Emmanuel is a first-year apprentice for Local 5 HVAC, learning the trade of construction, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. It's a great profession that he wished he had started earlier.
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installersoften referred to as HVACR technicianswork on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings.
Long-term on-the-job training
In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. To become certified, technicians must pass a written exam specific to 1 of 3 specializations: Type I—servicing small appliances; Type II—high-pressure refrigerants; Type III—low-pressure refrigerants.
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