The Lone Star College HVAC-R program heats up career options

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LoneStar_HVACDuring Houston’s brutal summers, a person who can repair air conditioners is in high demand – just ask someone whose air conditioner breaks down on a triple-digit summer afternoon.

The National Bureau for Labor Statistics Job Outlook predicts that this field – heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration or HVAC-R technicians – is a growing field, with growth upwards of 25 percent over the next 10 years.

According to the Outlook, approximately two-thirds of the professionals in the industry by the year 2020 will be those who were not in the industry in the year 2010. Currently, the field is like many others involving technical training, especially in the greater Houston area – there are more jobs in the HVAC-R industry than there are people to fill them. The industry is expected to add 3,200 jobs in the Houston area alone (2012-2022).

The median salary for a HVAC and HVAC-R technician in the greater Houston area is $40,270 annually.

Lone Star College offers four levels of training in HVAC-R: HVAC and Refrigeration AAS Degree, HVAC and Refrigeration Commercial Servicing Certificate; HVAC and Refrigeration Residential Servicing Certificate; and HVAC Occupational Entry Certificate.

The HVAC-R AAS degree prepares the individual for a technical service career in residential or light commercial/industrial environmental systems while the certificate prepares the student for basic, entry-level employment in the residential and/or light commercial heating and air-conditioning service industry. The essentials of the mechanical and electrical systems of contemporary air-conditioning and heating systems are addressed throughout the program.

For more information about this promising career, go to LoneStar.edu/Programs.

Source: Indeed.com, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Legislators visit LSC-Conroe Center

Cornyn.BradyU.S. Sen. John Cornyn, right and U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, center, visit with an instructor at Lone Star College-Conroe Center to learn more about how LSC is helping to fill the middle skills job gap. The two legislators visited the CNC machining shop, pictured, and welding classes – two of many programs providing skills to students that are in high-demand in the Gulf Coast region.

Did you know?

Technical-oriented associate degree-holders have first-year median earnings higher than their four-year peers, according to a recent wage data report by College Measures called “Higher Education Pays”.

In Texas, new technical degree-holders earn over $50,000 within a year of graduation, $11,000 more than grads with bachelor’s degrees. Healthcare, construction engineering, and industrial technology top the list of high-paying careers.

Source: CollegeMeasures.org, Higher Education Pays

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