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HVAC-R Technician



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Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$28,440 and $73,3501
Tuition and fees:
Program length:
48 weeks

Train to Become an HVAC/R Technician

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

If you’re looking for a career field that’s growing, then heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) may be the right path for you.* With Virginia College’s HVAC/R training program, you could be on your way to a satisfying career in as little as 48 weeks.

Even if you have no experience in the field, our HVAC/R program gives you the technical training you need to pursue an entry-level position, allowing you to safely install, troubleshoot, and repair HVAC/R equipment.

In the HVAC/R program, you will:

  • Get training from instructors with real-world experience
  • Take one class at a time, allowing you to focus on one subject before moving on to the next
  • Know your entire schedule from the start so it’s easy to plan around school

Acquire Career-Ready Skills in HVAC/R Classes

When you’re looking for HVAC/R training, consider Virginia College. Designed to give you the foundation to start your career, our HVAC/R programs consist of a combination of lectures, labs, and group discussion forums, where you get first-hand experience in a real-world setting, preparing you for what it’s like to work as a professional HVAC/R technician.

Upon successfully completing our practical, hands-on HVAC/R technician training, you should be prepared to take a variety of certification exams, including the EPA Section 608 Certification for Stationary Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, the Industry Competency Exam (ICE), and the North American Technician Excellence Certificate (NATE).†

When searching for an HVAC/R technical program that prepares you for a career, not just a job, Virginia College is the school for you. With hands-on experience, a laboratory that simulates real-world HVAC/R scenarios, and trained instructors that offer personal attention, you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to start a career in the HVAC/R field.

Here are some of the skills you will learn in our HVAC/R classes:

  • How to install HVAC/R systems
  • How to analyze and repair HVAC/R system problems
  • How to design, fabricate, and install ductwork
  • How to service and repair commercial refrigeration equipment, including ice machines, coolers, freezers, and even commercial transportation refrigeration systems

If Virginia College’s HVAC/R training sounds like it’s the right fit for you, contact us today to get started on the path to a new career.

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

From industry safety standards to troubleshooting, our classes help you develop the skills that HVAC/R technicians need. Once you graduate with an HVAC/R diploma, you’ll be ready to pursue entry-level opportunities in the field.

What do HVAC/R technicians do?

Some possible job duties for HVAC/R technicians include:

  • Installing, troubleshooting, and repairing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems
  • Reading blueprints and design considerations for HVAC/R systems
  • Connecting HVAC/R systems to fuel and water lines, air ducts, and other components
  • Installing wiring and controls for HVAC/R systems
  • Inspecting and maintaining HVAC/R systems
  • Repairing or replacing worn parts in HVAC/R systems
  • Recommending improvements to improve the energy consumption and efficiency of HVAC/R systems

Some HVAC/R technicians specialize in specific areas, such as:

  • Radiant heating
  • Commercial refrigeration
  • Solar energy

Where do Virginia College HVAC/R graduates work?

After completing the HVAC/R training program at Virginia College, our Career Development department helps you search for a job in the HVAC/R field. Our students have started their career in a variety of places, including:

  • Office buildings
  • Retail stores
  • Factories
  • Residential buildings

HVAC/R Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the national annual wage range for HVAC/R technicians is between $28,440 and $73,350 per year.1 Individual salaries will vary based on experience, location of employment, and the specific job title and duties being performed.

If you’re ready to start training for your career as an HVAC/R technician, request more information about our training program. HVAC/R classes are forming now.

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1 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, 2016-17 Edition, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, on the Internet at (visited October 18, 2017). 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.

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. Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

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