Thanks for contacting us regarding the opportunity to join our company as a Heating/Cooling technician. Heating and cooling is a growth industry that offers excellent pay, benefits, job stability and security. In order to evaluate whether this is the right opportunity for you, please read the following short narrative or watch the video that explains the advantages and unique features of working as a heating and air conditioning technician.
Unlike other trades, heating/cooling systems are necessities. Therefore, the profession is resistant to economic downturns
All professions are affected to some degree by the ups and downs of the economy. However, the heating and cooling industry is affected much less by economic downturns than other industries. Heating systems are clearly a necessity. In todayís modern world many people consider air conditioning to be a necessity as well.
If the economy goes into a down cycle people may not install track lighting or remodel their bathroom. However, if their heating or air conditioning system breaks down they will repair or replace it since they will always need to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Good heating/cooling technicians are always in demand. If you are knowledgeable in the field you can go virtually anywhere in the world and get a job
Most of the industrialized world use central heating and air conditioning systems in both residential and commercial buildings. These systems run more than the average automobile. In fact, one recent study suggested that in the northeastern part of the United States, the average heating system runs in excess of 1,000 hours a year. In Florida, and other warm parts of the country, central air conditioners run for more than 1,000 hours per year. Whether you live in Maine or Florida, heating and air conditioning systems need annual maintenance and, if they should break down, they need to be repaired quickly and efficiently. Anyone with this expertise is always in demand no matter where they live.
Challenging work/always learning new things
There are basically three different types of heating systems; warm air, hot water (hydronic) and steam. Within these three categories are many variations and different types of equipment. Central heating systems can be powered by oil, gas, electric, wood or coal. Air conditioning is a separate discipline, which is sometimes incorporated into a warm air heating system. New equipment is constantly being developed to use less energy, operate more efficiently and in a more environmentally friendly way. Heating and air conditioning is a challenging field in which you will never be bored.
Independent Work Environment
Heating/Cooling Technicians spend their days out in the field working on customers heating and air conditioning systems. It is an independent work environment and no one is looking over your shoulder.
The Training Program
In order to build a strong building an architect always starts with a strong foundation. Our training program is designed to build a strong foundation and make you into a competent heating/cooling technician on an accelerated basis. The initial training lasts approximately 3 months. There are similar programs you can take at night. However, the training we give you in 3 months is the same training you would get in 18 months of school at night. Our training program is good for you because it allows you to reach a higher pay scale at an accelerated rate. It is also good for us because it rapidly improves your skill level and your value to the company.
Hereís how the training program works. First we send you with an experienced technician for several weeks. The purpose of this initial training is for you to get a feel for what the field is all about and to make sure it interests you. You will also become familiar with the various parts of an HVAC system, what they are called and how they function.
The second part of the training takes approximately 8 weeks. It involves a daily mix of formal classroom training combined with practical work experience. In most cases the formal classroom training is provided through a powerful online program. This program uses experiential simulations and 3-D modeling to illustrate the concepts and make them interesting and enjoyable. The program also includes a textbook, an experienced professional instructor, and additional training materials. The second half of each day is spent out in the field working with an experienced technician. This mixture of theory combined with practical work experience accelerates the learning curve. Once you finish the training program we begin to send you out on your own and slowly bring you along.
During the training period we pay your salary and all costs associated with the online program curriculum. In exchange for this training we ask you to sign a reimbursement agreement. We will be making a big investment in you and the only way we get a return on our investment is if you work for us for a while. Reimbursement agreements are standard practice today and are used by police departments all over the country when they train new police officers. The agreement lasts for three years. If you leave within 1 year you have to reimburse us for the full cost of the training. If you leave within 1 - 2 years, you have to reimburse us for 2/3 of the cost of the training. If you leave within 2 - 3 years, you have to reimburse us for 1/3 of the cost of the training. If you leave after 3 years you owe us nothing.
The purpose of the reimbursement agreement is not to penalize you. If you take a job with another heating/ cooling contractor they will get the benefit of your training and should be expected to pay for part of the cost.
On Call Service Responsibilities
We mentioned earlier that because heating and air conditioning systems are necessities, heating/cooling technicians enjoy unusually good job security. A corollary to this is that when a customerís heating system breaks down we canít leave them without heat for very long. If, for example, a customerís heat goes off on a Friday evening in the winter, we canít leave them without heat for the entire weekend. Therefore, one of the responsibilities of a heating/cooling technician is to participate in a rotation, with other technicians, to handle evening and weekend emergency calls. As a new technician, you are not part of this rotation until you have sufficient training to be able to handle the responsibility. Once you are ready to participate in the rotation you receive 3 significant benefits:
The Application Process
Our philosophy in running our business is that we have 2 main assets, our customers and our employees. Since we canít keep our customers happy without good employees, we view our employees as our most important asset. Consequently, we are very good to our employees and hiring the right ones is very important to us. If after reading this narrative, this sounds like the right opportunity for you, click here and follow the instructions to apply for the position. Depending upon your background and experience we may ask you to provide us with job references and take two screening exams. One exam tells us about your attitudes and values and the other tells us whether you have the mechanical aptitude to do the job.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: HOW MUCH DOES THE JOB PAY?
A: There is no set number, it depends on the experience level and aptitude of the applicant. In general heating/cooling technicians are highly paid and well respected professionals.
Q: IS ANY EXPERIENCE REQUIRED?
A: While experience is a plus it is not a necessity. What we are looking for is an applicant with strong values, a good work ethic and mechanical ability. If you meet those requirements we will teach you everything you need to know.
Q: HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE JOB?
A: Click here and follow the instructions to apply for the position. We will check to make sure you have a clean driving and criminal record and that you are drug free. Depending upon your background and qualifications we may also invite you to take two screening exams that will be administered online and to provide us with job references. We hope you are as excited about this opportunity as we are and we look forward to meeting with you.Play video