To work as a geothermal technician, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- complete a formal training program; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Training to work as a geothermal technician is much the same as training to become a heating and cooling system mechanic. Even though geothermal systems are unique, in that they use heat from below the earth's surface, using air to heat and cool a home involves a similar set of skills to those involved in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning).
As this occupation grows, programs that focus specifically on geothermal energy as opposed to HVAC will be offered. For now, geothermal technicians may complete a formal training program in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology. Professional-technical schools or two-year colleges offer these programs. They grant a certificate or associate degree. In these programs you learn to read schematic drawings, analyze problems, and follow safety procedures. You also learn to determine whether to replace or repair parts.
After completing a training program, most geothermal technicians learn additional skills on the job from an experienced worker. You begin as a helper and do basic tasks. As you gain experience you work on more difficult tasks. Training includes:
- using equipment and tools;
- making repairs; and
- providing customer service.
Training may last up to one year.