HVAC school is a real thing, in case you thought you could just apply for a heating and cooling job and get hired. Unfortunately, the days where young adults were given apprenticeships in HVAC careers are long gone. So much has happened since indoor heating and cooling became a regular thing for homes across America. Now you need to complete a program and/or receive a tech-school degree in HVAC before you can work in this field. Here is why.
HVAC Training Encompasses Industrial, Commercial, AND Residential Needs
It used to be that if you were going to fix furnaces for a living, you just fixed the ones you knew how to fix. Now you have to know how to fix ALL kinds of heating systems, and not just the residential ones either. The expectation is that when you finish HVAC school, you will be able to recognize, repair, replace, and restore ALL heating and cooling systems, no matter what the type or the location.
HVAC Training Addresses Older and Outdated Systems
In your career as an HVAC technician, you will face a lot of old and outdated heating and cooling systems. You will even see some ventilation installation nightmares (often called "the octopus" for the number of arms extending outward) that will require fixing. As such, you need to be well informed and well prepared for these things. That is training and education you just do not get on the job, because there will be no one to follow you around and tell you how to fix these things.
HVAC Training Prepares You for Really Unique Situations
This job is not all about pipes, ventilation shafts, furnaces, and air conditioners. There will be several more unusual situations that you will need to face to complete work. For example, what will you do if there is a family of mice living in the air-conditioner condenser box of a customer? How about birds in the vents of a furnace? Black-widow spiders hanging out underneath a boiler? Weird situations all, but they have been known to happen. Without extensive training, there is no way you could be prepared for any number of unusual situations like these.
What Else You Can Expect from HVAC School
Most HVAC training and education programs take at least two years. You will carry full course loads (12 to 18 credits a term) and be expected to show up for hands-on training at different facilities. It will be nearly impossible to work a full-time job while going to school, so plan ahead. To learn more, talk to schools like the Interactive College Of Technology.