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Building Trades:
HVAC Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, install, and maintain the operating condition of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

You Will Learn
  • How to repair the operating condition of a HVAC system.
  • How to install the operating condition of a HVAC system.
  • How to maintain the operating condition of a HVAC system.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Building Trades: HVAC - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • HVAC Mechanic and Installer
  • HVAC Teacher
  • Stationary Engineer
Workforce Trends
Advances in computer technology have revolutionized the way we monitor and control the engineering systems in buildings. Developments in wireless and sensor technology over the next decade are expected to reshape digital control systems for heating and cooling indoors.

The industry needs workers who have technical skills, are skillful at using their hands, are creative, and are problem-solver who can handle unique situations. There will always be a need for the service side of the industry to maintain, repair or replace the plumbing and HVAC systems in the buildings. HVAC workers must also think about the environment. Energy use and refrigerants can contribute to ozone depletion and global warming.

As the population continues to grow and more buildings are built, the need for HVAC installers and repairers will continue to be in great demand. Numerous contractors have found it difficult to find enough skilled workers to meet their demand for service and installation of HVAC systems. Many job openings will be created as highly skilled technicians retire. Those individuals who have the skills and training will find jobs plentiful.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, less than 1 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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