Are you looking for a career where:

  • Each day is different?

  • You're always learning about the latest technologies?

  • There's a high level of job security?

  • The day-to-day work is hands-on?

Becoming an HVAC technician might be right for you!

What exactly is an HVAC technician?

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HVAC stands for:

  • Heating

  • Ventilation

  • Air Conditioning

An HVAC technician installs, services, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and ventilation units.

HVAC systems help regulate indoor temperatures and filter the air within a building to keep it clean.

Where would I find an HVAC technician?

HVAC technicians work in lots of different settings. You can find them in:

  • Homes (residential HVAC)

  • Businesses (commercial HVAC)

  • Factories and plants (industrial HVAC)

What day-to-day duties might an HVAC tech have?

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Job duties will depend on where you work, but HVAC technicians typically:

  • Install, test, and maintain HVAC systems

  • Troubleshoot systems when they aren't working as expected

  • Repair or replace system parts

  • Communicate with customers

  • Make adjustments to HVAC systems

  • Sell HVAC systems or service contracts

Let's Talk Money

How much can I earn?

Flaticon Icon In the United States, the average base salary for HVAC technicians is $57,749 (USD).

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average base salary for HVAC technicians is $54,740 (CAD).

These amounts don't include benefits and possible overtime pay.

You'll love being an HVAC technician if you...

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  • Want the ability to work anywhere. Everywhere needs HVAC technicians!

  • Are interested in opportunities to specialize. From commercial to residential, there are many different areas you can work.

  • Like the idea of helping your community feel comfortable in all seasons and breathe clean air.

HVAC might not be right for you if you don't like...

  • Physically demanding work and working outside in extreme temperatures (both hot and cold weather).

  • Confined or dark spaces.

  • Being on-call at times or working long hours to finish a project.

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How do I become an HVAC technician?

"I think I might be interested. What do I need to do?" you might be asking!

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You'll need to:

  • Graduate high school or earn your GED

  • Attend trade school or community college, or train on-the-job as an apprentice

  • Complete a paid 2-5 year apprenticeship (depending on location)

  • Obtain a license as an HVAC technician (depending on location)

Expert check!

Who might consider a career as an HVAC technician?

A. Sam 👨 enjoys problem solving and fixing things. His grandpa taught him to repair items around the house. Sam is afraid of tight spaces.

B. Arif 🧑🏾 loves working outside no matter the weather. He's interested in a career with good job security that will let him move anywhere.

C. Elise 👩🏻 worked in her dad's auto body shop as a teenager, so she's familiar with all tools. Elise is looking for a career where she can train on the job.

D. Juan 👨🏽 is looking for a career where he can help people in his community. He definitely wants a 9:00-5:00 job with no overtime hours.


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