I keep throwing around the term “skilled trades,” and some of you might be thinking: don’t all jobs require skills? To some extent that’s true. But some skills can be acquired pretty easily. The working world is filled with jobs that can be learned well enough for a new hire to perform productively...

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If a career in the trades as a plumber, electrician, or an HVAC tech sounds interesting, you’ve probably started thinking about the education you’ll need as you prepare for your apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are designed to cover a variety of subjects, including math. In fact, much of what you’ll...

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February 20, 2015
Tools of the HVAC Trade

February 20, 2015 Various electronic gauges and instruments are required. As with any other trade, an HVAC technician typically owns his personal set of hand tools that goes with him wherever he may be employed. At the most basic level these include hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, levels, files, tape...

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February 4, 2015
What Do HVAC Mechanics Do?

A large range of work leads to specialization. HVAC may be the most complex of the skilled trades. An HVAC mechanic can be responsible for the installation and maintenance of a wide range of commercial and residential heating and cooling equipment, including heat pumps, furnaces, air conditioners, refrigeration...

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HVAC jobs entail much responsibility.   HVAC is common industry shorthand for Heating-Ventilating-Air Conditioning. Sometimes you’ll see the acronym as HVAC/R, the R standing for Refrigeration. Refrigeration is quite similar to Air Conditioning in technology and training, so for the sake of simplicity...

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