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Wherever there’s air conditioning, ventilation, heating or refrigeration, there are technicians who have installed those systems and who maintain and repair them. The HVACR and HVAC industries represent these types of systems and the machinery that
powers them. Those who have an HVAC technician career work with their hands and use problem-solving skills to find HVACR solutions for their clients.
If you’re considering where to take your career path, you may be interested in a career as an HVAC technician. This industry is full of essential workers who are needed throughout the country to work on important machines and systems. Learn about
potential HVAC technician career path opportunities to see if an HVAC career path might be for you.1
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Sometimes refrigeration is grouped with these categories to form HVACR.
HVACR technicians install, clean, maintain and repair HVACR systems that control the humidity, temperature and air quality in a building. HVACR technicians inspect and test various
components. They communicate malfunctions to customers. They replace or repair defective or worn parts.
HVACR techs provide maintenance recommendations to keep HVACR systems in top working condition. They also need to keep detailed records of the work they’ve performed.
Many people find they enjoy being in an HVAC technician career because they get to move around, solve problems and offer solutions to keep customers happy.
There are diverse HVACR career paths available, depending on the types of systems you’re interested in and how you’d like to shape your daily work schedule. Some HVACR technicians work their way up the ladder with a single employer, eventually
pursuing leadership positions in management and other higher roles.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employers usually prefer that entry-level HVACR technicians have completed postsecondary education or an apprenticeship, since HVACR systems are becoming increasingly complex.
You can complete our HVACR technician program in less than a year. Our HVACR program includes courses on:
Students in our program learn safety procedures, how to use industry tools, how to perform a variety of manual skills, customer relations skills, mechanical and electronic controls, troubleshooting, and more.
In addition to postsecondary education, some employers hire candidates based on their certifications. Any HVACR technician who services, repairs, maintains or disposes of equipment dealing with refrigerants must be certified with the Section 608 Technician Certification from the Environmental Protection Agency. There’s also an R-410A Certification available, which demonstrates a technician has passed the competency requirements to handle Refrigerant 410A.
The North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification is another HVACR certification that confirms HVACR skills competency. Upon graduation, students in our program are prepared to test for all these certifications,
in addition to having taken OSHA 10-Hour Training that focuses on general construction safety, as well as U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Respect in the Workplace training.
There are different potential HVACR career paths available, depending on your interests, expertise, education and work skills.1 These include:
As you can see, the career potential in the HVACR industry is diverse. Whichever area you may be interested in, there are opportunities to get there.
According to the BLS, the median annual salary for HVACR technicians in the United States was $48,630 in May 2021.58 This means half earned more and half earned less.
Also according to the BLS, the top states based on median annual salary for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers in May 2021 were:
Keep in mind that these salaries are not entry level and depend on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
The BLS reports there were 394,100 heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer jobs in the U.S. in 2021. There’s a demand for skilled HVACR technicians. In fact, total HVACR technician employment is expected to exceed 414,000 by 2031.72
While some employment opportunities are more in-demand depending on local resources, HVACR technician work is in demand throughout the U.S. Anywhere that has heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration relies on HVACR technicians.
HVACR career satisfaction depends on your career goals. You have the potential to advance an HVACR career depending on the opportunities in your geographic location, the positions your employer offers and the education and certifications you obtain.
HVACR career success usually requires customer service skills, mechanical skills, physical strength and stamina, troubleshooting skills, and time management skills. If you’re willing to develop these skills, and you pursue the required education and certifications needed for the role, you may find that you thrive in an HVACR career environment.
An HVAC career doesn’t typically require advanced math skills. HVACR technicians do need basic math skills, like the ability to read a tape measure, calculate basic load requirements and use fractions. Those are covered in HVACR technician training, so you’re prepared to enter the field.
If you’re interested in learning more about HVACR training that can help prepare you for an entry-level career in the industry, contact us. We’ll be in touch with information on HVACR technician school.
1) UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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58) The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as HVACR technicians. Estimated annual salary is for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for graduates. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary. Graduates’ achievements vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as HVACR technicians, such as installation technicians and refrigeration technicians. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (49-9021) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $42,100 to $58,670 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled HVACR technicians in North Carolina is $22.76 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $17.96 and $14.56, respectively.
72) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers will be 414,400 by 2031. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2021 and projected 2031, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. The Universal Technical Institute family of schools are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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