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Become A Hvac Apprentice

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Working As A Hvac Apprentice

  • Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $46,783

    Average Salary

What Does A Hvac Apprentice Do At Lennox

* Assist with on-site preventative maintenance, routine repair and calibration after installation
* Uses technical abilities to maintain systems
* Works in a team-based environment to share information and workload while ensuring customer satisfaction
* Must work in a safe manner on a daily basis and ensure that all safety measures are taken at all times
* Performs other duties as assigned
* Flexibility to work overtime, on-call and weekends required
* QualificationsHigh School diploma or GED equivalentHVAC Trade school graduate strongly preferred achieving 3
* GPA and excellent attendance1+ years in mechanical support role, some hands on HVAC experience preferredEPA certification a plusNATE certification a plusValid Driver’s License and acceptable driving recordAbility to climb laddersModerate lifting (up to 75 pounds)Complete pre-employment drug test and background check processTechnical aptitude to perform maintenance, service, and troubleshoot equipmentExcellent Customer Service SkillsGood Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostic SkillsAbility to complete repairs and required paperworkAbility to work independently and self-scheduleSelf-motivated to complete assigned tasks within time constraintsDriven to succeed and able to work with minimum supervisionPeriodically ‘on call’ for service coverageLocal travel may requiredRequisition #2018
* CategoryService OperationsShift / HoursFirst

What Does A Hvac Apprentice Do At Tradesmen International, Inc.

* Assisting in servicing products and equipment on assigned projects and ensuring customer satisfaction
* Using a variety of hand and power tools, following blueprints or engineering specifications, to mount, assemble, troubleshoot and repair units
* Identifying, analyzing and repairing equipment, instruments and products at a customer's location
* Performing preventive maintenance, site surveys, installations, and modifications as needed or requested by customers, HVAC Field Technicians, or Field Technician Supervisors
* Maintaining stock of inventory, company equipment, and documents all service-related activities
* Determining parts to order for repairs and timeliness of need
* Delivering parts to job sites, as necessary
* Simply put, we're not a temp agency and don't just hire anyone.
* In fact, we're highly selective, committed to hiring only those HVAC Technician Apprentices that have exceptional abilities at their skill level, unwavering reliability, strong work ethic, and a desire to be the best

What Does A Hvac Apprentice Do At Rooms To Go

* Replacing air filters
* Assisting in repair and installation of AC units/systems/ductwork
* Traveling for work, occasionally on short notice
* Working from ladders, lifts, and on the roof
* Working as part of a team to complete new construction projects on time

What Does A Hvac Apprentice Do At BCM Controls Corporation

* Must be able to complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
* Cooperate with other trades on the project to complete the project.
* Communicate with Journeyman HVAC Tradesman, Foreman, Superintendents and Safety Managers.
* Strong working knowledge of job site safety.
* High Standard of integrity and professionalism.
* Working knowledge of all hand and power tools

What Does A Hvac Apprentice Do At Woolley Fuel Company

* Maintain a clean, neat and professional appearance
* Have and maintain professional personal tools

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How To Become A Hvac Apprentice

Because HVACR systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states and localities require technicians to be licensed. Workers may need to pass a background check prior to being hired.


A growing number of HVACR technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last from 6 months to 2 years and lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree. To keep program costs lower, many schools are combining online lectures with in-class lab work.

High school students interested in becoming an HVACR technician should take courses in vocational education, math, and physics. Knowledge of plumbing or electrical work and a basic understanding of electronics is also helpful.


Some HVACR 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.

Some technicians receive their training through an apprenticeship. Apprenticeship programs usually last 3 to 5 years. Each year, apprentices must have at least 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 144 hours of related technical education. Over the course of the apprenticeship, technicians learn safety practices, blueprint reading, and how to use tools. They also learn about the numerous systems that heat and cool buildings. To enter an apprenticeship program, a trainee must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass a basic math test
  • Pass a substance abuse screening
  • Have a valid driver’s license

Apprenticeship programs frequently are run by joint committees representing local chapters of various organizations, including the following:

  • Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Inc.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Mechanical Contractors Association of America
  • Home Builders Institute
  • Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association
  • SMART, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
  • United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, and Service Techs
Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy, handle, or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. To become certified, technicians must pass a written exam specific to one of three specializations: Type I—small appliances; Type II—high-pressure refrigerants; and Type III—low-pressure refrigerants. Many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed to prepare students for the EPA exam.

