HVAC Career Guides

What is HVAC?

A lot of people ask the question, what is HVAC? HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It is a field related to mechanical engineering and involves quite a deal of physics to understand. HVAC may not seem important when you look at a small house but it is very important when you consider schools, offices and larger multi-story buildings.

To become an HVAC technician, a few requirements have to be analyzed and fulfilled beforehand. These include academic, financial, physical, mental and age requirements.

Academic Aspects

In most cases, you will be required to have the GED or at least a high school diploma. Many community colleges which offer the HVAC degree will at least require you to have passed the GED. The higher the accreditation of the institute, the higher the G.P.A requirement and/or GED score will be.

It is very important that you confirm the accreditation of the institute that you want to enroll in. Many institutes have simple eligibility criteria but may lack sufficient accreditation. If you get this far, we hope you are no longer wondering, what is HVAC?

Financial Aspects

Institutes where an HVAC degree is offered will not always be for a very cheap price. However, relative to most degrees, it is cheaper. Most prices may range from three to ten thousand dollars per year. In Canada, it is approximately five thousand dollars a year.

However, this should not be a major problem for you. Many student loans and scholarships are available to deserving students both on an academic and financial basis. The financial aspects can be covered with a part time job which may provide a minimum of fifty percent of the yearly fees.

Physical Aspects

During your HVAC course duration, there will be a lot of hands on work. This may range to small electrical circuits to large unit installations. The physical aspects of the course require a steady hand, a lot of maneuvering around equipment and HVAC units and most of all, patience.

Many older/adult students have started attaining an HVAC degree as well. The majority of graduates are usually from community or adult colleges where there is no age problem. In terms of education, there rarely is an age requirement.  However, it helps if you are at least over eighteen years old or have at least completed or did reach your senior year in high school.

Mental Aspects

Although some may think that an HVAC degree seems easy, it is not. It requires a lot of mental stress during the course duration which may be from six months to two years. Subjects taught include mind wrecking electronics, applied physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and mechanical art. There are a lot of principles and components that need to be remembered as well as a lot of formulas and calculations.  You should remember that any degree, especially the HVAC degree, does take a fair bit of mind racking to earn.

The HVAC degree is a highly reputed and can lead to a great job after the completion of your internship. A two-year hands-on-job internship is required to become a fully licensed HVAC technician after which you can work alone in a private company or have one of your own. By now we hope it is clear to you when wondering, what is HVAC. The industry has a lot of great opportunities.