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How to Become an HVAC Technician or Plumber

Becoming an HVAC technician or contractor opens the doors to a career with good pay, benefits and growing demand. How do you get a job in HVAC or plumbing? A four-year college or trade school, and some hefty student loans, is one option. But, is there a better way? We think so. That’s why we created the Service Experts Career Academy, where participants get paid while gaining valuable, hands-on HVAC training or plumbing skills from an industry leader.

Skilled trades are important to every community—and always will be. Service Experts Career Academy, or SECA, is the Service Experts in-house HVAC and plumbing apprenticeship program designed to build highly skilled workers in our company. Participants attend free classes while experiencing paid, on-the-job training.

Service Experts Career Academy Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to learn more? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Service Experts Career Academy, what HVAC and plumbing jobs involve—and the many career opportunities in the HVAC and plumbing industries:

  • Apprentices in the Service Experts Career Academy attend classroom training, are inquisitive and ask questions when they don’t understand. They perform hands-on work and receive instructor feedback while carefully observing health and safety procedures.

    In addition, apprentices complete a daily work progress form and should have an interest in developing interpersonal skills.

  • Service Experts Career Academy participants need to have a high school diploma or GED and an acceptable driving record. They must also have:

    • Ability to stand, walk, climb ladders and attic stairs, and to maneuver in attics, basements and crawl spaces to access HVAC units or plumbing
    • Ability to continually climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl
    • Ability to work in a variety of conditions, including but not limited to heat, cold, the outdoors, indoors, dryness, humidity, slippery surfaces, heights and confined spaces
    • Ability to safely climb while carrying up to 30 pounds
    • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and to lift and carry items weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Plumbing and HVAC apprenticeships are programs where participants learn while they work. The Service Experts Career Academy is a four-year apprenticeship program designed to give participants the hands-on training they need to excel in their chosen industry. One of the advantages is it offers participants the right to work and make money while earning their certification.

  • An HVAC technician installs, maintains and repairs heating, ventilation and cooling systems. They must have an in-depth understanding of HVAC equipment such as furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, ductwork and thermostats. They diagnose problems, repair damaged equipment and ensure that HVAC systems run effectively, efficiently and safely.

    This is somewhat different than an HVAC installer, who specializes in the installation of HVAC systems such as furnaces and air conditioners. They assemble and install HVAC equipment and must be familiar with connecting pipes, wiring electrical components and making sure the systems function properly.

  • A plumber installs, maintains and repairs plumbing systems in homes and commercial buildings. This could include working on plumbing fixtures like sinks, toilets and bathtubs, as well as appliances such as dishwashers and water heaters. This requires a deep understanding of how plumbing systems work and how to deliver clean, drinkable water while safely removing wastewater from homes and businesses.

    Plumbers work in homes and commercial buildings, as well as on construction sites. They must be able to correctly diagnose problems and, in some cases, work in collaboration with other trade professions to troubleshoot issues to solve problems and deliver customers an efficient plumbing system.

  • HVAC and plumbing are great careers!

    Plumbers, HVAC contractors, HVAC technicians and HVAC installers earn competitive pay and benefits, and the demand is consistently high. This ensures a stable job market and a wide range of employment opportunities for those in the HVAC industry.

    HVAC technicians and plumbers often enjoy competitive salaries and benefits, making it a financially satisfying career path. And, at the end of the day, those in HVAC- and plumbing-related careers know their work is making a difference in the lives of the homeowners, business owners and workers in whose buildings they ply their trade.

  • HVAC and plumbing are both in great demand. People will always want to have a comfortable atmosphere in their home—and require the services of skilled craftsman like HVAC technicians and plumbers.

    Currently, the estimated skilled labor shortage ranges between 400,000 to more than 500,000 workers. These are openings for high-paying careers in plumbing, HVAC, electrical and other fields that need to be filled as soon as possible. So, there is definitely demand for more workers in HVAC and plumbing!

    As long as summers are hot, winters are cold and pipes get clogged, homeowners will need help from skilled HVAC and plumbing professionals like the team at Service Experts to keep them comfortable!

We’re Invested in Your Success

Service Experts offers a comprehensive employment package designed to support you and your family. As a Service Experts Career Academy student, you will have a competitive pay program that includes incentive pay opportunities for most. There are guaranteed pay increases as you progress through the stages of your HVAC or plumbing apprenticeship and career development opportunities with a progress promotion from within the program. Students also receive a free tool kit valued at $1,300 they can keep upon completion of the program.

Benefits include:

  • Paid time off and company holidays pay
  • Medical/dental/vision insurance programs
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan with company-matching contributions
  • Life insurance for you and options you can elect for your family
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance options that protect you and your family if you’re unable to work
  • Supplemental benefit programs such as legal advice, pet insurance and health advocacy programs
  • World-class training opportunities through our Experts University
  • Career development opportunities

We treat everyone fairly and with respect. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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