Some careers offer an opportunity for personal growth; others have opportunities for specific, in-demand professional skills. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) offers both. But if you want to work at an HVAC company in Hampton Roads, you need more than the desire to do so. You need the skills and education to be noticed by employers.
Numbers Don’t Lie
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects 15 percent job growth in the HVAC industry through 2026. That’s more than double the national average. And opportunity? Virginia has among the best HVAC employment opportunities in the U.S.
What You Need to Know
What do you need to know to get a job with a Hampton Roads HVAC company? Businesses have different work environments, so flexibility and a willingness to learn are good traits. But in a competitive job market, education gives you the edge. Your training as a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning professional may include coursework and training in:
- Accounting ethics
- Air conditioning principles
- Air conditioning systems
- All-weather systems
- Direct digital controls
- Ducting, air movement
- Electricity, circuits, schematics
- Heat pumps
- Heating systems
- Industrial psychology
- Occupational health/safety
- Pipe brazing
- Service management
- Speech principles
- Technical writing
Hampton Roads HVAC Careers
Everyone wants comfortable living and clean indoor air. HVAC businesses can prosper in Virginia because our homes and businesses need reliable HVAC installation and maintenance.
The Hampton Roads, Virginia metropolitan area is a good employment choice for people who want to live and work in a strong community. It’s also a good area in which to work specifically in the HVAC industry; with our weather extremes and proximity to the ocean, this part of the country has it all!
And there’s no shortage of employers in the area who help keep Hampton Roads cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
You Can Be HVAC Employers’ First Choice
If your parents own the company, you might be able to “start at the bottom and work your way up.” But if you don’t have the right licensing requirements in the state of Virginia, you might start at the bottom and stay there. Your employer may be limited by your lack of education and experience – you can only work certain HVAC project levels – so you may be passed over while professionally trained technicians are getting the biggest share of jobs.
Professional training and experience are basic requirements for a long-term career as a HVAC professional. In addition to becoming a qualified HVAC technician, your Associate in Occupational Science (A.O.S.) degree program in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology also offers courses that can fast-track your career in management. Four service management classes are part of the HVAC coursework. You will learn about:
- business management
- customer service
- employee relations
- financial reports
- inventory management
You could become a certified HVAC professional in just 21 months. If your goals include management or even owning your own company, this is the program designed with you in mind!
Today is the Right Time to Get Started
Where do you begin? That’s easy. Connect with an ATI admissions advisor and find out if ATI is the right place for you to learn and develop the skills you need to work in the HVAC field.