Does a career in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) interest you? Are you curious about a future as an HVAC technician? With a growth rate of 15%, the job outlook  for HVAC shows much faster job growth than average, which may make HVAC technician a great career choice.
Delta Technical College (Delta Tech) offers a program in HVAC/R–MAR (Refrigeration and Major Appliance Repair). If you’re interested in becoming an HVAC technician, the following frequently asked questions may help you understand more about your possible future in the HVAC field.
How many hours do HVAC techs work?
Depending on employers and the specific types of job responsibilities, HVAC technicians may work evening and weekend shifts , but a 40-hour work week is possible for some HVAC technicians. Peak heating and cooling seasons can lead to irregular hours.
What are job duties for HVAC vs electrician?
However, electricians have different responsibilities, which includes  installation, maintenance, and repair of electrical power in homes and businesses.
Delta Tech offers an Industrial, Commercial & Residential I/C/R Electrician Program.
What are job duties for HVAC vs plumber?
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.
A plumber has different duties  and works mostly with water, drainage, gas, and other pipe systems in residential areas or businesses. Instead of heating and cooling units, plumbers install plumbing fixtures like tubs, sinks,i dishwashers, and toilets.
What is the dress code for an HVAC technician?
HVAC technicians will handle hazardous materials on the job and wearing proper safety equipment  is important. Dress code will vary from job to job. In general, HVAC technicians may wear goggles to protect eyesight and protective clothing to prevent skin damage.
What are the responsibilities for HVAC vs other trades?
To complete a diploma or degree program and prepare to become HVAC technicians, six months to two years of training is typically required. At Delta Tech, training courses include basic electricity, air conditioning, and major appliance repair. Other programs may not have the major appliance repair attached to the HVAC program.
The tasks of working as HVAC technicians can change if technicians choose to specialize, but most require knowledge of installing, maintaining, and repairing HVAC equipment. HVAC technicians may also need to complete documentation, have good communication skills, and interact with customers.
The risks associated  with HVAC include shocks, burns, muscle strain, and injuries from heavy lifting, and hazardous materials may require wearing protective gear. Tradespeople like electricians and plumbers may have similar training to HVAC and also have some risks involved with the work in their field. This will depend on the chosen trade.
Begin Your Path to a Career in HVAC
If you’re interested in a career in HVAC, please contact the Admissions Team at Delta Tech for more information about their HVAC programs.
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