Install or repair heating, ventilation, and central air conditioning and refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces and heating stoves in all types of buildings. In addition to the shortage of all types of skilled tradespeople in the area, consumers are replacing older, less efficient and healthy systems with new green models, increasing the demand for HVAC technicians!

Make a Difference

A Typical Day

  • Repair or service heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, such as by changing filters or thermostat technology, cleaning ducts, or refilling non-toxic refrigerants.
  • Connect heating or air conditioning equipment to fuel, water, or refrigerant source to form complete circuits.
  • Study blueprints,  to ascertain the configuration and ensure the proper installation of components.
  • Lay out and connect electrical wiring between controls and equipment, according to diagrams. 
  • Repair or replace defective equipment, components, or wiring.

Recommended Credentials

Vocational school, associate's degree or similar experience

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College:
Construction Technology Program HVAC/R Technology  or Electrical Technology

Elsewhere in Michigan


Kirtland College: HVAC/R Degrees 

Ferris State University: HVACR  (Top national program!)

Mid Michigan College: Facilities, Heating, Refrigeration and AC (HRA) 

Explore This Career

Try it before you buy it!

Job shadow on an HVACR installation or repair.

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center: Electrical Occupations 

Pathway 2

Attend Northwest Michigan College for Construction Technology: HVAC/R Technology

You can go straight to apprenticeship, but having a degree increases your employability and shortens your apprenticeship hours!

Pathway 3

Get an apprenticeship to become a certified journeyman through U.A. Local 85 or with employers like Precision Plumbing and Heating Systems!


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • A/C Tech 
  • HVAC Installer 
  • HVAC Mechanic

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

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Employed Regionally

In 2021 (10-County Region)

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2021

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Real World Career Pathways

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