from $25,000–$35,000.

2. Job placement in the industry is very high. Some hvac schools have 100% job placement.

3. The hvacr industry is very important. Heating and cooling affects the lives of everyone, at work and at home. A safe and comfortable environment relies on the upkeep and design of heating and cooling products.

4. There is a great deal of financial assistance for individuals who want to learn about the industry or further their education. The need for hvac employees has yielded numerous scholarships and grants.

5. There is job security. Qualified and experienced individuals will always be needed in the industry. Furthermore, many workers can advance to even better paying jobs.



How to get started

1. Talk with your counselor or a contractor in your area. Find out where hvac education is available in your area, such as votech schools or apprenticeship programs.

2. Find out if your area community college offers a degree in hvacr.

3. Look for a possible school-to-work program. Many contractors are in need of technicians who can work immediately and take training on the side.

4. Take the appropriate classes at the high school level. For example, algebra, geometry, business, and computers. If your school offers technical courses or hvacr training, get involved. Take electronics, CAD (computer-aided design), mechanical drawing, blueprint reading, air conditioning basics, and sheet metal.

Publication date: 09/18/2000

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