Both in school and in your professional career, there are a variety of skills you will need to succeed. HVAC, sometimes called HVACR, specialists, work with heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems to troubleshoot and solve problems. They also do initial installations and routine maintenance. Most mechanics need to have a certification before they can work in systems as an employee for an installation and repair company. Educational programs vary in length from around six months to around two years. Shorter versions typically offer people a certificate upon completion, while longer versions usually award students with associate degrees upon graduation. To get through school, some skills are pretty basic and would be required for any schooling experience. These include basic writing skills, an ability to articulate your ideas, and strong time management skills. Others are more unique to the study of HVACR systems and will prepare you for your future career.
You must have troubleshooting skills.
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems have many complex parts. In order to repair the systems, technicians need to know how to first and foremost identify the component causing the problem. This process can sometimes be aided by sophisticated diagnostic technology. The longer you work in the industry, however, the more likely you are to come across unexpected malfunctions or unusual problems. You’ll need to have the troubleshooting abilities to analyze the problem and run through (and systematically weed out) potential causes. Once you’ve identified the cause, you’ll also need to understand the system well enough to know the best procedure for treating not just the system’s “symptoms” but the identified root cause. Troubleshooting skills can help you during your studies as well, and in fact throughout multiple disciplines. Undoubtedly over the course of your education you’ll run into other issues – with your study habits, with your schedule, with disgruntled professors, and in other arenas. The better you are at troubleshooting, the more likely you are to figure out how to best approach the problem and come up with an answer.
You must be physically strong.
As an HVAC technician, you’ll need to lift and support heavy equipment. As a mechanic who might be making house calls by yourself, you could potentially be the only person available to lift the equipment. For this reason, you should work to grow your physical strength as much as possible. You should also seek to develop other aspects of physical fitness, such as stamina and cardiovascular health. In a busy day of maintenance, installation, and repairs, you could be lifting heavy system parts for eight hours or more. The better stamina you have and the better shape your heart muscle is in, the more likely you are to perform these tasks with ease. If you exercise regularly while you’re in school, you might find your studies benefitting as well. Exercise has been linked with numerous cognitive benefits, including improved mood, increased energy, better concentration, and sharper memory.
You must be detail-oriented.
Technical repairs and maintenance often involve making very precise adjustments to complex systems with multiple interworking parts. Workers who struggle to understand the finer mechanics of HVACR systems may struggle to excel in their chosen career. Being detail-oriented is also important during the installation process, where small errors in judgment or execution could mean the system ends up not working properly. Ultimately, this will only lead to a frustrated call from a customer about a brand-new system that is not performing as promised. If you exemplify this quality during your studies as well, you will see the results in your grades. Organized students who concentrate during class and pay attention to the details of classroom discussions or hands-on demonstrations or more likely to comprehensively understand the lesson.