HVAC is a high paying and rewarding field. Once trained, you can perform installation and maintenance on heating, ventilation and cooling systems across Vermont! You will be the expert everyone turns to for their climate control and air quality needs. And as we continue moving toward “green” solutions to energy conservation, the education and expertise you provide is going to guide customers in the right direction.
HVAC Jobs and Salary in Vermont
The most basic job in the HVAC industry is the role of technician. While most technicians are trained to do installation and maintenance, they usually specialize in one or the other. There are more maintenance jobs open because installation only happens in a brand new building. The annual starting salary for HVAC professionals in Vermont is around $40,320.
You may want to think about a few things before training to be a heating, ventilation, and cooling systems professional. While you do get to see a lot of different places, you have to be ready to work hard no matter what the weather is like. At times an HVAC tech may also be tucked up in a tight or narrow space.
Vermont’s Educational Requirements for HVAC Technicians
Most states require you to complete a certificate in HVAC technology at a local college or trade school, and Vermont is no exception. You could take classes online. The downside to online learning in this field is the lack of hands on experience. An internship can make you more attractive to employers.
When you’ve finished your schooling, you’ll be ready to take your exams. The AHRI (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute) offer both the ICE (Industry Comptency Exam) and the NATE (North American Technician Excellence) exams. Check the AHRI website to find a local testing site.
Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.