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HVAC Technician Fixing Heating Unit



Heating, Ventilation &

Career Overview

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What They Do


An HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Technician is concerned with the temperature control (heating and cooling) and the air quality (ventilation) in industrial, commercial, and residential buildings. A technician is a certified and licensed professional that works with  HVAC systems. This can include installation, repair, troubleshooting, replacements, and general maintenance. Although technicians are trained in all three components of HVAC, many choose to strictly work with just one of the systems.

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Job Duties

  • Connect different HVAC systems to a variety of components such as fuel, water, and air conduits.

  • Study a wide variety of blueprints and other specifications

  • Lay out, design, and install low voltage electrical wiring

  • Assembling, positioning, mounting, and installing HVAC equipment

  • Performing regular maintenance on HCVAC systems such as changing filters, cleaning ducts, or refilling refrigerants

  • Use a wide variety of tools in the installation and maintenance of HVAC systems

  • Repairing or replacing defective equipment or parts

  • Testing pipe or tubing joints or connections for leaks

  • Perform after-hour calls as required

  • Assembly and installation of ductwork that distributes air

  • Counselor customers as to how to prevent future problems and properly maintain  equipment

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Job Earnings

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The average starting salary for an entry level HVAC Technician in the state of New York is $39,070. The average median salary for a Technician is $58,060. The average salary for a Technician with experience is $71,950. 

Education/Training Requirements


There are no license or education requirements in New York State to become an HVAC Technician. There are however, some cities that have their own license requirements, such as Buffalo requiring technicians to apply for an HVAC license.

  • 13% of Technicians have only their high school diploma or equivalent

  • 16% of Technicians have an associate’s degree

  • 55% of Technicians have a post-secondary certificate

There are different types of HVAC licenses that one can obtain to advance their careers.

  • EPA License- Allows an individual to handle units that contain refrigerant chemicals. The average pay for technicians with this license is $73,432

  • NATE Certificate- An optional New York State HVAC license that certifies a technician’s HVAC experience. Technicians with this license make on average $15,000 more a year than unlicensed technicians.

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Job Outlook & Growth


In the United States, the job market for HVAC Technicians is expected to grow by 15% between 2016 and 2026.  In New York alone, there is expected to be 2,700 new job openings for HVAC Technicians between 2016 and 2026, making New York the fifth highest state in terms of number of new openings.

Career Pathway

Ways to Start Preparing for Your Future Career TODAY!
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Middle & High School Opportunities

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Local Colleges/Training

Local Career Connection

Richard Gibson, HVAC Technician

Turnbull Heating and Air Conditioning

Batavia, New York

Deeper Dive

Andrew Gaglio shares his Monroe2BOCES experience


Where Can I Work?

Local GLOW Companies With Vet Technician Jobs
logo link to Turnbull
logo link to AGL homes
logo link to royal comfort heating and cooling
logo link to Isaac Heating and Air
logo link to Graham
link to arctic refrigeration
logo link to NOCO
logo link to Capital heat
logo link to frontier heating
logo link to Sunbelt Rentals

This is a selection of businesses in the region offering this career.  That does not mean that there are currently positions available.  For information on companies who are hiring right now, please visit

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