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Opportunities in the HVAC Industry Are Heating Up!

by Tracey A. Maine on June 3, 2020

The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry is responsible for installing and maintaining the equipment customers need to keep the temperature of their homes and offices comfortable during all four seasons.

How big in the HVAC Industry?

In 2019, Grand View Research reported that the global market size of the HVAC industry was valued at $130.5 billion. In addition, from 2020-2027, the industry is expected to experience a 6.1% compound annual growth rate.

Because of this in Autumn 2020, Hocking College will begin offering an HVAC degree program. In only two years, students can graduate with an Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning degree.

What Skills Will I Learn in This Program? 

According to Program Manager Scott A. Lindstrom, students who enroll in Hocking College’s HVAC degree program will learn the following design, installation, troubleshooting and customer service skills:

  • HVAC installHow to create manual and computer graphic representations of HVAC/R projects.
  • How to demonstrate basic competence in HVAC/R system analysis, sizing, piping materials and design piping systems.
  • How to test and calculate airflow through system equipment.
  • How to identify electrical safety hazards and quantify these hazards to be able to apply electrical safety procedures.
  • How to assist in designing preventative maintenance programs for various HVAC/R systems.
  • How to analyze, test, troubleshoot, and repair components, circuits and basic industrial systems.
  • How to communicate effectively in a technical environment, including written and oral communication, effective listening and technical presentation.

What About Job Opportunities in HVAC?

Students who graduate from Hocking College’s HVAC degree program will be qualified to fill the following positions:

  • Refrigeration Equipment Technician at plants or restaurants working on equipment such as Pepsi vending machines, coolers and freezers in facilities such as grocery stores and gas stations. 
  • Maintenance Technician in a hospital or college, or any type of manufacturing facility.
  • Residential furnace and air conditioner installation or repair.
  • Counter or warehouse work at one of the many HVAC supply and distribution centers.

Job outlook and salary for HVAC Professionals

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following figures demonstrate the benefits of becoming an HVAC professional:

  • HVAC heating ductsIn 2019, the average rate of pay for someone in the HVAC industry was $23.43.
  • In 2019, professionals in the HVAC industry made a median salary of $48,730 a year.
  • In 2018, there were 367,900 jobs in this field.
  • Between 2018-2028, the job outlook for the HVAC industry will experience a 13% growth rate.
  • Between 2018-2028, there will be 46,400 new positions in the HVAC Industry waiting to be filled.

Why Choose Hocking College?

Students who choose to pursue an Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning degree from Hocking College will reap the following benefits: 

  • Hocking College’s smaller class sizes mean students get more one-on-one time with their instructors.
  • Hocking College is the only two-year school in Ohio to offer both a meal plan and residence halls.
  • Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing to assure students that they have complete college funding-including financial aide-before their classes begin and won’t be faced with any hidden fees.
  • Unlike other HVAC programs in the area, Hocking’s is the only one that offers students the chance to earn an associate degree.
  • Hocking College has professional partnerships with industry employers that can provide graduates with a potential career path.

For more information on Hocking College’s new HVAC degree program, contact Scott A. Lindstorm by email at lindstroms@hocking.edu.

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