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HVAC APPRENTICE, IN-DEPTH: It's Important To Stay Healthy For Physically Demanding Work

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Emmanuel, a HVAC first-year apprentice, talks about what his likes most about his work, what's most challenging, his key decision, and work-life balance. This job requires high scores on reading and math aptitude tests.

Job Title: HVAC Apprentice

Job Summary: Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Job Description

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.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

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.

Certification Requirement
Recommended in Speciality Work.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Organizational skills, Hand-eye coordination, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Apprenticeship
Recommended majors
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Electrician
Mechanics
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m='11060'>every</span> <span m='11300'>day.</span> <span m='11890'>That's</span> <span m='12280'>really</span> <span m='12520'>nice.</span> </p><p><span m='13850'>The</span> <span m='13950'>challenges</span> <span m='14670'>about</span> <span m='14970'>my</span> <span m='15090'>job</span> <span m='15530'>would</span> <span m='15670'>be</span> <span m='15840'>more</span> <span m='16190'>towards</span> <span m='17440'>it</span> <span m='17570'>can</span> <span m='17700'>be--</span> <span m='17850'>it</span> <span m='18040'>is</span> <span m='18220'>sheet</span> <span m='18450'>metal</span> <span m='18760'>so</span> <span m='18950'>it</span> <span m='19000'>is</span> <span m='19170'>sharp.</span> <span m='20540'>I</span> <span m='21000'>have</span> <span m='21310'>gotten</span> <span m='21740'>cut</span> <span m='21970'>a</span> <span m='22020'>few</span> <span m='22200'>times</span> <span m='22550'>already.</span> <span m='23840'>Other</span> <span m='24090'>challenges</span> <span 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m='37470'>picked</span> <span m='37830'>and</span> <span m='37950'>stay</span> <span m='38150'>with</span> <span m='38290'>the</span> <span m='38390'>company.</span> </p><p><span m='40670'>Some of</span> <span m='40880'>the</span> <span m='40990'>key</span> <span m='41140'>decisions</span> <span m='41405'>that</span> <span m='41670'>I made</span> <span m='43540'>in</span> <span m='43660'>my</span> <span m='43770'>career</span> <span m='44350'>to lead</span> <span m='44590'>me</span> <span m='44690'>to</span> <span m='44810'>where</span> <span m='44910'>I</span> <span m='44960'>am</span> <span m='45120'>now</span> <span m='45490'>is</span> <span m='45770'>that</span> <span m='48270'>just</span> <span m='48620'>being</span> <span m='48860'>able</span> <span m='49050'>to</span> <span m='49130'>know</span> <span m='49410'>the</span> <span m='49500'>people</span> <span m='50350'>that</span> <span m='50580'>know</span> <span m='51300'>something</span> <span m='52530'>to</span> <span m='52670'>get</span> <span m='52840'>you</span> <span m='55550'>moving</span> <span m='56010'>forward</span> <span m='56320'>in</span> <span m='56390'>your</span> <span m='56510'>life,</span> <span m='56880'>pretty</span> <span m='57440'>much.</span> <span m='59210'>Used</span> <span m='59380'>to</span> <span m='59550'>be</span> <span m='59680'>a</span> <span m='59730'>warehouse</span> <span m='60120'>worker,</span> <span m='60770'>and</span> <span m='62050'>it</span> <span m='62260'>was</span> <span m='62690'>little</span> <span m='62890'>bit</span> <span m='63010'>of</span> <span m='63130'>pay,</span> <span m='64830'>very</span> <span m='65710'>relaxed,</span> <span m='66330'>chill.</span> <span m='67120'>Now</span> <span m='67360'>I'm</span> <span m='67660'>actually</span> <span m='68010'>working</span> <span m='68350'>and</span> <span m='68480'>making a</span> <span m='68860'>good,</span> <span m='69070'>decent</span> <span m='69570'>wage.</span> </p><p><span m='71190'>How</span> <span m='71330'>difficult</span> <span m='72380'>is</span> <span m='72570'>it</span> <span m='72690'>to</span> <span m='72790'>get</span> <span m='72950'>into</span> <span m='73700'>my</span> <span m='73890'>job</span> <span m='74430'>or</span> <span m='74560'>the</span> <span m='74670'>industry?</span> <span m='75260'>The</span> <span m='75360'>Local</span> <span m='75640'>105</span> <span m='76290'>is</span> <span m='76960'>extremely</span> <span m='77320'>difficult</span> <span m='77680'>to</span> <span m='77770'>get</span> <span m='77930'>into.</span> <span m='78230'>They</span> <span m='78420'>require an</span> <span m='78830'>aptitude</span> <span m='79320'>test,</span> <span m='79780'>a</span> <span m='79830'>math</span> <span m='80150'>test,</span> <span m='80520'>and</span> <span m='80600'>an</span> <span m='80730'>interview.</span> <span m='81890'>With</span> <span m='82280'>all</span> <span m='82460'>that</span> <span m='82690'>you</span> <span m='82770'>get</span> <span 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m='93680'>six</span> <span m='93990'>months</span> <span m='94270'>they start</span> <span m='94490'>schools--</span> <span m='95700'>the</span> <span m='95810'>classes--</span> <span m='96480'>and</span> <span m='96770'>six</span> <span m='97030'>months</span> <span m='97340'>they</span> <span m='97440'>usually</span> <span m='97700'>take</span> <span m='97980'>somewhere</span> <span m='98230'>between</span> <span m='99400'>30</span> <span m='99806'>to</span> <span m='103040'>50</span> <span m='103340'>people</span> <span m='103810'>if</span> <span m='104170'>the</span> <span m='104630'>industry</span> <span m='105140'>is</span> <span m='105430'>demanding</span> <span m='105810'>that</span> <span m='106410'>workload.</span> <span m='107150'>If</span> <span m='107340'>not,</span> <span m='107540'>they'll</span> <span m='107810'>only</span> <span m='107950'>take like</span> <span m='108170'>10</span> <span m='108390'>people.</span> <span m='108840'>So</span> <span m='109000'>it's</span> <span m='109110'>pretty</span> <span m='109300'>hard</span> <span m='109840'>and</span> <span m='109930'>difficult</span> <span m='110290'>to</span> <span m='110370'>get</span> <span m='110490'>into.</span> </p><p><span m='113600'>My</span> <span m='113990'>work</span> <span m='114310'>life</span> <span m='116250'>balance.</span> <span m='119210'>Its</span> <span m='119630'>normal,</span> <span m='120170'>eight</span> <span m='120370'>hours</span> <span m='121320'>at</span> <span m='121470'>work.</span> <span m='122650'>Just</span> <span m='122910'>got</span> <span m='123060'>to</span> <span m='123140'>stay</span> <span m='124120'>healthy</span> <span m='124620'>because</span> <span m='124870'>it</span> <span m='124970'>is</span> <span m='125150'>demanding</span> <span m='125540'>and</span> <span m='125930'>physical.</span> <span m='127150'>And</span> <span m='127950'>from</span> <span m='128110'>there,</span> <span m='128949'>that's all</span> <span m='129210'>there</span> <span 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