Do your students want a job that starts around 50K and is projected to increase in opportunities by 15% over the next three years? Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning are collectively referred to as HVAC, and the professionals who work in this industry are called HVAC technicians.
A qualified HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.
HVAC technicians work in variety of settings, including residential projects, commercial projects, and sometimes in outdoor settings, too.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual median salary for HVAC technicians, mechanics, and installers is $48,730. With quality experience and the right set of skills, you can build a solid career in the HVAC industry. The top 10% of this industry’s professionals earn an annual salary of over $76,230.1
HVAC technicians typically do the following:
- Reading blueprints and HVAC equipment specifications
- Assembling and installing HVAC/R units in residential or commercial buildings
- Installing solar panels, thermostats, humidistats, and timers
- Connecting HVAC systems to electrical, water, and fuel sources
- Ensuring that the HVAC units are working perfectly
- Testing HVAC components and systems according to the manufacturer’s specifications
- Troubleshooting common HVAC system problems
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