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HVAC Technicians Help Keep Life Comfortable – Everywhere
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics — most often referred to as HVAC technicians — are responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing the HVAC/R systems that control the temperature and air quality in our businesses and homes. As our climate continues to shift and change, HVAC technicians will be key to helping us maintain our comfort and quality of living. Some technicians even specialize in certain areas of the industry, like solar panel systems, commercial refrigeration, radiant heating systems, and more.
As an HVAC technician, your daily tasks will include things like:
If you’re interested in working as an HVAC technician, a great first step is to get formal training through an accredited program like the HVAC program offered at Summit College. While California does not require you to take these programs in order to get started as a technician, your education credits can significantly cut down on the amount of field experience you’ll need in order to get your HVAC contractor license. A program like ours will cover both the theoretical and technical skills you will need on the job, utilizing hands-on training guided by real, experienced industry professionals.
On top of that, HVAC technicians need to be:
Summit College’s HVAC program can be completed in just 9 months. You’ll be prepped to sit for your EPA 608 Universal Certification during the program, and upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for your initial North American Technician Excellence certification.
Becoming an HVAC technician means you could have great long-term job prospects and a career you can feel good about that has you interacting with all kinds of people from all walks of life. And Summit College can help you get the training and skills you need. We’ve been doing it since 1991 — it’s practically in our DNA. We believe we’re in this together with every student; you’ll get all the support and encouragement you need every step of the way, even after graduation.
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The HVAC program is focused on the learning objectives that have been identified by HVAC industry groups, like Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute AHRI and NATE. It’s structured to teach you the operations, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning systems, with exposure to equipment like:
Our curriculum emphasizes vital, on-the-job skills, like:
Summit’s HVAC program consists of nine different courses, or modules, that combine both classroom and hands-on lab work. You’ll take:
No High School Diploma? You Have Options!
Don’t let the lack of a high school diploma hold you back. Summit College can assist you in obtaining your high school diploma while you train for a career with our high school completion program!
Once you’ve successfully completed your HVAC training and your EPA 608 Universal Certification, a lot of our graduates choose to sit for NATE certification exams. While California doesn’t require this in order to start working in the HVAC field, earning these credentials can help you stand out in the job market. NATE has a number of different exam options and pathways toward certification that you can read more about on their website.
Whether you choose to pursue NATE certification or not, you’ll be ready to pursue entry-level HVAC technician jobs. Summit has a dedicated Career Services department that can help you with preparing your resume, practicing for interviews, and finding potential job openings. You can also register with CalJOBS if you’re interested in posting your resume online for interested employers.
The demand for trained HVAC technicians is on the rise and expected to continue to grow. According to California Employment Trends*, jobs for HVAC technicians in the state are expected to grow by 14% — almost three times the national average — through 2030.
*California Employment Trends: 49-9021.00 – Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Since you’ll find HVAC systems pretty much anywhere people live and work, there’s no shortage of demand for qualified technicians. When you graduate, you can look for opportunities with: