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Aircraft Mechanic - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

According to the Department of Labor, the FAA requires at least 1.5 years of work experience for certification. In addition, most aircraft mechanics have earned a 2 or 4-year degree from an FAA-certified school. Read More...

Auto Mechanic - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

You'll benefit from studying in a degree program where you will receive both classroom instruction and hands-on training. You'll learn every aspect of automotive repair, troubleshooting, maintenance, analysis, and even invoicing. In addition, you'll learn how to navigate the complicated computer programs that most auto mechanics use when making their repairs and analyses. Read More...

Cabinetmaker - Training & Careers
Publish date : Mar 25, 2010

While it is true that most woodworking professions require little or no academic training, if you want to become successful, you should probably go to school first. Making the cabinets, after all, is only half of the actual business. Read More...

HVAC Training - Heating and Air Conditioning

What would those living in Chicago do without heating, those in Miami do without air-conditioning, or bloodHeating and Air Conditioning banks all over the country do without refrigeration? Not a whole lot.

Heating and Air Conditioning / HVAC Training Job Outlook

So not surprisingly, job prospects for heating and air-conditioning mechanics and installers are expected to be good, particularly for those with technical school or formal apprenticeship training.

Because heating and air conditioning often occur from the same systems, the field is commonly reduced to the acronym HVAC. And because our economy increasingly requires climate control, HVAC training is definitely worth looking into.

Heating and air-conditioning systems consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, such as motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats, and switches. In central heating systems, for example, a furnace heats air that is distributed throughout the building via a system of metal or fiberglass ducts.

HVAC technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout the entire system.

Because of the increasing sophistication of HVAC systems, employers prefer to hire those with HVAC training. Many mechanics and installers, however, still learn the trade informally on the job.

Heating and Air Conditioning / HVAC Training

Many trade schools offer 6-month to 2-year HVAC training programs. Students study theory, design, and equipment construction, as well as electronics. They also learn the basics of installation, maintenance, and repair. Good HVAC training programs will offer courses in shop math, mechanical drawing, applied physics and chemistry, electronics, blueprint reading, and computer applications.

HVAC technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair, although they are trained to do both. Some specialize in one type of equipment—for example, oil burners, solar panels, or commercial refrigerators.

Technicians may work for large or small contracting companies or directly for a manufacturer or wholesaler. Those working for smaller operations tend to do both installation and servicing, and work with heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment. Service contracts—which involve heating, and air-conditioning for particular customers on a regular basis—are becoming more common. Service agreements help to reduce the seasonal fluctuations of this work.

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  • Part of the Lincoln Group of Schools.
  • Lincoln Group of Schools made over $12 million available through scholarships to qualified students in 2014.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media.
  • First campus was opened in 1946, now with 22 campuses across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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Remington College , Fort Worth
  • Dallas campus named 2013 School of the Year by the National Association for Health Professionals (NAHP).
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  • Offers flat tuition rate to continuously enrolled students who are on track toward program completion.
  • Campus accreditation by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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Fortis Institute , Baton Rouge
  • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
  • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
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  • Offers more than 150 self-paced, career-relevant programs that are connected to a supportive 24/7 online community of students and faculty.
  • Profiled in many publications such as The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and  Inside Higher Ed.
  • Nearly 25,000 graduates each year.
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  • Founded in 1890 in Scranton, Pennsylvania    
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