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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Basic Refrigeration

HVAC School Student

Are you a problem solver who likes to work with your hands? If so, our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Basic Refrigeration (HVAC/BR) training program might be the perfect fit for you.

As a student of Arizona Automotive Institute’s (AAI) HVAC/BR program, you will have the opportunity to train with instructors that have real-world experience in the industry so you can gain the knowledge, certification and HVAC technician skills that employers want. You can also earn your EPA certification, which allows you to work with refrigerants in both residential and commercial applications.

As a graduate of our HVAC school, you’ll be ready to tackle the many challenges that working HVAC and refrigeration technicians face on a daily basis.

Why Should I Become an HVAC Technician?

An HVAC/BR technician’s job is important to maintaining the quality and safety of the air that we breathe indoors. This job takes skill, knowledge, and problem solving, and at the end of the day, it can be an immensely rewarding role since it allows you to provide people with a safe and healthy environment to live, work, and study in.

Industry growth is another great reason to consider becoming an HVAC/BR technician. With the growth of commercial and residential real estate comes a demand for trained, skilled workers such as HVACR technicians. HVAC systems will always need maintenance, and per U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC/BR technician field is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028.*

*https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm#tab-1

Training To Become an HVAC Technician

Our HVAC technician training in Arizona mixes standard classroom education with real, on-the-job-style, hands-on learning. At AAI, education isn’t just theoretical.

Each of our HVAC-designated courses includes as many lab hours as lecture hours, as well as the opportunity to learn from industry-experienced instructors who will teach you to overcome a variety of challenges. Our small class sizes further help ensure that each student receives the support they need to succeed in the program.

AAI’s program in HVAC/BR covers the most important HVAC/BR systems, but also offers training and education for other elements of working in the business, not just repairing equipment. Some of the topics our program covers include:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating & Heat Pumps
  • Refrigeration
  • Technical Customer Service
  • Business Communications

All of the courses in the HVAC program include the use of hand and specialty tools, and in each of these courses, we also emphasize important job safety procedures. By the end of the program, our students should be prepared to sit for the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) technician certification exams and the EPA section 608 certification.

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

What Does an HVAC Technician Do?

 HVAC/BR technicians perform a variety of important roles while maintaining and troubleshooting residential and commercial systems.

Installation Duties

HVAC technicians may need to be prepared to install and prep HVAC systems of all kinds. Manufacturers and processes can differ at every site, so it’s important to come prepared. Some common installation tasks our graduates might be asked to perform could include:

  • Prepping and ensuring job site safety
  • Performing install/removal work on HVAC systems in a compliant manner
  • Connecting and changing electrical wiring
  • Testing for carbon dioxide and monoxide
  • Following complex blueprints

Maintenance & Troubleshooting Duties

As with many things in life, HVAC systems can malfunction. When this happens, people turn to HVAC technicians. Graduates of our HVAC program in AZ should be prepared to encounter some of the following tasks:

  • Troubleshooting a variety of systems to determine issues
  • Performing tests and analyzing results
  • Performing actual repair work while ensuring complete job site safety
  • Verifying systems have been fully repaired

Customer Service Duties

HVAC service begins with service – and our courses are set up with this simple fact in mind. Technicians working in the field need to be capable of working with and understanding customers, clearly explaining complex technical issues, and setting customer expectations. 

Here are some examples of the types of tasks our graduates encounter while working in the field:

  • Listening to and working with customers to understand their questions and concerns
  • Performing diagnoses using a variety of diagnostic tools
  • Communicating problems and solutions to customers, clearly explaining all options
  • Explaining complex and sometimes intricate pricing
  • Accurately estimating the time needed for repairs

HVAC Technician Professional Requirements

In most cases, technicians seeking to perform many kinds of work with HVAC equipment in the United States need to obtain an EPA section 608 certification*. At AAI, we realize the importance of these certifications. By the end of their program, our graduates should be prepared to sit for this important test.

* https://www.epa.gov/section608/section-608-technician-certification-0

*AAI does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AAI but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AAI. Therefore, AAI cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.

Would Becoming an HVAC Technician be a Good Career Choice For Me?

Like any other job, HVAC technicians face a variety of challenges daily, and while not everyone will enjoy working in the field, it’s a great option for people who are interested in working with complicated equipment, and especially for people who want a career inspecting, diagnosing, servicing, and repairing heating or refrigeration devices. 

There are several unique skills and personality traits that can help contribute to success in the field, including:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Steady hands
  • Detail-oriented
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to combine mental skills with hands-on tasks
  • Communication and customer service skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Professional attitude

If the skills and personality traits mentioned above sound like a description of you, then you will certainly want to consider a career as an HVAC/BR Technician. 

How Much Money Do HVAC Technicians Make?

The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,610 in May 2018. 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 $29,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,230.*

* https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm#tab-1

Career Outlook for HVAC Technicians

Industry growth is a great reason to considering pursuing a career as an HVAC/BR technician. With the growth of commercial and residential real estate comes a demand for workers such as HVACR technicians, plus already installed systems will continue to need regular maintenance, so demand should be relatively stable. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC/BR technician field is projected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028.*

*https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm#tab-1

Where Do HVAC Technicians Work?

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration are used virtually everywhere now, in all types of buildings and facilities, which means that trained technicians can work in a variety of settings including homes, commercial property companies, construction, grocery wholesale & retailers, vehicle repair shops, hospitals, schools, and many other situations.

AAI’s Arizona Campus

Our Glendale, Arizona campus features extensive lab facilities and classrooms designed to enhance your learning experience. At Arizona Automotive Institute, our programs provide the opportunity to learn hands-on from industry-experienced instructors in settings designed to simulate real-world employment environments, so you can have the best opportunity to learn.

Do You Have Other Questions?

If you have any other questions about our Arizona programs, please feel free to contact us today

Deciding to attend AAI is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to ensuring that you have all of the information you need to decide if our HVAC training program is right for you.

Apply Today!

We’d like to invite you to experience our program for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about our exciting program, so feel free to reach out for additional details. If you’re interested in visiting in person, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus so you can see our students and instructors in action, and find out if our air conditioning courses are the right solution for your career training needs.