FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - It's a trade that requires maintenance year round and is something that's in almost every building. We're learning more about the HVAC program at Ivy Tech in this installment of Skilled To Work.
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, and it's something you've most likely used. Frank Garro with Ivy Tech says it's a trade that has stability.
"It's not just a trade that has spurts of growth, but in this industry, in the mechanical piping industry, was have sustained growth. So it's not something that fluctuates very much. It's something that we always need."
Garro says the jobs in this industry vary widely and that it's not just a person driving around in a white truck. Garro says the HVAC industry is expected to grow at about twice the rate of the national economy.
"The jobs that people get in this trade are jobs that can't be replaced by automation and they can't be shipped overseas. So there's a certain amount of job security involved in that and we always need skilled tradesmen."
Garro says the HVAC industry is centered around applied science, saying there's a ton of science and physics involved in what the industry does on a daily basis.
"One of the things I like about the service industry is the variety. You day by day run in to different problems, different situations that really test your troubleshooting abilities. So here at Ivy Tech, the focus of our program is to develop solid foundational training on concepts of how these systems work and once you learn the basic foundational concepts, you can apply those fundamentals to almost any type of system."