Why Become an HVAC Technician?

These professionals ensure that your heating and air systems work properly and provide comfort and air quality in all conditions. HVAC technicians are the reason why you can stay warm in the winter and cold during the summertime with the turn of a knob. For businesses and homes alike, having heating and cooling systems is a luxury and HVAC specialists ensure they’re working properly year round. The HVAC career field is in increasing demand, seeing above average industry growth and provides a great opportunity to consider accelerated job prospects. 

Career Pathways

Becoming an HVAC Technician

Technical College

Diploma program prepares HVAC students for careers in the heating and air conditioning industry and provides basic knowledge, skills, work habits, and practical applications of air conditioning systems required for entry-level employment in today’s air conditioning industry. Depending on the trade school’s diploma program, graduates are also able to receive technical certificates of credit in Air Conditioning Technician Assistant and Heating and Air Condition Installation Technician. Standard pathway to obtaining a technical degree includes:

Meet Education Requirements
High school diploma or GED required
Attend Technical College or Trade School

Minimum of 3 semesters is required

Complete Apprenticeship

Combine paid onsite training with classroom instruction

Continuing Education

Use trade and on-the-job knowledge to obtain additional work licenses

Please note, requirements may vary by State and location. As well, licensure isn’t required to start working in this profession.

Straight to Workforce

Some HVAC technicians learn their trade exclusively on the job, although this practice is becoming much less common. Those who do usually begin by assisting experienced technicians with basic tasks, such as insulating refrigerant lines or cleaning furnaces. In time, they move on to more difficult tasks, including cutting and soldering pipes or checking electrical circuits.

Trade Career Opportunities for HVAC Technicians

HVAC Technician

Trained to install, maintain, and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems, many focus their work on installation, maintenance, or repair. Some technicians specialize in one or more specific aspects of HVACR, such as radiant heating systems, solar panels, testing and balancing, or commercial refrigeration.

Business Owner

Use the skills and experience learned from technical degree, apprenticeship, or on the job training and start a business to become your own boss.

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**Above career path chart shows how you might advance from one job title to another within the trade industry; not all trade pathways are the same and depend on each person’s ultimate goals and job opportunities


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Dual Enrollment

Maximize education and career training by taking courses that earn college and high school credit at the same time.

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