Occupational Demand for HVAC Technicians in Wyoming
The demand for HVAC technicians nationwide continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS May 2016), the number of openings in HVAC is expected to grow 15 percent nationally between 2016 and 2026. That’s much faster growth than average.
Factors contributing to the growth of the HVAC industry include:
- New construction which requires the installation of climate control systems
- Complicated, continually evolving systems that require fresh technical skills
- The contemporary focus on reducing pollution and improving energy efficiency
Additionally, older systems must be retrofitted or replaced to meet current standards. HVAC and HVAC/R technicians in Wyoming can work on commercial equipment in hospitals, offices, schools, and stores, as well as residential systems. Equipment may be located outdoors, necessitating repairs in adverse weather conditions. Indoor conditions may be equally unpleasant for technicians when heating or cooling equipment quits working. Some work sites are small, forcing technicians into small or cramped positions. Electrical shocks and injuries related to moving heavy equipment contribute to the high injury rates experienced by HVAC technicians.
According to the BLS (May 2016), 64 percent of HVAC/R technicians work for contractors. Nine percent are self-employed. The remaining workers are employed by schools or retail and wholesale organizations. Technicians usually work full time, with overtime hours during peak seasons.
To illustrate the abundance of openings in Wyoming’s HVAC industry, one need not look further than online job boards. Indeed (November 2017) posted local listings in Jackson, Casper, Cheyenne, and other areas. All positions were for experienced technicians with a variety of skills. For example, the State of Wyoming was looking for someone in the Rock Springs area to maintain towers, antennas, cabling, battery systems, HVAC, and emergency generators. A private company in Jackson wanted someone who could troubleshoot commercial HVAC systems. A Laramie contractor wanted an HVAC technician who’s familiar with wiring diagrams to install new systems. Monster (November 2017) also has listings for mechanics and service technicians. A hospital in Lander, for example, wanted a maintenance mechanic lead to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC/R systems. Another company was looking for someone experienced with facility management, including HVAC maintenance and repairs. Several companies were looking for experienced HVAC service mechanics and technicians. It’s worth noting that the Wyoming Division of Occupational Employment statistics (September 2017) showed that the average wage for all occupations was $48,284 annually and $23.22 hourly in the state. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provided a more detailed outlook on the industry.