Whether having learned the occupation through postsecondary education or through other means, HVACR technicians may take several different tests that measure their abilities. These tests require different levels of experience. Technicians with relevant coursework and less than 2 years of experience may take the entry-level certification exams. These exams test basic competency in residential heating and cooling, light commercial heating and cooling, and commercial refrigeration. Technicians can take the exams at technical and trade schools.

HVACR technicians who have at least 1 year of installation experience and 2 years of maintenance and repair experience can take a number of specialized exams. These exams certify their competency in working with specific types of equipment, such as oil-burning furnaces or compressed-refrigerant cooling systems. Many organizations offer certifying exams. For example, North American Technician Excellence offers the Industry Competency Exam; HVAC Excellence offers a Secondary Employment Ready Exam, a Secondary Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology exam, and a Heating, Electrical, Air Conditioning Technology Plus exam; the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute offers a basic test and an advanced test in conjunction with the Home Builders Institute; the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association offers the entry-level Certified Assistant Refrigeration Operator and Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator certifications; and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) offers EPA certification and specialized-knowledge certificates.

Certifications can be helpful because they show that the technician has specific competencies. Some employers actively seek out industry-certified HVACR technicians.

Some states and localities require HVACR technicians to be licensed. Although specific licensing requirements vary, all candidates must pass an exam.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. HVACR technicians often work in customers’ homes or business offices, so it is important that they be friendly, polite, and punctual. Repair technicians sometimes must deal with unhappy customers whose heating or air conditioning is not working.

Detail oriented. HVACR technicians must carefully maintain records of all work performed. The records must include the nature of the work performed and the time it took, as well as list specific parts and equipment that were used.

Math skills. HVACR technicians need to calculate the correct load requirements to ensure that the HVACR equipment properly heats or cools the space required.

Mechanical skills. HVACR technicians install and work on complicated climate-control systems, so they must understand the HVAC components and be able to properly assemble, disassemble, and, if needed, program them.

Physical stamina. HVACR technicians may spend many hours walking and standing. The constant physical activity can be tiring.

Physical strength. HVACR technicians may have to lift and support heavy equipment and components, often without help.

Time-management skills. HVACR technicians frequently have a set number of daily maintenance calls. They should be able to keep a schedule and complete all necessary repairs or tasks.

Troubleshooting skills. HVACR technicians must be able to identify problems on malfunctioning heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and then determine the best way to repair them.

Because HVACR workers often work in and around people’s homes, they may need to pass a background check before being hired.

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Hvac Apprentice Career Paths

Hvac Apprentice
Hvac Mechanic Chief Engineer Director Of Facilities
Director, Facilities & Operations
7 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Operations Manager Assistant Director
Environmental Services Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Field Engineer Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Mechanic Building Engineer Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Building Engineer Chief Engineer
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Maintenance Supervisor Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Operator Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plumber Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Plumber Foreman
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Technician Service Technician Hvac Technician
Lead Hvac Technician
9 Yearsyrs
Hvac Installer Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Lead Mechanic
7 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Field Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Lead Person
6 Yearsyrs
Service Technician Maintenance Technician
Maintenance Technician Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Technician Mechanical Technician
Mechanics Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Hvac Technician Maintenance Supervisor Operations Manager
Plant Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Apprentice Electrician Hvac Technician Facilities Technician
Senior Facility Technician
7 Yearsyrs
Hvac Installer Maintenance Technician
Senior Maintenance Technician
8 Yearsyrs
Maintenance Technician Maintenance Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Foreman
9 Yearsyrs
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Carrier

  • Russian

  • Ukrainian

  • Romanian

  • Dakota

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Hvac Apprentice


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Top Hvac Apprentice Skills

  1. Air Ducts
  2. Furnaces
  3. Hvac Systems
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed air ducts and vents.
  • Installed condensers, evaporators, exhaust flues, air handlers, furnaces, and drains.
  • Helped design and fabricate HVAC systems, Installed these systems in homes and businesses.
  • Find out and repair problems erupting in heaters, refrigerators and other heating and cooling devices and sale of HVAC equipment.
  • Collaborated with other team members on new installs, Preventative maintenance and general repairs.

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