What You’ll Learn During Training
It’s possible to get a degree in HVAC, but you don’t need one to get started. You do, however, need to complete a program taught by either a community college or trade school that provides you with the specific knowledge you’ll need to do your job.
Are you still in high school or just starting? If you’re thinking about a job in this fast-growing field, use the advantage to take math, physics, and chemistry classes. You’ll use this information on the job. Can you take electives like mechanical drawing and shop? It’ll come in handy.
Your HVAC curriculum
Once you move on to either the trade school or community college level, you can expect these courses to be at the core of the program:
You’ll study the principles of refrigeration and learn the basics and applications of refrigeration systems. Most people think these principles apply only to the box in their kitchen. You’ll learn about the physical and chemical laws that apply to heating and cooling systems.
You learn how to design and construct the climate control systems that keep people comfortable in commercial buildings. More often than not, these HVAC building systems are now automated and controlled by software.
You’ll learn how to trouble-shoot and repair residential gas heating systems. You’ll also study how to use and maintain the tools that are specific to this specialty.
You’ll learn how to do load calculations for heating and cooling systems. Remember the “V” in HVAC? It’s crucial to know how to measure and regulate the heated or cooled air flowing through a building. It’s the only way to effectively heat or cool a home or office.