Skilled Trades

How Important Is Hands-On Training for HVAC Technicians?

Skilled TradesMay 23, 2017

The world is becoming more energy-efficient, with air conditioning, heating, etc. moving toward newer, revised standards. A/C manufacturers, for example, are turning to GWPs (Global Warming Potential refrigerants) as a replacement to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) coolants.

By 2024, several HFCs, introduced to replace Freon in air conditioning units not all that long ago, will be banned in the United States to reach more acceptable GWP levels. Not only that, worldwide demand for air conditioning and heating units that use new, smarter technology – especially green technology – and new integration designs for units translate into new learning curves for HVAC technicians.

Hands-on Training for HVAC Technicians

HVAC technician is NOT a career in which one memorizes tons of information – it’s more of a hands-on job. As a result, it’s a career that requires more hands-on preparation than most in order for a technician to be successful. Hands-on HVAC and Refrigeration (HVACR) training is important so technicians become familiar with the wide variety of tools and equipment they will use to install, maintain or fix various systems.

When students – even experienced technicians – can see, touch, and practice with the equipment and materials they see on the job, they are better able to diagnose and fix any problems quicker, and more efficiently. And, as new technologies evolve, the learning will never stop. Neither will the hands-on training.

Becoming an HVAC Technician

Becoming an HVAC technician requires a great deal of preparation – especially when it comes to the mechanical skills needed to assemble, install or repair complex heating and cooling systems. Skills that can’t be learned just from reading a text book – they must be practiced…again and again…if one is to become proficient.

Graduating from an HVAC training program is just a first step. HVAC Training Pro says no high-quality HVAC technician achieves that status without a good amount of hands-on experience. The organization recommends entering an apprenticeship program of three-to-five years to gain the working hours that build the experience necessary to be truly successful.

Fortis Colleges and Institutes believe hands-on experience is needed if students are to succeed in HVAC. That’s why their HVAC and HVAC-R programs not only teach students what they need to know in the classroom, the students get to work on the equipment itself in labs and externships. HVAC-R programs are offered in multiple Fortis locations across the country. Learn more by visiting our site.