Skilled Trade Jobs That are in Demand in Virginia for 2017

Why a Skills-Based Education Could Give You the Career You’re Looking For Why do most people go to college? Nine times out of ten, the answer is probably “to make more money.” Fair enough, but what kind of college? Does it have to involve ivy-covered buildings? What kind of degree? There are plenty of them  [...]

Hampton Roads’ Nexgen HVAC Services Hires ATI Graduates

For more than a decade, David Stockburger worked in and around the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) industry. A born troubleshooter, working as a technician came naturally and he quickly excelled. Looking for his next challenge, David decided it was time to become his own boss and so he started his own company. In November  [...]

How Much Does an HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic Make in Virginia?

In 1771, John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, was appointed to be the Royal Governor of Virginia in Williamsburg. Already governor of New York, Lord Dunmore sent a grievance to the King of England, complaining about, among other things, Virginia’s summer heat. Although Lord Dunmore left power centuries ago, his observation on Virginia’s stifling temperatures  [...]

4 Ways Green Technologies are Changing HVAC Jobs

Today’s heating and air conditioning business climate is constantly evolving.  From changing building codes, stricter enforcement of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, and updated equipment technologies, HVAC technicians and HVAC businesses must evolve along with a rippling business climate.  Of course, the movement toward green technologies and green energy is affecting contractors globally, and tighter EPA regulations on HVAC  [...]

Finding a Trade School for Veterans: 5 Questions to Ask

As a military veteran, you might be looking to use your GI Bill to get an education and create better career opportunities. If you’re eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you can get as much as full coverage of your tuition and fees, money for supplies and books, a monthly housing allowance, and more. The tough  [...]

6 Practical Pointers for New HVAC Service Technicians

Your first solo service call can seem a little daunting, but fear not.  You can comfortably enter into a service situation with the confidence of a seasoned professional, even just starting out.  Being polite, remembering your progressions as a technician, and making a confident diagnosis of an HVAC system are all necessary traits of a  [...]

5 Clever Ways Technology is Changing the Role of HVAC Technicians

The ancient Romans had public baths fed by springs and heated beneath the floors by open spaces (hypocausts) with wood-fired furnaces (prafurniae). In large baths, these wood furnaces consumed entire forests of trees, since the Romans kept their baths open seven days a week. More than 2,100 years later, many of our homes use the  [...]

How to Become a Heating and Refrigeration Mechanic in 3 Easy Steps

Modern technological advancements have reshaped the HVAC-R industry. Today’s equipment can connect with tech-savvy thermostats to alert residents immediately of any issues and new eco-friendly units are more attractive than ever. These improvements have led to an increased demand for knowledgeable HVAC-R technicians who’re adept with the latest equipment and can evolve with technology. This all leads up  [...]

Trade School vs. College: Which Should I Choose?

John Venn invented his Venn Diagram in 1880. The diagram is a classic organizing tool in which two items are compared, one existing in a left circle, another existing in a right circle, and their commonalities existing in the overlap. We can use it even in this computer-driven world to compare two ideas: attending trade  [...]

12 Killer Scholarships & Grants for Trade School Students

You might think that scholarships for trade school are hard to find. This is not the case; most states have vast listings of locally available scholarships, lending sources and grants that can be used for vocational schools. Finding an accredited, reputable trade school gets you part of the way to success; locking in a money  [...]

HVAC Training Courses: The Ultimate Success Guide

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) technicians are skilled tradesmen that specialize in the installation, maintenance, and repair of HVAC systems. These systems provide heating and cooling for residential and business properties and often have commercial refrigeration applications. Most states require technicians to obtain a license before providing HVAC services. This is not a field where  [...]