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A Residential HVAC Technician performs services in the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning service. They can install, troubleshoot, repair, maintain air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment for residential applications.


Length24 months
Starting wageApprentice $10.50 hour/Journeyman $24.58
Benefits for ApprenticesMedical, dental and vision care for employee and
dependants, pension, vacation immediately;
college credits as courses are completed
Minimum age18
Education prerequisitesHigh School Graduate, GED or equivalent
Physical requirementsMust be able to perform physical tasks and
activities related to trade
Additional requirementsPass drug screen prior to employment
DMV printout
Proof of being 18 years of age
or older at the time of the pre-qualifying test
Written or oral entry examsYes written exam
Subjects studied by ApprenticesResidential HVAC and sheet metal installation
fabrication and troubleshooting of all residential
Code requirements
Work safety

Contact: Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Industry J.A.C. 1624 Silica Avenue Sacramento, CA 95815.

Applications: Second Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm at above address, doors open at 12:45, must take a pre-qualifying test and pass with a score of 70% or better, All applicants who have successfully passed the test and meet all other requirements will be able to seek employment. A list of sponsoring shops will be available for all qualified applicants. All applicants start out as a pre-apprentice, and will not attend any apprentice classes until your employer can sponsor you and the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) indentures (accepts) you into the Apprenticeship Program.

How do new apprentices get their first job? Applicants must seek their own employment from participating employers, after meeting the qualifications to enter the apprenticeship program.

Additional information: Northern California Valley Sheet Metal Industry J.A.C., Heating and Air Conditioning Training Center.