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The HVAC/R Industry vs. Automation

How The HVAC/R Industry Stays Secure in the Age of AI


In the world we live in today, advancements in AI and robotics have transformed the way we work. Automation impacts many industries, which results in severe job loss. However, there are trades that continue to thrive, secure from the rise of AI. Among these trades is the HVAC/R industry.

HVAC/R technicians are highly skilled professionals responsible for the installation, maintenance, and repair of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. Despite the advancements in AI, the HVAC industry has continued to grow and the demand for these skilled technicians has increased.

One of the key reasons why the HVAC industry remains safe from automation is the complexity of the work. HVAC technicians must have a deep understanding of various systems, such as electrical, plumbing, and refrigeration, which AI cannot yet replicate. While HVAC systems are a crucial part of achieving energy efficiency in buildings, AI can only control certain aspects of them. Human intervention is still imperative and essential to the proper functioning of these systems.

The demand for skilled HVAC/R technicians is projected to grow in the coming years. As buildings become more complex, HVAC/R systems will become even more critical in achieving energy efficiency. Additionally, HVAC/R technicians are responsible for maintaining the comfort and safety of those inside the buildings they’re servicing by providing preventative equipment care and repair to the systems in place.

A career in the trades, such as an HVAC technician, is an excellent choice for those who want a secure and rewarding career. It is also perfect for people who enjoy working in a hands-on, problem-solving environment. As our HVAC/R Program Manager, Bob Horr, says: with the right training, like the program offered here at NTI, “wherever you land, you’re immediately employable.”

For more information on our HVAC/R program, give us a call today or fill out this form to schedule an appointment with one of our Admissions Advisors!

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