HVAC Technicians work with electrical and mechanical components when they install, maintain, and repair heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Some HVAC technicians choose to specialize in specific areas such as climate control, air quality and transfer, or even commercial refrigeration.Clic para leer en espanol
HVAC Technicians are also known as HVACR Technicians, HVAC Installers, and HVAC Mechanics
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I asked Jordan to talk a little more about the FastTrack components, which are considered “stackable,” meaning that some students may choose to use their FastTrack certificate(s) as prior learning assessment toward an AAS (Associate of Applied Science) degree, which is a two-year degree plan designed for students who want to pursue training specifically geared for entering the workforce as quickly as possible. Jordan said: “When students complete our FastTrack programs, they have the opportunity to obtain employment and continue their education as well. … So not only do they have a certificate from FastTrack, but they can work and also attain additional education credits.”
Burns explained their goal for the students is not just obtaining certificates, but it is “completion and success.” The training is taught to groups of 18 to 22 “cohorts” who move through the program working and studying together. Burns said, “When one or two students start falling behind, the team brings them forward.” Since the cohort model was implemented two years ago, Lone Star saw an estimated 30 percent increase in students’ completion and success.
For as high as these salaries are, the reality is that what skilled craft professionals earn is typically far greater. The salaries listed in NCCER’s survey are average base salaries, not including overtime, per diem, bonuses or other incentives. Construction is known for having plenty of overtime and travel opportunities as well as bonuses. Not to mention, many contractors also have incentives in which they pay for employee training, vacation time, retirement plans, cell phones, vehicle allowances and/or per diem or housing depending on the length of a project.
As with many skilled craft trades, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration) is evolving and adapting due to rapidly changing technology. The San Jacinto College HVACR program offers a wide range of courses and degree options at the North and South campuses, and stays in step with trends and developments by maintaining industry partnerships and advisory committees at both campuses.
The HVAC competitors are required to complete a welding exercise. ABC has a partnership with the Washington Nationals baseball team, so for this competition, Clark created a mock-up of the Nationals logo – a “W” – which the competitors would be required to build in copper. The competitors would then pressurize the pipes and check for leaks as one part of the competition. They would also remove and add refrigerant from a heating and cooling unit such as might heat and cool a residence, and wire and power it up following a list of steps and checks. The third task of the HVAC contest involved making “elbows” out of sheet metal and putting them on the back of a commercial rooftop system to move the air in and out of the system.
Criminal justice advocates and fiscal conservatives are pointing to a program in Louisiana aimed at skills training for prisoners at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola as a model for how states should go about designing their re-entry programs. The prison offers certain inmates a chance to earn certifications in things like welding, masonry, automotive, and HVAC repair. More than 250 certifications have been awarded since 2010.