How Do I Get Started in HVACR?

Interested in learning more about how to get started in HVACR? During an HVACR program, you will learn all about HVACR systems. This program will also prepare you to get certification in the field. This certification will help you get started in a career offering HVACR services to both residential and commercial spaces. Be a part of the revolution, striving to help heat and cool the citizens of the planet in an energy efficient way.

What Does HVACR Stand For?

HVACR is an acronym that stands for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration. These systems are responsible for heating and cooling residences and commercial spaces. 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.

Heating – a heating system replaces heat that is lost through the exterior of a building. The amount of heat lost depends on the geographic location of the building, the size of the building, how energy efficient the building is and the energy efficiency of the heating system. This includes the amount and type of insulation and any air leaks.

Ventilation – this process introduces clean air into the residence or commercial space. The clean air can either mix with the current air or displace the old air. This system helps freshen the air to a room or building.

Air Conditioning – used to cool down a residence or commercial space, by removing heat to an outside source and bringing in cool air moved in from ventilation. An air conditioning system will maintain the temperature set on the thermostat.

Refrigeration – low-pressure gas, or refrigerant is taken into the compressor and the evaporator coil compresses the refrigerant into a high-pressure, high-temperature gas. The different types of refrigeration systems include mechanical-compression, absorption, evaporative and thermoelectric.

What Does an HVACR Technician Do?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVACR technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in both residential and commercial spaces. HVACR mechanics and installers typically do the following:

  • Install, clean and maintain HVACR systems.
  • Install electrical components and wiring.
  • Inspect, repair and test HVACR systems and components.
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts.
  • Recommend maintenance to improve system performance.
  • Explain needed system repairs to customers.

Why Become an HVACR Technician?

With the increase in construction and the need to heat and cool business and residential houses, HVACR technicians will be needed for many years to come. With the continued change in weather due to climate change, many already hot locations are getting hotter and the need for air conditioning and refrigeration is expected to grow in the next decade.66 Also, the transportation of goods throughout the world means food and supplies that are cold, need to stay cold with refrigerated containers and trucks. Finally, with stricter government regulations for conservation, energy efficiency and refrigerant recycling, there will be a need for qualified HVACR technicians to meet the regulations and transform residential and commercial spaces into energy efficient systems.

Does a career as an HVACR Technician interest you? The HVACR Technician Program at MIAT in Canton, Michigan, is nine months in length for full time students, assuming no interruption in training.* The training allows students to focus on their chosen field, graduating faster than it takes to earn a traditional 2 or 4-year college degree or complete a 3 to 5-year apprenticeship. To learn more about HVACR Technician career training and to explore if MIAT is right for you, fill out the form on this page.

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66For Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 37,700 job openings between 2022 and 2032. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2022-32, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, viewed November 16, 2023. UTI and MIAT are educational institutions and cannot guarantee employment or salary.