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HVAC-R training can get you started in a new technical career

March 17, 2015

HVAC-R training at SJVCWorking in the HVAC-R industry could be the career you’ve been looking for. If you enjoy working with your hands, like diagnosing problems and repairing things, then this might be a career you want to consider.

What is HVAC-R? The acronym “HVAC-R” stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. An HVAC-R professional specializes in installing, maintaining and repairing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

HVAC-R professionals ensure building systems run steadily and efficiently. A typical day may include checking systems for efficiency, installing new systems, troubleshooting issues and making repairs.

Working in this industry can potentially provide you with stable employment because a majority of people use machines to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Over time, most machine parts wear out and need replacement. Professionals in the HVAC-R field work on installation or repair of electrical connections to HVAC-R components, and troubleshooting and repairing HVAC-R units, including mechanical and electronic components. They may also handle layout, design and installation of low-voltage wiring.

HVAC-R professionals work in a variety of settings: with privately owned contractors, manufacturers or institutions such as schools, homes, apartments, hospitals, factories and shopping malls.

The HVAC-R industry is constantly evolving and has been projected to grow 21 percent from 2010 to 2022, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Other positions in the HVAC-R industry include field supervisors, installers, inspectors and mechanics, just to name a few.

Some professionals begin a career in the HVAC-R industry as a technician and eventually gain enough experience to become a manager or supervisor, or even begin their own heating and air conditioning business.

If you’re interested in pursuing an education in HVAC-R, San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) offers hands-on training at seven of its 14 campuses: Antelope Valley (Lancaster), Bakersfield, Fresno, Ontario, Temecula, Victor Valley (Hesperia) and Visalia.  Students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in HVAC-R in about 14 months.

SJVC offers small class sizes and flexible course schedules to help students complete their HVAC-R degree — even with a busy schedule.  SJVC instructors have experience in the field and are committed to helping students succeed. SJVC also offers job placement assistance and training to help students prepare for job interviews.

To learn more about SJVC’s HVAC-R program, click here or request information to have an admissions advisor schedule you for a campus tour.

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