Does the U. S. Department of Labor have a crystal ball that can predict the future? No, but they do have programs that can track and predict job trends, now and for the near future. Historically they have been very accurate. If you are looking for a new career, one that has a future, doesn’t it make sense to see where the jobs will be going forward?
According to the most recently published “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014 – 2015 Edition” (commonly referred to as the OOH) published by the D.O.L.’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Candidates familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting skills will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to work on complex new systems. 1
Because HVACR systems are increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship.2
HVACR mechanics can expect to earn a median wage of approximately $43,640 annually.3
In the case of HVAC Technicians, the OOH stressed the importance of proper training for each profession:
A growing number of HVACR technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last from 6 months to 2 years and lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree.
High school students interested in becoming an HVACR technician should take courses in shop, math, and physics. Knowledge of plumbing or electrical work and a basic understanding of electronics is also helpful.4
Certification can also play an important role in getting you that new career:
Certifications can be helpful because they show that the technician has specific competencies. Some employers actively seek out industry-certified HVACR technicians.5
For those interested in becoming a Home Appliance Technician, the job prospects are also look good. Although the OOH no longer projects job trends for Appliance Techs, the number of employers seeking technicians has grown substantially, and demand for techs remains high.
At Bay State School of Technology, all the preparation you need and the certification testing are included in the cost of your course. For HVACR and Appliance Techs we offer certification training and testing through the
Professional Servicers Association. We’ll give you the skills and the credentials you’ll need to excel in your new career.
Because of the increased use of portable data devices by all technicians, a powerful tablet computer for each student is also included in the cost of tuition. We’ll show you how to use your tablet to access manufacturer’s websites for wiring diagrams, specifications, and troubleshooting help. You’ll also learn to hook your tablet to our state-of-the-art wireless system, and receive information directly from the smart boards in every classroom, right onto your laptop.
Bay State has recently received international recognition from the Professional Servicers Association (PSA) that it has met the stringent requirements of the organization and is now officially recognized as an industry-accredited training facility. Bay State is only one of three schools in the United States that has received this approval.
The approval process involves measuring the curriculum of the school against the industry competencies that are developed and maintained by the National Coalition for Electronics Education (NCEE), which is comprised of manufacturers, field service company employers and appliance service trade associations (such as PSA) that have a special interest in maintaining current skill standards for the industry. Each year a national committee meets to delete obsolete technology and add new technologies that may have developed with new products in the marketplace, and reviews the competencies.
Once the training facility is confident that it meets industry requirements set forth in the competencies, the PSA graduate exam (GCAP) can be employed to measure the skills of the graduating technicians.
BSST is proud to announce that over 100 students received certification as Graduate Technicians in the last two years.
In our Major Appliance/Basic Electricity course, you’ll learn about electricity and how it works; you’ll learn how to read a wiring diagram and how to use it to diagnose problems. You will work on real washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwave ovens and other appliances, as you learn how to repair them.
Bay State’s Domestic Refrigeration course covers the basics of refrigeration theory in terms of home refrigerators and air conditioners. You will learn about all the major components of a refrigerator and actually put them together to make your own fully-functional unit from scratch. In addition we’ll train you for the Freon Certification test, required when handling refrigerant gases.
HVACR will immerse you in the basics of larger refrigeration and cooling units, electronic controls, ice machines, heat pumps, and both Massachusetts Refrigeration and Electrical Codes.
Our Electronics Technician course features instruction in basic electricity, basic electronics, basic digital, micro processors, personal computers and networking, wireless communications, High Definition TV, and Introduction to Renewable Energy Resources.
Our graduates go on to work all over the United States for both small and large companies. With your Bay State Tech training, you, too, might go to work for GE, Sears, Whirlpool, and others.
Your Bay State Tech training will teach you how to go from having a job to having a career. We can teach you to have a productive and rewarding life working as a technician in the Major Appliance, HVACR, or Digital Electronics field. And there is no prior experience required!
Classes start this month, so call Bay State School of Technology today and ask for a brochure, and schedule a time to come to the school. Stop by during our May Open House Week from May 5th through 9th. You’ll be able to:
- Tour the school and visit the classrooms, and sit in on a live class.
- Take the Entrance Examination at no cost and no obligation
- Talk to our Admissions Counselors about the different Program options
- Visit the Financial Aid office to answer any funding questions you might have
- Stop by the Student Services office to see how we work with students and employers to produce effective resumes and assist with job placement
Bay State School of Technology is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, and our courses are approved by Massachusetts Dept. of Employment and Training, Section 30, and also approved for Veteran’s Training by the Veteran’s Administration.
For more information on our courses, please visit our website at:
or call us at 888-828-3434 for more information today.
Bay State School of Technology
225 Turnpike Street (Route 138)
Canton, MA 02021-2358