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HVAC Installer

Team of technicians installing an HVAC unitHeating, ventilation, and air conditioning units play a vital part in the comfort of a home or business. They control the temperature, humidity, and air quality in an enclosed space. Successfully and safely installing these units requires specific skills and knowledge obtained at an accredited institution.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Program offered at Pennco Tech’s Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA, locations provides students with the skills they need to begin their professional journey toward becoming HVAC installers. From there, individuals can take the skills and experiences they acquired to select the career path of their choice. Here, we dive deeper into the duties of an HVAC installer and look at some of the different career paths available.

Responsibilities of an HVAC Installer

An HVAC installer is tasked with safely installing heating and air-conditioning systems in private residences and commercial establishments. In addition to installing units, they also inspect pipes or tubing joints and connections, looking for leaks and other potential hazards. Their duties may also include:

  • Using electrical equipment and proper personal protection equipment to test electrical circuits and components for continuity
  • Making repairs or replacing any defective equipment, components, or wiring to ensure the unit functions properly
  • Discussing heating or cooling system malfunctions with users to isolate problems or to verify that repairs corrected the issue
  • Monitoring efficiency of heating and air conditioning units after installation, making any adjustments needed
  • Installing additional equipment such as thermostats and timers
  • Changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants if necessary
  • Connecting heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source and forming a complete circuit

Different Career Paths for HVAC Installers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), overall employment for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration installers is projected to grow 5% through 2031. About 40,100 openings for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration installers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade. The median annual wage for HVAC installers was $48.630 in May 2021.

After becoming an HVAC installer and successfully performing the duties of the role, HVAC installers can use their skills and experiences to progress in their careers. There are a variety of career paths they may pursue, and each offers unique advantages. Some of the advanced positions available to HVAC installers include:

HVAC Salesperson

Working in the field isn’t for everyone. Some HVAC installers may come to learn the work environment is too demanding or extreme for them. Instead, they may choose to become an HVAC salesperson. Having firsthand experience installing systems and units, HVAC installers can use their knowledge to demonstrate and promote HVAC units to consumers at trade shows, seminars, or over the phone. This career move may prove to be financially and professionally rewarding.

Service Manager

The job of an HVAC installer entails providing excellent service to customers. You may use these skills to acquire a leadership position such as service manager. As a service manager, you will oversee the entire operation of an HVAC service company, assigning roles to technicians and monitoring their performance. Understanding the requirements for the job and having completed projects themselves, managers can accurately communicate what they expect from workers.

Business Owner

Many people dream of owning their own businesses. Entrepreneurs have the freedom to operate the company according to their preferred schedules and may specialize in certain areas of HVAC installation.

Working as an installer gives you a thorough understanding of how to run an HVAC company. The technical and business skills you learn may enable you to take care of the multiple aspects of owning an organization, such as hiring, marketing, finances, and all HVAC services.

Learn the Skills to Become an HVAC Installer at Pennco Tech

If you wish to break into the exciting career field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning installation, you first need to obtain industry knowledge and develop the necessary skills. To gain the confidence and competencies required, consider enrolling in the HVAC&R program at Pennco Tech.

In addition to teaching students the basic concepts of properly installing and servicing HVAC units, the program also includes OSHA safety training. Students will learn the potential hazards of the job along with the correct courses of action to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Begin Your Career Journey Today

Since 1973, Pennco Tech has been offering career-focused training to individuals throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania who wish to enter various occupational fields. Our goal is to give students the education and resources they need to begin their career journeys. Besides hands-on instruction, we also provide lifetime career services to assist students in seeking work upon completion of their program.

Those in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who are interested in learning more about the trade programs offered at Pennco Tech should contact us today.

‘I got it!!!!!I got it!’, Anthony said as he raced into the Career Services Office. He was talking about his new job. Hired by a former graduate of Pennco Tech, Anthony will begin his new career with a two-day OSHA training course.

Anthony Z. - Air Conditioning/Heating Graduate

I enjoyed all my teachers. They made it interesting and challenging. I enjoyed going back to school at the age of 48! Career Services was a big help to me. Danielle was great. She helped me with my resume and showed me how to apply. I got the job with Dietz and Watson! Pennco Tech was the right choice for me as I get ready to start my career.

Mark E. - Electrician Graduate

I just wanted to say thank you again for all your help…I just got a full time job at Kennedy Healthcare in Stratford, NJ as a Patient Services Representative. Thank you again.

Maria Z. - Medical Assisting Administrative Graduate