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HVAC Apprentice

Program Requirements: HVAC Apprenticship Program Courses

HVAC technicians install, maintain, and repair heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems. These systems allow people to control the air temperature inside various buildings and structures. There are different kinds of HVAC systems, such as oil-fired furnaces and commercial refrigerators and technicians can specialize within the trade. HVAC technicians must be able to understand the operating principals of different systems and to interpret written specifications. Experienced HVAC technicians expand their skills and keep up with current technology by taking additional industry-sponsored courses.

General Information

Pay scale: $12.83 - $28.50 per hour

Working conditions
HVAC mechanics and installers work in homes, retail establishments, hospitals, office buildings, and factories - anywhere there is climate-control equipment. Technicians may work outside in cold or hot weather or in buildings that are uncomfortable. Technicians may also be required to work in awkward or cramped positions and sometimes are required to work in high places.
Hazards include electrical shock, burns, muscle strains, and other injuries from handling heavy equipment. Appropriate knowledge and equipment is necessary when handling refrigerants because inhalation and/or contact can cause skin damage, frostbite, or blindness.

General qualifications
Must be in good physical condition and have a valid driver's license.

Must be 18 years old and a high school graduate or equivalent. Must pass aptitude test, and submit an application.

Length of training
The training program is five years consisting of no less than 8,430 total hours of on-the-job training with a minimum of 576 hours of paid related classroom instruction and 30 hours of unpaid night classes.

Becoming an HVAC Apprentice

  1. Go to the ABC of WI Apprenticeship Office and pick up an application or fill out an application request online.
  2. Pass the basic reading, writing, and math test that is required per application.
    • Achieve a passing score on algebra, arithmetic and reading portions of the Accuplacer test. The Accuplacer test is available at Gateway’s Kenosha & Racine campuses and the cost is $15. Contact Michelle James, Testing Manager, at (262) 564-2542.
  3. Have a copy of your Driver's License, Accuplacer Test Score, High School Diploma or Equivalent, and a completed Apprentice Application sent to the ABC of WI Apprenticeship Office.
  4. You will receive a letter of introduction and a list of ABC of WI approved apprenticeship trainers for HVAC. Your letter of introduction should be presented to local ABC of WI approved apprenticeship trainers when applying for an apprenticeship job. 
  5. You MUST find an ABC of WI approved apprenticeship trainer to hire you before you can become an apprentice.
  6. Once hired by an ABC of WI approved apprenticeship trainer, you will be invited to meet with the Apprenticeship Committee for final approval and to sign your contract.
  7. Gateway Apprenticeship Department will notify you regarding registration, classes, and books.