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HEATING, VENTILATING & AIR CONDITIONING
Oregon Apprenticeship Guide

 
Job Description
HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) combines sheet metal and electrical work involving installation, wiring, service and repair of environmental control systems and the fabrication and installation of ductwork.
 
Working Conditions
Work is done indoors and outdoors. Work spaces can range from outdoor scaffolding to crawl spaces inside a wall.
 
Wages
Beginning apprentices start at approximately 40 to 50 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved. See Appendix A for specific wages.
 
Length of Apprenticeship
This apprenticeship lasts two to five years with the opportunity to advance every six months. Apprentices must complete 144 to 216 related classroom hours per year and 4,000 to 10,000 on-the-job training hours. When they complete the program, apprentices are referred to the Oregon Building Codes Division for appropriate licensing exam.
 
Minimum Qualifications
Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 17 years of age to apply, and 18 to begin the program. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent, and complete at least one year of high school algebra or post high school algebra course with a passing grade of ´C´. Apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.
 
Apprenticeship Committees 

 
 

MA# 1028  
 

Portland Sheet Metal Worker JATC

Phone: 503-257-1022
Website: www.sheetmetal-16.org 

Area 1, 2, 6, 7

MA# 1080 
 

Area I HVAC JATC

Phone: 503-598-0522 or 800-284-5434
Website: www.abcpnw.org 

Area 1

MA# 2026  
 

Mid-Valley HVAC JAC

Phone: 503-399-5255
Website: http://www.chemeketa.edu/programs/apprentiship/hvac.html 

Area 2

MA# 3025 
 

Area III Sheet Metal/HVAC JATC

Phone: 541-279-1543
Email: nwapprenticeship@hotmail.com

Area
 

MA# 5022 
 

Rogue Valley HVAC/Refrigeration JATC

Phone: 541-245-7912
Email: cpierson@roguecc.edu 

Area 5 
 

 
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