HVAC Industry Overview
HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) is considered a technological service industry. Technicians often enjoy a rapid-growth career right out of an accredited HVAC training program. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics the HVAC industry is expected to grow 34% between 2012 and 2020. This is categorized as “much higher than average” growth in comparison to all industries studied. With both residential and commercial new construction increasing, demand for trained HVAC professionals is high.
HVAC Training Programs – Tools of the Trade
HVAC training programs are extensive; students learn how to follow design specifications as well as install electrical wiring and troubleshoot electrical circuits. At Midwest Institute students receive hands on training on modern residential and commercial-grade systems.
In our on-hands courses and supervised training sessions students will work with all the vital instruments of the trade. They will gain exposure to the standard instruments, like digital clamp meters, and learn to use HVAC clamp meters, amp meters, thermo-anemometers, leak detectors, and combustion analyzers and detectors. The proficient use of these tools is the first step to landing and keeping a job in this industry. Additionally, students learn the government regulations regarding the conservation, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants.
Students may also choose to train as an HVAC/R Specialist. This Associates Degree program introduces control systems as well as a thorough understanding of components and wiring diagrams. Students are also taught how to read blue prints and learn about commercial kitchen equipment.
Completing Your HVAC Training
Upon completing the required coursework students are given a certificate of completion and must site for the EPA test ( for which they will receive certification from the EPA).
*It is worth noting that students should be relatively fit as HVAC jobs often entail heavily lifting and require technicians to work in tight spaces.