Specialists not subbies: the benefits of becoming a HVAC specialist

Published: 13 July 2020

If you’re looking for a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries, why not become a heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) specialist.

As a key part of Australia’s construction sector, the HVAC industry has more than 18,900 workers and contributes $7.8 billion to the Australian economy every year.

There are exciting career pathways in the HVAC industry that suit a range of skill sets, working preferences and lifestyle options.

For HVAC specialists, there are roles in areas like engineering design and drafting, service and maintenance, fabrication and installation, and commissioning.

All of these specialities work together to keep buildings safe, comfortable and productive for people to live, work and play in.

Here are some benefits to becoming a HVAC specialist:

Develop expert skills as a HVAC specialist

One of the main benefits of becoming a HVAC specialist is developing an expert knowledge of HVAC systems and providing high-quality services.

Due to the complex nature of modern HVAC technologies, customers want to work with specialists who know these systems inside and out.

Clients want experts who they trust to inspect their buildings and systems and deliver quality results each and every time.

If you enjoy problem solving, then a career as a HVAC specialist is for you. For example, mechanical plumbers oversee the installation of HVAC plant and equipment in buildings, however they must also think on their feet and use problem solving and technical skills to tackle issues as they arise.

Take a leading role in the HVAC industry

By becoming a HVAC specialist, you can apply your skills and knowledge to drive change in the industry.

The industry is constantly evolving and adapting to new best practices and approaches to create better ways of working.

You can also improve the experience of the end user by finding new ways to make buildings safer, more comfortable, and better for the environment.

Take mechanical engineers, for example. While these specialists are responsible for the functional design of HVAC systems, they also play a critical part in driving energy efficiency in buildings and protecting the health and safety of its occupants.

Grow your HVAC career faster

HVAC specialists can leverage their expert knowledge and skills to accelerate their professional development.

Specialists hold unrivalled expertise on HVAC systems, so they are typically in high demand.

HVAC specialists can also develop career soft skills, such as stakeholder engagement, along the way to support your career ambitions.

For example, a mechanical draftsperson is expected to develop and manage relationships with various stakeholders, including engineers, suppliers, manufacturers, onsite personnel, project managers, and more.

How the AMCA can help

If you want to become a HVAC specialist, the Air Conditioning & Mechanical Contractors’ Association (AMCA) can help.

The AMCA represents businesses in the HVAC industry and our members support a variety of apprenticeships and traineeships, including electrical, mechanical plumbing, sheet metal, drafting, and refrigeration and air conditioning.

The AMCA offers training for HVAC specialists, including accredited qualifications, short courses, and health and safety training, as well as events.

If you want to learn more about becoming a HVAC specialist, get in touch via our contact page.