About the HVAC/R Program
OBC HVAC School can help you gain the skills and knowledge that can serve as the groundwork of a rewarding career as an HVAC/R technician.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) is something that every home and business requires. If you are considering training for HVAC technician jobs, you can feel confident the demand for skilled installation, repair, and maintenance professionals will never go away.
If you have a passion for heating and cooling, working in the HVAC/R industry might just be for you. However, entering a career in a field as potentially rewarding as HVAC/R all starts with a trade school training program. At Ohio Business College, we can help you gain the skills and knowledge that can serve as the foundation of a rewarding career as an HVAC/R technician.
What is a HVAC Technician?
According to a report updated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on April 9, 2021, the HVAC industry should add approximately 15,100 new positions between now and 2029. HVAC technicians work on systems that control air quality and temperature in private homes, commercial buildings, retail stores, schools, hospitals, and all other types of businesses. The work of HVAC technicians is necessary to ensure that people remain safe, healthy, and comfortable indoors.
Some companies hire HVAC/R technicians with the R standing for refrigeration. Functional refrigeration systems are necessary to prevent food from spoiling and to store certain types of medication. Typical duties of an entry-level HVAC technician include:
- Inspect heating, cooling, and ventilation systems and report problems to customers
- Make recommendations to customers to repair or replace their unit
- Install, maintain, and repair HVAC units
- Install wiring and electrical components of HVAC units
- Replace or repair non-working parts
- Keep detailed written records of all work performed
Before you can work in this fast-growing industry, you must first complete a trade school training program to obtain the skills you need for success.
How to Become an HVAC Technician
The Lorain County campus of Ohio Business College offers day and evening scheduling for the HVAC program. We understand our students have other commitments and make it as convenient as possible for you to earn HVAC for entry-level work. At this level, you will work with more experienced HVAC technicians to assist them with installation, maintenance, and repairs.
Ohio Business College offers small class sizes taught by instructors with hand-on experience in the HVAC industry. Many started out working as entry-level HVAC technicians just as you are about to do while others are business owners in the HVAC industry.
Our HVAC program runs 64 credit hours. Part of the course will cover background information about the HVAC industry and an in-depth presentation of the skills you need in textbook format. We also incorporate plenty of time for hands-on learning to teach you the basics of residential and commercial heating and cooling.
You will learn customer service skills as well. These include how to communicate effectively with customers when making service recommendations and tips for dealing professionally with customers who may be upset that their HVAC unit needs service.
Pay Expectations for HVAC Technician Jobs
The BLS reports that the median pay for HVAC technicians in May 2020 was $50,590. While you should not expect to earn that much when first starting out, this salary expectation is realistic once you have a few years of experience. HVAC technicians at the lowest 10 percent of the pay scale earn $31,910 per year and those at the 90th percentile earn $80,820. The median pay for HVAC technician jobs is slightly above average for all occupations according to the BLS.
Do You Want an Active Career? Get Your HVAC Training
HVAC technician jobs tend to appeal to people who have no desire to sit behind a desk all day. You are always on the go when you work as an HVAC technician. Whether you are installing ductwork or running from one job to the next, you can expect to be on your feet most of the time. Having an active career helps to contribute to an overall healthier lifestyle.
Advancement Opportunities in the HVAC Industry
The HVAC industry is one that offers ample on-the-job training. Once you have worked under the supervision of a more experienced technician for a while, you might consider pursuing specialty certification. Commercial refrigeration, radiant heating systems, solar panels, and testing and balancing are just four options available to you. With smart technology accelerating at a rapid pace, the demand for people with advanced building and installation knowledge will only continue to grow. This is another area of advancement for you to consider.
HVAC Training Curriculum
In Ohio Business College’s HVAC/R program you will be prepared for an entry-level HVAC/R technician, assisting more experienced technicians with installation, repairs and maintenance. In the confines of our smaller class sizes, you’ll have more access to our caring instructors who have valuable real world experience in the HVAC/R field.
Our program, which consists of 64 credit hours, combines the crucial knowledge of textbook learning with the practical experience of hands-on learning. The coursework in our HVAC/R program will immerse you in subjects and skills such as:
- Residential Heating and Cooling
- Commercial Heating and Cooling
- Customer Service and Communication
- And More!
Our HVAC/R program is offered at our Lorain County campus. In order to best accommodate our students’ busy lives, we offer day and night scheduling options. We do our best to work with students who have other jobs or commitments throughout the week. Our campuses are friendly and professional learning environments meant to improve your chances for professional success.
At the end of Ohio Business College’s HVAC/R program, you will be able to put your skills to use in an entry-level role as an HVAC/R technician. You can then work your way up to the ranks of a journeyman after learning the trade on the job from experienced professionals. OBC’s HVAC/R program will equip you with skills that will last over the course of a career in the HVAC/R field. We offer career search and training to students in all programs.