There’s a great deal to be said for working in the HVAC service. In many ways, it’s like plumbing, or roofing, or other household maintenance work: no matter what state the economy may be in, it’s a service that’ll always be in demand.
However, much like any career, HVAC work isn’t for everybody; and there are a significant number of things that need to be kept in mind when you first get going. Here are just a few essential pointers for those of you looking to get an HVAC career off the ground.
1. Get Proper Training
HVAC, being the sizable industry that it is, there are many training courses out there for HVAC service workers. However, as is ever the case with such things, one should choose one’s plan carefully – check out reviews, and ensure that the course is appropriately accredited and held in good repute among the general HVAC industry.
2. Check for Necessary Certifications
Even after you’ve got your training, the chances are that – depending on where you work, and the sort of HVAC work you’re looking to do – you’ll require further certification before you can enter into the industry. For instance, some states in the USA require licensing to work in HVAC, while others do not; and should your HVAC work involve refrigerant, you’ll also need to write an exam to receive official EPA certification.
3. Establish Yourself in the Industry
Once all the legal paperwork is through and you have all the licensing and papers that you require, though, you’ll still have to take care of getting yourself established in the industry, to acquire work.
Do extensive research into the HVAC industry in your area. Investigate businesses that offer related services, where they are located, and what sort of positions they have available. From there, seek out work at those establishments – preferably in the more well-regarded and successful businesses. Endeavor to impress all your employers to ensure that you build up a retinue of recommendations, and always be prepared to learn more about the HVAC business (even the most extensive training course can’t teach you every single nuance). If, at some point, you envision yourself opening your own HVAC business, take your time working in other companies to learn about all the expenses, investments, and responsibilities involved in running such an undertaking.
4. Don’t Neglect Safety
Though many people don’t think of HVAC work as particularly dangerous, it does have its risks, as does any form of physical work. As a result, when doing HVAC work, never skimp on ensuring your equipment is fully functional, and that you are wearing all the necessary gear. Breathing filters are essential to avoid inhaling dangerous particles; gloves are required for handling large or sharp parts, and, perhaps most importantly, any hazardous chemicals should be stored in safe containers. Most importantly, though, any work environment should be adequately and thoroughly examined, and any potential safety hazards noted and accounted for before work even begins.
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