The field of heating and cooling is expanding daily, and HVAC trained technicians are in high demand in the San Jose area. There is a plethora of school and training options at your fingertips, right there in the San Jose Area.
HVAC technicians are trained to install, maintain, and repair heating and air conditioning units in commercial, industrial, and residential buildings. Technicians basically have to know everything about the units they are servicing, and be specialized in certain areas of installation or repair. HVAC technicians are able to install and replace parts, sell service contracts, install entire heating and cooling units, and diagnose problems. Technicians can be assigned a site to work at daily, but most technicians make service calls to different locations throughout the day. HVAC technicians have difficult jobs. They work in hot and cold weather, outside and inside, in buildings where the heat or air conditioning has gone out. They often work in cramped positions, trying to reach inside heating and cooling units to reach the problem. HVAC technicians also have to deal with the danger of the electricity and natural gas that powers the units they install and maintain. HVAC technicians in the San Jose area make approximately $60,500 a year according to statistics.
HVAC technicians generally complete courses at trade schools or vocational schools. Depending on the types of program, these can take from six months to two years to complete. There are not only campuses that offer HVAC training programs, but online programs as well. Here are several offline schools that offer HVAC programs through their campuses:
· San Jose City College – 2100 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA
· Laney College – 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA (not far from San Jose)
There are also many online programs offered for HVAC training such as:
· Ashworth College
· Penn Foster Career School
· Lincoln College of Technology
The Financial Aid
Most schools offer some type of financial aid, once you’ve filled out and submitted your FAFSA form. The federal government offers grants and scholarships to first-time college students usually. Student loans are always a financial option for college students, to be paid back only after they graduate.