Are you naturally good at fixing things? When you were a kid, did you like to take things apart to see how they worked? Have you ever been called “handy” by friends or family? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider a career where you can do what you do best. Here are three career possibilities for people who are mechanically inclined and like working with their hands.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technician

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians are the folks who keep us cool in the summer and toasty warn in the winter. HVAC technicians install and repair heating and air conditioning units. They are also trained in the mechanics of air flow, electronics, and refrigeration. HVAC technicians work to get maximum efficiency out of existing units, and may also test equipment to make sure that heating and cooling systems are performing safely and in accordance with EPA standards.

While some HVAC technicians are self-employed, many work for all kinds of companies. The vast majority of buildings from apartment complexes to tire factories rely on some form of climate control, so an HVAC technician could work almost anywhere. Employers are literally struggling to fill HVAC technician positions as there is a gap between the number of people who are trained in this field and the number of jobs that exist. In 2008, HVAC technicians made an average $42,240 per year, which comes out to an average of $20.31 per hour.

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Plumbers repair and install all kinds of plumbing, from piping in factories to bathtubs in residential homes. Being trained as a plumber means that you’ll always be useful, because we rely on running water and liquid waste disposal in all aspects of our lives. A plumbing program at an accredited career college will train you not only in repair and installation, but also drainage and water systems. People who have training as plumbers may also work as pipefitters or pipelayers.

Plumbing is another career field where employers have trouble filling positions with trained workers. On average, a plumber in 2008 made a salary of $49,200 or $23.65 per hour.

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Electrician courses at a career college will prepare you for a career as an electrical technician or an electrician. You’ll learn about how electricity works, how to safely wire and upgrade homes and businesses, and how to install and repair transformers. An electrician program will also teach you about safety and code, and prepare you to take the electrician licensing exam.

Electricians usually work in either construction or maintenance, and many are self-employed. Those who have taken recent electrician courses in new technology like voice, data, and video wiring should have excellent job prospects, and the creation of new, greener energy plants should also provide many new jobs in the electrical industry. In 2008, electricians made an average salary of $49,890, which comes out to an average of $23.98 per hour.

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