HVAC Apprenticeship

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning mechanics and installers—often referred to as HVAC technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the air quality in many types of buildings. Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, businesses, and other buildings. By providing a climate-controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

When working on air conditioning and refrigeration systems, technicians must follow government regulations regarding the conservation, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants. This often entails proper handling and disposal of fluids. Depending on the task, HVAC technicians use many different tools. For example, they often use screwdrivers, wrenches, pipe cutters, and other basic hand tools when installing systems. To test or install complex system components, technicians may use more sophisticated tools, such as carbon monoxide testers, voltmeters, combustion analyzers, and acetylene torches.

As an HVAC Apprentice, you will learn techniques required to install new equipment as well as skills and knowledge to repair and troubleshoot existing equipment. This program is designed with related theory and hands-on application. MTECH’s Apprenticeship programs are composed of two parts: (1) on-the-job training and (2) classroom instruction. The on-the-job training is provided by an outside sponsor (employer) who exposes the apprentice to practical applications in all areas of a chosen trade. The classroom-related instruction is an organized form of instruction, designed to provide the apprentice with knowledge of the theoretical and technical aspects of his or her trade. Classroom related instruction will be held at one of MTECH’s Campuses.

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Cliff Carron-Campbell

Program Coordinator

  • Construction Craft Skilled Laborer
  • Program Hours: 320 hours
  • Campus Location: Salt Lake City

Certificates and Licensures

  1. MTECH Program Certificate in HVAC Apprenticeship
  2. EPA Certification
  3. RMGA Certification
  4.  North American Technical Excellence (NATE) Core Certification
  5. North American Technical Excellence (NATE) Specialty Certification

Program Snapshot

  Registration Eligibility: Adults and high school seniors only.

  Registration Availability: Registration for Fall 2020 sections open July 15, 2020 at 8:00 am online on the MTECH Registration Portal and remains open until classes are full. It is recommended to create your MTECH Student Portal account in advance.  

  Program Length: 360 Hours

  Times: Evenings. See schedule details below.

  Locations: Orem campus.
Note: Some courses may be taught at other campuses. Please see schedule.

  Financial Aid Eligible: This program is not eligible for Financial Aid or Veterans Assistance.

Questions? Call 801-753-4200


  High School Students: Students should coordinate with home high school counselors prior to registration.

  Entrance Assessment: Students must take the MTECH Entrance Assessment. The Entrance Assessment is free and takes about an hour to complete. To learn more visit mtec.edu/testing.  

  New Student Orientation: Students must complete the brief New Student Orientation prior to first day of class.  To learn more visit mtec.edu/nso.

  1. Students must work at least part-time for an HVAC company. However, unemployed first year students may register for courses if there is space available.
  2. Students must complete the previous HVAC course with a 70% minimum grade.


--- FALL SCHEDULE 2020 ---

course room start date END DATE days
1A 106 8/18/2020 12/3/2020 T,TH
1B 106 8/19/2020 12/7/2020 M,W
2A 105 8/19/2020 12/7/2020 M,W
2B 105 8/18/2020 12/3/2020 T,TH
--- spring SCHEDULE 2021 ---
session room start date END DATE days
1A 106 1/5/2021 4/20/2021 T,TH
1B 106 1/4/2021 4/26/2021 M,W
2A 105 1/4/2021 4/26/2021 M,W
2B 105 1/5/2021 4/20/2021 T,TH

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