Are you into model building or have named yourself Mr or Ms. Fix It? HVAC Professionals are always piecing things together as they install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Can’t decide between a career in mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC covers it all! Motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures. HVAC professionals can also specialize in specific equipment, such as hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels or commercial refrigeration.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Outlook
Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth, and job opportunities for HVACR technicians are expected to be good.
How to start a Career in HVAC
To begin a career in HVAC, there are typically two career paths in the HVAC field, installation or service. If you are interested in becoming a HVAC Service Technician you will need to enroll in an accredited school program. After completion of the program, you will be able to begin your career as a Maintenance Technician, providing hands on working experience with HVAC equipment. After acquisition of appropriate licenses and gaining industry knowledge you will then proceed on your career path as a Service Technician, focusing on Commercial or Residential, or both.
Technical skills for this profession are offered through colleges, technical schools, industry training or apprenticeship programs where credential and/or degrees can be earned.
- Northwest HVAC/R Association and Training Center – https://www.inwhvac.org/
- North Idaho College – https://www.nic.edu/programs/viewprogram.aspx?landing=33
- Perry Tech – https://www.perrytech.edu/programs/index.html?programid=6
- Spokane Community College – https://scc.spokane.edu/What-to-Study/Hands-on-Building-Trades/HVACR
To begin as an Installer, many companies will hire you and provide on-the-job training as an Installer Helper. Your initial upfront costs to start will be industry specific tools and proper work boots. Installation is usually either Residential/New Construction, Commercial or Retrofit (existing homes.)
Job Hunting during a Pandemic
Opportunities are still out there if job seekers know where to look. Check the websites of companies you are interested in working to see available positions.
Prepare for the Interview
While video interviews aren’t new, they’re likely to be more widely used in the COVID-19 era. Job seekers should expect that at least one round of interviews, and perhaps all of them, will be conducted remotely.
Prepare for video interviews as they are quite different from in-person conversations, be sure to practice before the real interview. Pay attention to your posture, eye contact, tone of voice, sound and lighting quality, and backdrop—all essential details not to be overlooked.
It’s also more important than ever to do your homework about the company you’re interviewing with. Companies really want to see if job seekers have done their research to understand what the company does.
Spokane is the 2nd largest city in Washington, home to over 210,000 residents with a metro population of over 550,000. Due to our low cost of living our cost of living, wages in Spokane are 82% of the national average. Compare Spokane to Seattle where wages 127% the national average, but the cost of living is 37% higher than Spokane!!!
R&R Heating & Air Conditioning has been proudly serving the greater Spokane area since 1985 and continues today as the area’s leading provider of residential, commercial, and industrial heating and cooling solutions, from repair to replacement. From mechanical system design and construction to preventive maintenance programs, including 24-hour emergency repair on all brands, we are uniquely qualified to handle any HVAC needs.
Overview of Benefits at R&R Heating & Air Conditioning
Your health and wellbeing plays an important role in our ability to provide our customers with Total Value Commitment. The overall care of our employees is reflected in the benefit package we have carefully assembled and are proud to offer. Our healthcare benefits differentiate us from other employers because of their affordability, quality providers, and comprehensive coverage.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of all of our team members:
- Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
- Paid Vacations & Sick Leave
- 401K w/Company Match
- Profit Sharing
- Company provided uniforms and technologies
- Professional Development and In-house Trainings
If a career with R&R Heating & Air Conditioning fits your professional goals, apply on our website here and” Join R Team!”