HVAC Technician Training

HVAC is the acronym used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and identifies a field where a technician installs, repairs, maintains, or sells the equipment associated with it. There is a variation of this trade known as HVAC/R where the R stands for refrigeration and technicians with this specialization can do all of the same activities on refrigeration equipment.

Use our in-depth search tool below to help you find the best HVAC training school for your new career. Our database includes over 3000 ground schools or campuses, as well as thousands of online programs. This helps you ensure you find a rewarding education.

It is vitally important to be informed!
Be sure to request information from more than one school in order to compare which program is best for you.

1. Select Your State Below For Full School Listings OR
2.
Complete The Simple Search Request Form


More Popular HVAC Schools

Matching School Ads
All-State Career can train you for an exciting career in the trucking industry. Prepare for a lifetime of job security, good income and benefits, and more. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs:

  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (Baltimore Only)
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (Pittsburgh)
We Are Focused On Your Success!
 
At South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT), we are focused on one thing - preparing you for the career you want by providing you with the skills and knowledge. You’ll find a supportive learning environment and career-focused training that is designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on training to succeed.
 
 
Business
  • Business Studies
Health Care & Wellness
  • Dental Assisting
  • Medical Administrative Assisting Technology
  • Medical Assisting
  • Professional Massage Therapy
Skilled Trades
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Combination Welding
  • Diesel Heavy Truck
 
Our Campuses 
STVT offers five convenient locations to get the training to start or advance your career. We’re located in:
 
STVT - Brownsville
2144 Central Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
888.822.4046
 
STVT - Corpus Christi
2000 S Padre Island Dr.
Corpus Christi, TX 78416
888.822.4046
 
STVT - McAllen
2400 W Daffodil Ave.
McAllen, TX 78501
888.822.4046
 
STVT - San Antonio
734 SE Military Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78214
888.822.4046
 
STVT - Weslaco
2419 E Haggar Ave.
Weslaco, TX 78599
888.822.4046

Programs:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration - Diploma
Locations: Corpus Christi

Fortis Institute can give you the skills you need to train for a career in the healthcare field.

* Programs vary by location

* Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information


Programs:

  • HVAC
  • HVACR
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
  • And more...

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it. From the moment you enter ourschool, to graduation and beyond, we are right there with you.

Programs:

  • HVAC Technician (11-month diploma program)
  • Electrician

You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College. Our accelerated Associates Degree, and Certificate programs are designed to help you complete your education as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We provide students not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

Programs:

  • Certificate - HVAC
Locations: AnchorageYakimaPasco

Sullivan University is Kentucky's largest private college or university, offering higher education for people with higher goals. At Sullivan University, we focus on in-demand programs that lead to successful careers. Whether you're a high school student considering college for the first time, an adult returning to school or someone seeking professional development, you'll be surprised at the variety and range of alternatives Sullivan University offers. 

Programs:

  • HVAC Certificate
Locations: Louisville

Get Career-Relevant Training with Platt! 

At Platt College, we encourage our students to follow their passions, wherever they may lie, to find a career they love. You’ll find a supportive learning environment and career-focused training designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on training to succeed.

Business

  • Business Studies

Culinary

  • Culinary Arts
  • Pastry Arts

Health Care & Wellness

  • Dental Assisting
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing

Skilled Trades

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
  • Combination Welding

Programs:

  • Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration - Diploma
Locations: TulsaOklahoma City

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln Tech. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus.

Programs:

  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Electrical/Electronics
We've been producing top graduates for more than 50 years!

WTI's success and longevity is due to its commitment in providing its students with the latest information and technology. It does so by continually upgrading its curriculum, lab instruction and instrumentation, and by collaborating with professionals to keep apprised of industry developments.

Programs:

  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Locations: Joplin

REACH HIGHER, GET HIRED

Take the step to get a new career today

 

SPARK SUCCESS WITH SCI

Southern Careers Institute has maintained a tradition of career training for over 50 years in Texas with campuses in Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio & Online courses available to anyone, anywhere.

