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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


HVAC-R Technician

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$28,440 to $73,350*
Tuition and fees:
$18,750 to $19,644
Program length:
48 weeks

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How to Become an HVAC/R Technician

Prepare for a career in the HVAC/R field in as little as 48 weeks.

If you're interested in a career in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration, now’s the time to take action. With Brightwood College’s HVAC/R training program, you can turn your dream turn into a reality in as little as 48 weeks.

You don’t need any prior experience to enroll in our HVAC/R training courses. Our instructors teach you the technical skills you need in a real-world setting.

Our Hands-on HVAC/R Classes Teach You Career-Ready Skills

At Brightwood College, we help you build a strong foundation to start your new career as an HVAC/R technician. Through a combination of lectures, labs, and group discussion forums, we give you practical training that prepares you to take the EPA Section 608 Certification for Stationary Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, which is necessary to work with refrigerant.

From hands-on training to a laboratory that simulates real work circumstances, you can gain the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in the HVAC/R field. In addition, our limited class sizes and instructors with real-world experience ensure that you receive personal attention, so you get the guidance you need to excel.

Some of the skills you will learn in our HVAC/R training program include:

  • Fundamental electricity work, including tools, circuits, components, diagrams, and graphs
  • Residential and commercial refrigeration systems, including evacuation, refrigerant, oil management recovery, recycling, reclaiming and retrofitting, system charging, and instrument calibration
  • Installation and operation of motors and controls, such as pressure switches and thermostats
  • Installation, maintenance, repair, and updating of residential and commercial heating and air conditioning systems, including central air

If you think Brightwood College’s HVAC/R training program may be right for you, contact us today to prepare for your new career.

Experience What It’s Like to Work as an HVAC/R Technician

At Brightwood College, we do more than just teach — we offer you real-world experience. In our career-focused HVAC/R classes, you learn industry safety standards and work hands on to develop the skills that an HVAC/R technician needs. When you graduate with your certificate/diploma, you’ll be ready to pursue your career.

Where do Brightwood College HVAC/R graduates work?

When you complete our HVAC/R program, our role isn’t over yet. Brightwood College’s Career Development team works with you to help you find your first paying job. Former students have found work HVAC/R work in:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail stores
  • Factories
  • Residential buildings

What do HVAC/R technicians do?

HVAC/R technicians perform a variety of duties in the heating, ventilation, air condition, and refrigeration fields. Generally, they install and repair systems, and they troubleshoot these systems when something goes wrong. They also:

  • Install heating, ventilation, air conditioning, or refrigeration systems
  • Test these systems to make sure they function properly
  • Install climate-control systems
  • Use tools such as combustion analyzers and acetylene torches
  • Read blueprints
  • Connect systems to fuel lines, water systems, and air ducts
  • Install thermostats and pressure switches
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Adhere to industry safety standards

Sometimes HVAC/R technicians specialize in specific areas, which may require additional training or licensure. Some choices include:

  • Radiant heating
  • Commercial refrigeration
  • Solar panels

HVAC/R Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average income for HVAC/R technicians is $45,110, but this rate can change depending on specialty and location. Around 10 percent of HVAC/R technicians in the United States are self-employed.*

HVAC/R classes are forming now.

If you’re ready to begin your career in the heating and cooling industry, fill out the form or give us a call to learn more about the HVAC/R training program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. 

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $45,910 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,350. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, (accessed September 8, 2017). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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