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HVAC professionals make buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They control temperature, humidity and use a wide array tools to keep systems working optimally. *Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is a Pre-Apprenticeship program, which offers students the hands-on training and education needed to qualify for apprenticeships.   

Career Details


Students in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Installing and repairing heating and air conditioning systems
  • Testing individual components to determine necessary repairs
  • Learning how to use specific HVAC tools and equipment
  • Developing customer service skills
  • Connecting gas heating, electric heating, cooling systems, and heat pumps (optional)

Career Options

Most Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Job Corps graduates go to work for construction contractors, while others are self-employed.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a center-based program in the Construction training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as:

  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

Students training in union-affiliated programs can earn a certificate of completion that offers apprenticeship opportunities and on-the-job experience from organizations such as:

  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC)
  • International Masonry Institute (IMI)
  • International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  • The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • National Plastering Industry Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund (NPIJATF)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Numbers to Know


National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Problem-solving skills

Training Facilities