JK Mechanical: Industry Related Jobs
October 7th, 2014 by admin
Since 1979, JK Mechanical has worked hard to bring you service from our qualified team members comprised of mechanical engineers, electricians and HVAC installers and technicians. We are here to tell you the ins and outs of the industry, the qualifications you may need, the different positions that are available, and what you should know before you join.
What you need to know
One thing to keep in mind, is that the mechanical industry requires hard work and an ambitious mindset. Those working in this industry need to become self-reliant as well as self-motivated in planning and completing their career goals. Don’t count on having your future mapped out for you—inevitably, it is up to you to manage your career and determine how you can achieve the skills you need for your dream job.
How to get into the industry
Education is the key to obtaining the needed qualifications for this industry. Most entry level mechanical related jobs require secondary education from a community college, trade or vocational school. Taking the next step and obtaining certification for specific skills can also help strengthen your expertise and set you apart in your field. After obtaining a degree, in order to receive your license, you may have to pass an exam that tests your knowledge of the field you are aspiring to enter.
The mechanical industry has countless job opportunities available for you depending on your interests. Here are a few to think about as possible career paths.
Electricians can choose to become a generalist or a specialist, and are expected to be detail-oriented, work meticulously, and be flexible, as they must conduct electrical repairs in a variety of settings. Electricians typically attend a trade or vocational school and enroll in an electrician apprenticeship program, which takes about four years to complete. In order for an electrician to receive their license, they must also pass exams on the National Electrical Code and common electrical knowledge and theory.
HVAC installers and technicians primarily work with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC). They are required to have at least obtained a secondary degree from community college or trade school, where they will learn to install, repair, and replace HVAC units. HVAC technicians should have strong customer service skills, an eye for detail, manual dexterity, and time-management skills. It is a good time to become a HVAC installer—the Bureau of Labor Statistics states that jobs in this field are projected to grow 34% between 2010 and 2020.
With the right mindset and work ethic, you will be on your way to working in the mechanical job industry in no time! Be sure to check out JK Mechanical’s “Join our Team” page to browse the list of current job opportunities available with our company.