Becoming an HVAC technician is not required to work in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning field, but specializing and becoming certified will allow greater career opportunities. In addition, higher earnings will be an advantage. The basic areas of study found in nearly all HVAC programs are:
- Applied Chemistry
- Mechanical Drawing
- Blueprint Reading
- Computer Applications
In addition to the general courses, there are more specific classes that include:
- Temperature Control
- Temperature Theory
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- Equipment Design
- Installation, Repair and Maintenance
Certification is offered by NATE and the EPA
Certification is offered by two organizations. North American Technicians Excellence (NATE) offers national certification and the only test that is recognized by the entire industry. The exam for NATE certification is stringent and requires practical skills as well as knowledge.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers four certification levels. The basics for certification are different; however, they all include work experience Roxbury CT 06783 and an exam must be passed that includes common HVAC knowledge.
Prior to sitting for the NATE certification exam, work experience is suggested. If the specialty will be an installation technician, one year of work experience is recommended. For service technicians, work experience recommended should be at least two years and a senior level technician should have five years of work experience. This includes experience with the equipment that will be used in each field.
Roxbury CT 06783 The training recommended for certification as an HVAC technician will take approximately six months to 2 years to complete.
A Sample Curriculum
A sample of the curriculum for certification as an HVAC technician for standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHREA) at an HVAC college is as follows:
Four courses are required consisting of two units each in HVAC Control and Energy Management Systems, HVAC Ductwork and Piping Systems, Roxbury CT 06783 HVAC System Design Considerations and HVAC System Load Calculations and Psychrometry.
Ninety hours of electives from Building Commissioning for LEED, the Building Envelope and Facilities Management Systems and Technology are required. This is a total of 210 hours of instruction. A certificate registration fee must be paid and the courses must be completed within five years of registration.
A grade level of 2.5 must be maintained with at least a ‘C’ in each course to receive Roxbury CT 06783 certification. Most colleges require a high school diploma or GED to apply for admittance for classes to become an HVAC technician. For two-year programs, ACT or SAT scores are not required by the majority of HVAC colleges.
Earning certification as an HVAC technician will provide those who are interested in this field with the ability to acquire a logical and consistent method of learning the comprehensive aspects of HVAC systems. Providing the essential training needed Roxbury CT 06783 to create new HVAC systems and modify existing systems in accordance with current energy conservation standards is vital in the field of heating, ventilation and air conditioning.