Careers that solve common problems are always necessary and valued. If you are interested in a growing career that lets you work with your hands and that affects how people work and live, look no further than a career in Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). At Florida Career College you can complete your HVAC technician training in as few as 11 months, with a convenient program that will give you real-life experience and practical knowledge. We have put together this list of five reasons to become an HVAC technician, and asked some of our top instructors from our Hialeah campus to contribute their thoughts.
JOB OUTLOOK & COMPENSATION
The HVAC field offers good pay for an important service. With good employment numbers expected through 2026, you will see continued demand for HVAC technicians around the country. HVAC is also one of the more competitively paid careers in America. In fact, according to a recent survey, an education program like the one at Florida Career College reinforces the value of education: the more you learn, the more you earn.
In HVAC, every day is an opportunity to solve problems for people in their homes and offices. As a technician, you will look at why the system isn’t working, and determine the best way to repair it using the mechanical skills, technical skills, and practical experience you gained during your training.
Instructor Ramon Montero, B.S., Mechanical Engineering & HVAC diploma, explains that through the HVAC program at Florida Career College students will learn—and practice—troubleshooting electrical and mechanical components, discover how to assess air conditioning and refrigeration units for failures, learn about electric motors, study different types of system parameters that need to be checked, and fully prepare for the demands of a career as a service technician.
Refrigerators, heating systems, and air conditioners continue to be standard features in residential and commercial facilities, including new construction. The uptick in service contracts that stabilize HVAC workloads and maintenance are also helping to ensure ongoing work for HVAC technicians with specialized skills.
HANDS-ON, PRACTICAL WORK
Working in HVAC is great for those who like to work with their hands. HVAC field experience can differ every day depending on the client and season, so you will never be chained to a desk staring at a computer. Instead, you will be in the middle of the action, ensuring the comfort of customers in their homes and offices.
Silva Omar, instructor, and 30-year veteran in the HVAC industry, stresses the importance of coursework that helps students understand the different types of refrigerants, the standardized color-coding system that is used for them, the proper charging of them into systems, and how to accurately take readings. He also discussed the value of hands-on experience learned during HVAC coursework using specialized tools and components including manifold gauges, recovery machines, vacuum pumps, and the brazing torch.
HVAC work is always needed. Systems are used daily in countless commercial and residential buildings, and trained professionals are in demand to keep them all up and running. As an HVAC technician, you will be able to work and live nearly anywhere you desire.
Julio Palaguachi, a civil engineer with five years in the field and three years as a Florida Career College instructor, especially values the opportunity for students to learn how to estimate jobs. To do so effectively, students will learn how to read blueprints and architectural plans, calculate the required amount of material to complete a job, and budget appropriately in order to bid successfully.
If a career in HVAC sounds like something that interests you, consider the HVAC Training Program at Florida Career College. The hands-on experience using real-world tools lets you focus on the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be successful in the field, and prepares you for a future that will make you proud.
Dedicated industry-expert instructors like those who weighed in above—as well as our faculty and staff—will ensure that you are made to feel comfortable, confident, and supported while you pursue your goals. Get started now: rolling enrollment means that there is no waitlist and a new class will be starting soon on one of FCC’s campuses near you.