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HVAC Contractor  

Job Title and Job Description

HVAC Contractor  

Sales and service of new and existing HVAC (Heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems including hot water, hot air, and heat pumps.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

There are more jobs than people to fill them! HVAC system design, drafting, sales, parts & supplies specialist, installation & diagnosis, sales & service of replacement units for home & commercial use, estimator, project manager, energy conservation. &

What new technology will be important?

More and more systems will be integrated with computers. Particularly with the new types of systems, the technician will need a laptop computer to plug into the system to diagnose and repair equipment. 

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

I prepared for this career through military training and manufacturers training. At the time that I entered the field, there were no college level courses, but now postsecondary institutions like Massasoit offer HVAC through its Applied Tech. Division.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

Enroll in a high school Career and Technical Education program. Math, Science, and English classes are important. Build mechanical skills. Consider 2 or 4 year colleges.  

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

No, I did not even know it existed.  

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 2-Less Important2-Less Important   
Athletic / Physical 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Bilingual 2-Less Important2-Less Important   
Computer Technology 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important   
Creative Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Interpersonal 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
leadership and Supervising 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important   
Logical Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Math 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Mechanical Understanding 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important   
Sales and Negotiation 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Scientific and Experimental 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Social Service / Helping Skills 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Teaching / Instructing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important   
Verbal Communication 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 2-Less Important2-Less Important   
Understanding Yourself 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
Writing 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important   
 

Interview By: HB