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If you’re looking for a role where you can advance your duties and skill set, where you get to work with your hands every day, and where you’re able to solve complex problems, an HVAC career might be for you. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation
and air conditioning. Often, refrigeration gets included, too. HVACR technicians work on installing, repairing and maintaining these systems.
Each day as an HVACR technician can bring new challenges and accomplishments. Learn what an HVACR career is like to see if it’s something you might be interested in.
Entry-level HVACR technicians typically get postsecondary training or obtain an apprenticeship to learn the skills needed to succeed on the job. When they start their careers, HVACR techs may work on installing, repairing and maintaining heating, air-conditioning,
refrigeration and ventilation systems. They might specialize in one area, like commercial refrigeration, or go out to a variety of homes and businesses each day to work on all types of systems.
HVACR technicians may also specialize in areas like solar panels, testing and balancing, radiant heating systems and other areas. As they gain experience in the field, some HVACR technicians
move up the ladder into management or leadership positions. Others pursue other types of work in the industry, like HVACR engineering. Some HVACR technicians open up their own businesses as entrepreneurs.
With a foundation in HVACR training, you can pursue entry-level roles and prepare to test for HVACR certification that can help you advance your career. From owning your own business to managing projects and teams of HVACR technicians, there are a variety
of career pathways you can pursue in the HVACR industry.1
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most HVACR employers prefer hiring technicians who have some sort of training, whether it’s through HVACR school or through an apprenticeship. That’s because HVACR systems are constantly evolving, so learning in a safe and supervised
environment gets new HVACR technicians up to speed on the technology.
Some of the hard and soft skills an HVACR technician may need to be successful include:
A passion for working with your hands and for finding solutions to challenges can also benefit you as an HVACR technician.
For many HVACR technicians, there’s a legal requirement to obtain certification in order to work with certain types of materials. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that any technicians who repair, service, maintain or dispose
of equipment that may release refrigerants into the atmosphere must become certified with the Section 608 Technician Certification.
When you take our HVACR technician training program, which is coming to UTI, you’ll be prepared to test for the Section 608 Technician Certification, as well as for the following certifications:
Students in our HVACR certified technician programs also take courses that help develop their HVACR hard and soft skills, including courses on basic electricity and motors, refrigeration fundamentals, heating systems, commercial refrigeration and indoor air fundamentals. You can complete the training in less than a year.
HVACR technicians install, fix and maintain air-conditioning, heating, ventilation and refrigeration systems in commercial and residential buildings.
In order to get the knowledge necessary for certification, HVACR technicians either enroll in a school or college that focuses on HVACR training, or they spend years as an HVACR apprentice. Our HVACR technician training program prepares students to test for several industry certifications.
You can complete our HVACR program in just 39 weeks.
If you’re interested in training to become an HVACR technician and pursuing a career in the industry, we can help. We can send you information on our HVACR program to see if HVACR training might fit your career goals.
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1) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures for UTI and www.miat.edu/disclosures for MIAT.
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