Earn your HVAC License to Achieve Career Satisfaction
You have finally decided it’s time to go from having just a job to enjoying a full-time career and you’re looking at Valley College to help you achieve your goal. Our programs are career focused and we are ready to help you earn your HVAC License.
It won’t take long to make a career change or to get more training for a better job; finishing HVAC Service Training takes a mere nine months then you’re on your way to happily ever after. At Valley College in Martinsburg you will receive hands-on training and with the guidance and support of a seasoned professional you’ll learn the skills you need. We have on-site workshops where you’ll get your hands dirty and put what you’re learning to the test. That doesn’t mean you won’t spend time in the classroom. In fact, since learning about heating and air conditioning repair is very technically oriented the time spent in a classroom is a necessity. And you’ll turn right back around and be in the workshop again to get practical experience on genuine industry equipment.
HVAC Service Training
Our program is facilitated by HVAC professionals who have years of on-the-job experience and they are willing to impart that knowledge into you. You will receive up-to-date skills that are necessary to know while working in the field and that will ultimately help you succeed at your new profession. During your training there will be focus put on some key areas: blueprints and plans, heating and boilers, air conditioning, safety and handling regulations, and commercial systems.
When you’re working with an HVAC system it involves being responsible for the elimination of odors, dust, carbon dioxide and airborne bacteria, and replenishment of oxygen. Maintaining heating and ventilation is necessary to provide a safe working and/or home environment for your clients by maintaining the proper air circulation and removing moisture to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.
Once your training is complete you will be a technician with the ability to install, repair and maintain heating and air conditioning systems and that includes refrigeration systems. As a technician you can specialize in commercial or residential systems in numerous areas that include: installation, air conditioning and air conditioning repair, maintenance, heating, and refrigeration.
In addition to your training, you will have someone available to you for career development and guidance; we don’t just dismiss you after training without direction; we point you toward the right path. The professional support you receive will be essential in helping you to transition from a student to a professional working in the field. You’ll enter your work environment feeling fully prepared to tackle your first assignment and many more after that.
If you understand that air and heating repair is a precarious job and that it’s a line of work requiring specific expertise then you are well on your way to understanding what to expect. Keep in mind you may spend a lot of time in small, hot, uncomfortable spaces or, to the other extreme; you may be doing a job during the winter in an unheated building. But, most importantly, you’ll enjoy the rewards of your work. During training, you’ll learn how to take proper precautions to prevent burns and shocks, and how to deal with muscle fatigue and strains. It can be a difficult job and it requires a huge amount of physical and mental stamina, but you will still find it rewarding. While on the job you are expected to foresee issues and troubleshoot any problems, but you’ll be at ease performing those duties because you will have already learned the proper skills to think critically.
The typical day for a heating and ventilation professional
There are a variety of responsibilities you will be expected to perform during a regular work day. These include:
- troubleshooting and repair
- application of local HVAC codes
- technical support to fellow technicians
- collaboration with engineering and sales departments for developing resolutions
- design and install wire
- overtime and after-hour calls
- outstanding customer service
Speaking of customer service, you’ll need to display professional skills when interacting with people. Since clients have their choice of what companies to choose for an HVAC expert, you will want to stand out from the rest by giving each customer the proper attention. Take time to listen, respond in an appropriate manner, carry yourself professionally, and offer solutions for any issues or questions the client has. That’s all a part of offering exceptional customer service. If you master this skillset you can potentially move into the sales or marketing departments or sales management, if you desire.
You can find additional information about our HVAC School by perusing the program information on this site. We know it must be very exciting to be one step closer to your HVAC License and your new career.