It can be hard to stay up to date with all things HVAC. Not to worry: we have provided you with the highlights of a report recently done by the HVAC Workforce Development Foundation. It had a lot to say about the state of the industry and projected HVAC job description.
HVAC Technician Job Description: Demand Heats Up
The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry will soon suffer from a lack of qualified workers. This is because demand for HVAC jobs is steadily increasing but the supply of trained workers is going down. The report cites that the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of HVAC mechanic and installer jobs will increase by 21% through 2022, likewise, the Social Security Association estimates 22% of the workforce will retire during this time. In order to address the issue and explore the opportunities available to HVACR workers, the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation held several studies in the United States and Canada. a Here is what they found:
- Many HVACR jobs are available and are in high demand across the US. However, the increasing gap between the supply and demand for workers has employers struggling to fill key HVACR roles such as maintenance and installation.
- HVACR jobs provide stable, year-round employment with good salaries for a good quality of life. The average salaries are around $50,000 and can go higher with signing bonuses and promotion opportunities. (We strongly encourage those thinking about this field to research employment and wage trends/data in their local area/state.)
- HVACR jobs are available for diverse skill sets and exist across a range of occupations such as architecture, engineering, sales, production, office and administrative support, and material moving.
- There is an undersupply of talent that has created a skills gap for some of the most critical HVACR positions, including installation, maintenance, and repair.
In an effort to close the growing skills gap and increase the amount of HVACR workers, a plan was developed which focuses on working to attract people into the industry, improving HVACR training programs, and providing tools for employees, students, and schools. So far, the measures seem to be working.
Jobs are being filled but demand is still high. Take advantage of the opportunity and consider pursuing a promising career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry.
The HVAC Systems Technician training program at Dorsey Schools is offered at our Wayne campus. It aims to prepare students to pursue jobs working in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. The program introduces students to environmentally friendly techniques and provides them with the opportunity to challenge the EPA Section 608 Type 2 certification exam as part of the curriculum.
Training in the Dorsey Schools HVAC Systems Technician Program includes:
- Fundamentals of HVAC
- Residential Systems
- Commercial Systems
- Blueprinting, Weatherization, and Sustainability
- System Design, Sizing, and Layout
- EPA Standards
- Systems Troubleshooting and Schematics
- Industry Safety Standards
- And more…!
Our team also did some research and found some helpful information regarding the projected job outlook for HVAC Mechanics and Installers in the coming years (both nationally and here in Michigan). Specifically:
- According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (positions that can be filled by HVAC Systems Technician graduates) is projected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. b
- According to the State of Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (positions that can be filled by HVAC Systems Technician graduates) is projected to grow 15.6% from 2014 to 2024. c
To learn more about the HVAC Systems Technician Program at Dorsey Schools, please contact us by calling 888-422-1188, or click here.
HVAC Systems Technician-Gainful Employment Disclosures
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- a http://www.careersinhvacr.org/Portals/_Appleseed/documents/Executive%20Summary.pdf
- b Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm (visited June 8, 2016).
- c Michigan DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, Long-Term Occupational Employment Projections (2014-2024) Michigan Statewide, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (SOC Code: 49-9021), http://milmi.mt.gov/Portals/137/publications/projectionsdata/LongTerm_OccupationalProj_2024_MI.xlsx (visited July 11, 2016).