 

At SCI, we have made it our mission to provide our students with the training they need to be successful in a new career. We offer career training in Medical, Business, Skilled Trades, Beauty, & Technology programs. These certification-based programs are designed to make our graduates some of the most marketable job candidates.

 

We are Texas born, Texas proud.

Programs:

  • Electrical Technician
Locations: BrownsvilleWaco

HVAC Technician at a Glance

HVAC Technician TrainingOther Job Titles: HVAC Service Technician, HVAC Installer, HVAC Specialist, Air Conditioner Tech, HVAC Mechanic

Salary Range*: $26,000-$68,000; average $43,000-$44,000

Education/Training Required: Post-secondary education in a certificate program, 2-year associates degree program, or 4-year bachelor’s degree

Prior Experience Required: up to 5 years apprenticeship required for some certifications and state licensing

Desired Skills/Aptitude: Mechanical aptitude; high school level courses in math, computer science; good physical condition; written/verbal communication skills; knowledge of basic building construction

Certification/Licensing: Several types of certification depending on specialty area; licensing depends on state requirements

Locations with Best Opportunities: Alaska, New Jersey, Connecticut; Metropolitan areas of New York, Tampa, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Chicago

Employment Outlook: Excellent through 2020

Opportunities for Advancement: can move to sales or supervisory positions; can seek additional specialization several areas such as refrigeration, system testing and balancing, and green/sustainable technology

What an HVAC Technician Does

An HVAC technician’s duties are many but can be classified in these broad categories:

  • Installation
  • Repair
  • Maintenance
  • Upgrades
  • Sales

HVAC technicians install air conditioning units, heaters, and the ductwork required to distribute and feed the temperature controlled air throughout a building. Additionally, they install the electrical controls for these units at locations where the building’s residents can access them. Installation requires that a technician be able to follow blueprints so that equipment and ductwork is installation is done to specification.

Since equipment changes from year to year, they perform upgrades as required. This is especially true as building and home owners look to make their units more energy efficient.

They also do all types of repairs and maintenance associated with this equipment. These duties include:

  • Checking equipment for leaks
  • Making adjustments to burners and blowers
  • Checking all fittings
  • Testing thermostats and other controls
  • Running tests to check for peak operating efficiency
  • Safety tests to detect for carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide
  • Any other checks per equipment manufacturer’s requirements
  • Replace any defective equipment

An experienced technician may also work for an HVAC equipment retailer or wholesaler as a sales representative. The experience enables this person to recommend the best solution for the needs of the various building or home owners.

Tools of the HVAC Trade

The typical tools of the HVAC trade allow technicians to measure, cut, solder, and test the equipment that is either being installed or repaired. These tools include pressure gauges, multimeters, combustion analyzers, gas leak detectors, pipe cutters, tap and die sets, acetylene torches and any other tool required for the job. There may also be specialty tools required that the technician would have to receive special training for.

The HVAC Workplace

HVAC technicians work at any home or commercial building where there is a climate control system. If in sales, they work in retail or wholesale establishments. Much of a technician’s work takes place outdoors or in tight crawl spaces between the exterior shell and interior of a building. If in the installation and maintenance area, they typically work for independent contractors. If they are in sales, they will work as an employee for the retailer or wholesaler.

The Professional Life of an HVAC Technician

The job of an HVAC technician can at times be quite demanding. However, it is this challenge that makes it extremely rewarding for a job well-done. A technician must be in good physical condition because the job entails working in attics and other crawl spaces where freedom of movement is limited. It also requires working in weather conditions at the extremes of hot and cold.

Technicians are also required to be alert and use their safety equipment at all times. There are hazards with this profession such as the risks of electrocution, falls, and injury from refrigeration accidents.

The job also entails some stress but if handled well it should make for an interesting work experience. Some stress is caused by irate customers who call when there is a problem with their building’s environmental control system. The technician with skills to reassure these clients will go a long way in the trade.

There is always something new to work on because buildings are all different in their configurations. This alleviates the stress of boredom. However, the work can be seasonal with frequent overtime during peak seasons and a reduction in hours during low seasons. Nonetheless, if a technician learns money management skills, peaks and valleys for income will be leveled to give the semblance of steady income.

*Salary Source: BLS