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Is Becoming an HVAC Technician for You?

Almost every building has heating and air conditioning units, and it is the job of HVAC Technicians to take care of them. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air condition, and as an HVAC Technician your work keeps all those services running smoothly.

You might also be known as an HVAC Installer or an HVAC Mechanic, and could find yourself specializing in one area such as air conditioning or servicing all areas. As a Technician, you could both fit fix and maintain units, but as an Installer your job would focus on system set up.

We all know how it feels when the heating or air conditioning goes wrong out just when we need it is needed most. This means everyone people will be happy to see their HVAC Technician show up to solve the issue. But it this also might mean you  work on evenings or weekends when dealing with emergency repairs.

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$ 29,000 - $ 81,000
$ 51,000
37,170+
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When there’s a problem with the heating or cooling, everyone's happy to see the HVAC tech arrive. (Credit: sturti/iStock)
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A Day In the Life

Many HVAC companies offer paid on-the-job training, so you don’t have to pay to learn a trade. Just ask Anthony Strada, who is busy installing air conditioners in homes in Sanford, Florida. “You’re generating income out of the gate while you’re learning a very valuable skillset,” he says.

Learn more about Anthony’s story.

Job Responsibilities
  • Install and repair pipes for water, gas, or other services
  • Interpret blueprints for pipe laying
  • Assemble fittings and valves
  • Install fixtures and appliances and supports for pipes and equipment
  • Inspect and test plumbing systems for leaks and problems
  • Prepare bids
Education + Training
Get started

Get Started

You’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent and a driving license is often useful too,

Learn on the job

Learn on the Job

Find an HVAC apprenticeship through an employer these which generally last for 6 months to 2 years.

Qualifications

Get your Qualifications

Complete a training program, get your state license and test for qualifications such as the EPA certification.

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Enjoy Job Security

Advanced certification can create further opportunities which could include working on specific types of equipment from certain manufacturers.

HVAC Technician License and Certificate Requirements

You may need a state license before you can begin working as a HVAC Technician in your state, but most states have different requirements, license fees, and application forms. The good news - we make it super easy for you to find what you need to get your HVAC Technician License. Enter your zip code to get started.

HVAC Requires:

Problem Solving

Problem solving ability

Communicate

Communication and listening skills

Heavy materials

Handling heavy materials and tools

Stamina

Stamina and flexibility

Hands

Hands-on work

Math

Basic math knowledge

Machinery

Operating machinery

Safety

Safety-consciousness

HVAC Technician Training in Your Area

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HVAC Certificate

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)

HVAC, A.A.S

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)
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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, A.A.S.

Manhattan Area Technical College
Manhattan (153.6 Miles)
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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Certificate

North Arkansas College
Harrison (157.4 Miles)
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Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Certificate of Proficiency

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Harrison (157.4 Miles)
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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Certificate of Proficiency

University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Morrilton (212.8 Miles)
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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology Technical Certificate

University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Morrilton (212.8 Miles)
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Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology, A.A.S.

University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Morrilton (212.8 Miles)
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HVAC Troubleshooting Workforce Development

University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Morrilton (212.8 Miles)
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Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology, A.A.S.

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
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Erin Izen is Director of Workforce Development and Military Relations at The Home Depot. She has seen some big changes in the construction trade in recent months.

“The opportunities in construction now are unprecedented," she says. "There are lots of options, so you can always find a training program that suits your lifestyle. There will be millions of jobs open in these roles in the next eight years.”

Read more about the opportunities in construction and why she's such an advocate for trade jobs.

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