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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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$ 28,000 - $ 78,000
$ 49,000
33,660+
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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
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 FL. “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 trade school program in about 18-24 months and test for qualifications such as the EPA certification.

Rocket

Enjoy Job Security

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

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

Coordinates

HVAC, A.A.S

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)

HVAC Certificate

Neosho County Community College
Chanute (42.2 Miles)

Climate and Energy Control Technologies, A.A.S.

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

Climate and Energy Control Technologies Certificate

Wichita State University Tech WSU Tech
Wichita (94.8 Miles)

HVAC Apprentice Certificate

NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Bentonville (99.2 Miles)

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology, A.A.S.

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
Okmulgee (101.9 Miles)

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (134.2 Miles)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology, A.A.S.

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology Certificate

Johnson County Community College
Overland Park (137.5 Miles)

Heating & Refrigeration Certificate

Kansas City Kansas Community College
Kansas City (149.6 Miles)

HVAC Advanced Certificate

Metropolitan Community College (MO)
Kansas City (149.7 Miles)
Ask the Expert
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Ask the Expert

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 has this to say about skilled trades, “The opportunities in construction now are unprecedented. 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. Unlike some jobs, their tasks can’t be automated.”

Read more.

Find HVAC Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

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Brady Trane Service, Inc
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Posted 4 months 1 week ago

HVAC Technician

EMCOR Group, Inc.
Mchenry ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months ago

HVAC Service Technician

Comfort First Heating Cooling
Greensboro ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 1 week ago

HVAC Technician

Pearce Services
Tulsa ( 66.5 ) Miles
Posted 1 week 1 day ago

HVAC Mechanic II (Maintenance)

Wood PLC
Tulsa ( 66.5 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Install Apprentice HVAC

Custom Services
Broken Arrow ( 73.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

HVAC TB Journeyman Mechanic (Union)

Johnson Controls, Inc.
Broken Arrow ( 73.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago
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