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What Is a HVAC Apprentice and How to Become One

What Does an HVAC Apprentice Do?

As an HVAC apprentice, your job is to learn about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning units. This typically takes the form of working part-time while attending training at a local accredited program for the HVAC trade, but some companies provide all training internally if their systems are unique enough. In some locations, the apprenticeship is split into different levels based on your existing skills. This job involves learning how HVAC systems are installed and repaired in each type of building, which mechanical skills are necessary to install, repair, and remove these temperature systems, and how to identify operational concerns like facility damage or faulty alarms. HVAC apprentices often manage and operate equipment and work under the supervision of a journeyman or senior-level employee.

How to Become an HVAC Apprentice

The primary qualifications to become an HVAC apprentice include the completion of high school (or the equivalent), familiarity with the basics of HVAC systems, and Environmental Protection Agency certification for working with refrigerant chemicals. Some temperature service employers are willing to accept no education or experience as long as you enroll in an HVAC apprenticeship course, while others expect you to have at least one year of training. Fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of this position requires being able to work in a variety of indoor, office, and outdoor environments, handling hazardous conditions, traveling to work sites, and standing, walking, and sitting for extended periods. Helpful skills include the ability to work at extreme heights and familiarity with maintenance record systems.