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#CareerDiscovery: HVAC Technician

Do you like working with your hands? Are you a curious problem solver? Maybe a career as an HVAC Technician is for you!

What would I do? HVAC technicians are skilled laborers in heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Typically, they are assigned to a customer that has an HVAC-related issue and are responsible for resolving the problem. The job may include replacing a damaged part, repairing a leaky pipe or adjusting equipment for a better performance.

Here are four steps to becoming an HVAC Technician:

  1. Earn a high school or equivalent

  2. Attend and complete a training program Programs can range from 10 months to two years depending on the institution.

  3. Gain experience through apprenticeships Apprenticeships are typically offered by unions and contractor associations. On-the-job training adds up to 2,000 hours per year and helps new techs learn skills while working under industry professionals.

  4. Earn the required state licensees and industry certifications Different states require different licenses and certifications. Check the state regulations in the areas you plan to work in!

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