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.
Vocational school, associate's degree or similar experience
Education & Training
Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.
Explore This Career
Try it before you buy it!
Job shadow on an HVACR installation or repair.
The Local Advantage Learning Pathway
Northwest Education Services Career Tech Center: Electrical Occupations
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!
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
Wage Range & Median 10-County Region
Annual Hires Regionally
Real World Career Pathways
It doesn't have to be a straight shot! Hear from people who have taken unique pathways.