One of the fastest growing professions is that of a heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technician. HVACR jobs are expected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is because technical schools are providing the proper training for these programs in as little as 9 months, a fraction of the time it usually takes to complete a traditional four-year degree. Any modern building likely employs one if not all of the components that make up the daily tasks of an HVACR technician.
What Does an HAVCR Technician Do?
There are three main functions for an HVACR technician. The first is to perform regular maintenance on different units to ensure that they continue to run efficiently. The second is to troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair units which have stopped working. The third is installation. Proper installation assures efficiency and endurance. There are HVACR technicians that have specialized and focus on a specific type of equipment. There are HVACR technicians that are able to work on wide variety of systems.
Where Do HAVCR Technicians Work?
One of the greatest things about being an HVACR technician is that they are able to work anywhere in the developed world. Cities both large and small utilize many of the components that comprise HVACR. HVACR technicians often get to travel a great deal for work as units must be serviced where installed. Typically, an HVACR technician that has been in the field for a few years will develop a routine that mixes regularly scheduled maintenance with some emergency jobs as requested. With so many new buildings built each year, it is no wonder that the demand for qualified HVACR technicians is on the rise.
What is HVACR?
HVACR stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration.
In some parts of the world, the installation of central heating in a home is essential for health, safety and comfort. It is also the job of a central heating system to maintain the proper level of fresh air humidity in a home. In modern home there are furnaces that use a variety of fuels and heat sources. As with any mechanical equipment, heating units must be regularly serviced. This requires an HVACR technician to visit a home or business every so often to ensure that filters are replaced, and other critical components are still working properly.
Without proper ventilation in a home, business or other building, the air will quickly become stagnant and the space will likely get far too cold in the winter and far too hot in the summer. HVACR technicians work to ensure that all buildings are properly ventilated without compromising what is called the “building envelope.” The building envelope is described as a buildings ability to keep in warm air when someone wants it to be warm and also keep in cool air when someone wants it to be cool. Without proper ventilation, both of these tasks are made much harder.
Air conditioners are typically serviced seasonally as they only operate when the outdoor temperatures are consistently exceeding what someone would like the external temperature of the home or business to be. Air conditioners or cooling systems are most frequently serviced in the spring, right before the warmest months of the year. Air conditioners require normal filter changes and other refrigerant fluid refills over time. Because excessive heat is considered to be dangerous, emergency air conditioning repair phone calls may be common.
While some HVACR technicians will reply to calls from single family homes that are experiencing issues with their refrigerator, the most common type of work will be for larger companies which rely on large refrigeration units to keep things cold. The most common example of this is the food industry. This includes restaurants which must keep food cold until it is ready to be cooked as well as supermarkets which must keep many foods refrigerated until someone purchases them. If these units were to fail, the probability of food spoiling is greatly increased.
Attending a trade school is one of the best ways to get all of the necessary training to begin a career as an HVACR technician. Additionally, students will be able to do so in much less time than it would take to complete a traditional four-year degree. By properly planning for the future, technical school students are much more likely to land a career that is high in demand.
Did learning about the basics of HVACR interest you? Does a career as a HVACR Technician interest you? The HVACR Technician Program at MIAT is 9 months in length for full time students, assuming no interruption in training, and is offered at both the Michigan and Texas campuses. The training allows students to focus on their chosen field, graduating faster than it takes to earn a traditional 2 or 4-year college degree or complete a 3 to 5-year apprenticeship. To learn more about HVACR Technician career training and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page.
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