Skilled Trades

A Day in the Life of an HVAC Technician

Skilled TradesNovember 15, 2019

The prospects for an HVAC technician are heating up and the industry is flourishing. The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) training program at Fortis prepares students for entry-level employment as an HVAC technician, HVAC installer or HVAC mechanic. 

Once you graduate and get that first opportunity, what can you expect on the job?

Know Your Landscape

The HVAC program at Fortis includes training in computerized diagnostics, so students will be ready to service and repair commercial refrigeration, gas heat, heat pumps, and air conditioning. Depending on your type of role in the field, your daily environments can change from project to project. More than half of all HVAC techs work with building equipment contractors to provide air quality and temperature control in schools, stores, hospitals, office buildings, factories, homes, and more. 

Start the Day Off Right

Preparation is critical to becoming a successful HVAC professional. HVAC mechanics typically review their assignments and prepare their equipment before walking out the door. For installations, it is wise to study the blueprints of the project before beginning your work.

The Two Types of Work: Installing and Repairing

While on the job as an HVAC technician, your role will typically fall into two categories: installing and repairing. While installing a refrigeration system or air conditioner requires you to follow a series of specific instructions, repairing taps into your ability to problem-solve. Troubleshooting and patience are two skills that go hand-in-hand in this profession. As you repair a broken device and restore appliances, critical thinking helps guide your decisions. A day in the life of an HVAC technician provides unique challenges that are often rewarding to solve.

With an interesting day-to-day, a career in HVAC can be a compelling field for those invigorated by problem-solving and hands-on results.

If you want more information on learning a skilled trade like HVAC, Fortis Colleges and Institutes has the tools to get you started. Click here for more information or call 1-855-436-7847 to speak with a representative today.