Are you interested in a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for HVAC is expected to grow 4% through 2029.

Midwest Technical Institute (MTI) offers a program in HVAC/R (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration). If you’re interested in becoming an HVAC technician, the following frequently asked questions may help you understand more about this field.

How many hours do HVAC techs work?

HVAC technicians may work 40 hours a week, but they could also work evening and weekend shifts if required. Peak heating and cooling seasons can lead to irregular hours for HVAC technicians.

Do HVAC Technicians work weekends?

HVAC technicians may work weekend shifts. The frequency of weekend shifts will depend on their employers preferences and whether it’s a busy season for heating and cooling needs.

Can HVAC technicians do plumbing?

Although some HVAC technicians choose to receive training as plumbers and may work as plumbers in addition to HVAC, HVAC mainly involves installing, repairing, and maintaining air conditioning and heating systems.

What are job duties for HVAC vs electrician?

HVAC technicians are primarily involved in the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating and cooling systems and may do some basic electrical work during HVAC system installation. However, electricians have different responsibilities that include installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical power in homes and businesses.

What is like to work in HVAC vs other trades?

Training to become an HVAC technician typically requires six months to two years of training to complete a diploma or degree program. At MTI, training courses include basic electricity, air conditioning, and installation.

Once employed, the tasks of HVAC technicians may depend on their specialty, but usually require detailed knowledge of installing, maintaining, and repairing HVAC equipment. Additionally, job documentation, communication skills, and working with customers may also be part of an HVAC career.

There are some risks associated with HVAC, including shocks, burns, muscle strain, and injuries from heavy lifting. Proper safety equipment is required because of hazardous materials. Tradespeople like electricians and plumbers may also involve some risks and require similar training and knowledge, but this will depend on the chosen trade.

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