By: Patricia Cermignano
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC jobs are expected to grow 15% by 2026. With this growth comes a high demand for qualified candidates seeking a career in HVAC. Before entering the HVAC field, however, there are several skills that should be mastered first. This list includes but is not limited to:
Time Management– Being able to effectively manage time is a very useful skill in the HVAC field. There will be many days when a HVAC Technician will have multiple appointments to attend to in one business day, and it is important to know how to efficiently complete the necessary tasks to ensure that the schedule runs smoothly and does not face any major delays.
Detail-Oriented/Attention to Detail– Taking thorough notes and paying attention to detail are two essential skills of a HVAC Technician. These notes help document exactly what work was performed, what equipment was serviced and any other details that are relevant to that job and will help provide background information for any future work.
Communication/Customer Service– It is not uncommon to have to speak and work directly with the customer whose HVAC system you are servicing. Therefore, it is important to have excellent communication skills and show confidence when interacting with a customer.
Physical Strength– Often times HVAC equipment and parts are very heavy, and it is important to feel comfortable lifting the heavy weight. Additionally, it is critical to know the correct way to lift heavy objects to protect yourself from getting injured on the job.
Mechanical– While most mechanical skills can be learned through training or on-the-job experience, it is important that a HVAC Technician is comfortable working with mechanical systems. Part of any HVAC Technician’s job is to assemble, disassemble, repair or replace HVAC equipment.
Educational– Most HVAC companies require a High School Diploma/GED education level to be eligible for employment. Additionally, in some cases, it is necessary to have a minimum of 18 months of classroom training and/or 2-5 years of on-the-job training (requirements vary from company to company).
A job in the HVAC industry is a great career option to pursue, and with the anticipated growth expected in the coming years, there is a high demand for qualified individuals to join the industry as a HVAC Technician.