The need for HVAC&R experts is expected to triple over the next decade. While Utah will have the biggest need for certified HVAC&R techs, industry growth across the nation has sparked demand that shows no signs of stopping.
That’s great news for HVAC&R technicians, mechanics, and other contractors! It points to job security, the promise of rising wages, and no shortage of opportunities when it’s time to find a new job.
If you are ready to launch a long, successful career in the HVAC&R industry, get the training and certification you need at Utah Career Center.
Our top-rated HVAC&R training program is time-tested and expertly designed to set our apprentices up for success. From our journeymen-crafted courses to our state-to-art labs and real-world training, Utah Career Center offers everything you need to become a skilled HVAC&R professional.
Call 801-295-6198 or contact us online now to find out more about our HVAC&R apprenticeship program.
A call or an email can be the first step in starting a highly rewarding career in the HVAC&R industry. You can also check out our FAQs to find out more about the qualifications and requirements for our HVAC&R training program.
How Our HVAC&R Apprenticeship & Training Program Works
The HVAC&R apprenticeship at Utah Career Center is a five-year program, offering entry- to advanced-level courses that blend classroom learning, hands-on lab training, and real-world experience.
This multi-faceted approach expands the scope of knowledge and skills available to our apprentices, empowering them with everything they need to earn certification and stand out to prospective employers.
Here is a look at what our HVAC&R apprenticeship program offers:
- Three night classes per week
- Optimal student-to-teacher ratios
- 1800 hours of on-the-job training each year
- Direct access to industry experts
- Competitive pay
- State-of-the-art tools & equipment
- Insider knowledge not available through other programs
- Traditional summer breaks
- And more
Some of the various things our HVAC&R apprentices learn include (but are not limited to):
- Air systems
- Principles of airflow, including air properties and distribution
- Fume and exhaust system design
- Installation of ductwork and air distribution accessories
- Plans and specification reading
- Basic piping practices
- Tools of the trade
- Sheet metal layout and processes
- Crew leadership
- Aerial lift operation
HVAC&R Compensation & Benefits
Salaries for HVAC&R professionals vary by experience, location, status as an employee or contractor, and more.
The HVAC&R apprentices at Utah Career Center start out making about 55% of the journeyman’s rate. Currently, our apprentices are earning $18.07/hour in wages, plus benefits.
With full training and the proper certifications, HVAC&R techs can earn much more compensation. In general, certified HVAC&R pros can earn starting salaries between $40,000 and $45,000/year. That only goes up with more experience and a good track record on the job.
HVAC&R Career Opportunities & Job Prospects
There are plenty of career paths for those who want to pursue a career in the HVAC&R industry. Some options include becoming a(n):
- Automotive HVAC tech
- Commercial HVAC&R tech
- HVAC&R engineer
- HVAC&R mechanic
- Residential HVAC&R tech
- Solar tech
- Wind turbine tech
Is an HVAC&R Apprenticeship Right for Me?
The HVAC&R industry can hold the ideal job for many. It’s not the right fit for everyone, however. If you’re not sure about whether to pursue a career as an HVAC&R professional, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I like solving problems?
- Do I like a fast-paced work environment?
- Am I willing to be on-call or responsive to emergencies?
- Can I work in small spaces or extreme temperatures?
- Am I comfortable doing math regularly?
- Do I have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity?
- Can I consistently follow and/or enforce essential job safety rules?
- Do I have decent people and communication skills?
If you answered “yes” to most of these questions, an HVAC&R industry job could the right choice for you!
Take the First Step Towards a Career in the HVAC&R Industry: Contact Us
To get answers about our HVAC&R apprenticeship and training program, simply contact the Utah Career Center. We are ready to share more information and help you enroll today.
Call 801-295-6198 or contact us online now to get started.
Since 1944, Utah Career Center has been offering exceptional training and apprenticeship programs for an array of industries. Jointly administered by UA Local 140 and the Utah Mechanical Contractors Association, our cutting-edge HVAC&R training programs have been uniquely developed to instill the latest techniques and best practices across an array of technologies, equipment, tools, and more. Our goal is to help our apprentices become certified HVAC&R professionals who have the skills they need for success.
Utah Career Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop by today to talk to us in person or pick up an enrollment application—applications are available all year, and no appointments are necessary!