Mid-Valley HVAC/R Technician Apprenticeship Program
HVAC is a registered apprenticeship program. The Mid-Valley HVAC/R JAT Committee, MA #2026, contracts with Chemeketa to administer the HVAC/R program and provide courses, under the guidance of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).
Learn While you Earn with HVAC/R Apprenticeship
How to Apply
The HVAC/R Committee is open for applications in the spring and summer, based on industry need. Openings are announced for 30 days before applications are accepted. Classes begin in the fall. First-year classes are open to the public.
Opening announcements are posted on the website. If you're interested in applying, call 503.399.5255 or email email@example.com to be added to the waiting list to receive opening notifications.
Applications will only be accepted during openings.
Successful applicants are sent to apply with employers based on points received during the application process. Once hired, applicants are registered as apprentices.
While waiting for an opening, you may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry, including –
- Diploma or GED certificate
- Transcripts from high school and college
- Placement test scores
- Work experience documented on letterhead with the tasks listed and years of service (construction related)
- Trades and safety certificates
- For Veterans, a copy of the DD214 long form
Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.
HVAC/R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration) combines sheet metal and electrical work involving –
- Service and repair of environmental control systems
- Fabrication and installation of ductwork
- Refrigeration installation, repair and brazing
Successful graduates qualify for LE/B licensure and Brazing Industry certification.
How Much Can You Earn?
The average journey-level wage for 2018 is $27.95 an hour for MA 2026 HVAC/R training agents.
The work is done indoors and outdoors. Work spaces range from outdoor scaffolding to crawl spaces inside walls. Apprentices complete a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training to qualify as an HVAC/R technician.
- High school diploma or GED
- Minimum of one year of high school algebra with a grade of 'C' or better or placement into Math 70 or higher on Chemeketa's Placement Test
- High school math equivalent is Math 60 and Math 70 taken at Chemeketa Community College
- At least 18 years of age
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This is a four-year program that combines 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with concurrent related-training credit courses two nights a week (currently Wednesday and Thursday). Apprentices earn 15 academic credits a year and attend classes in the fall, winter and spring.
Additional Training & Degrees
Credits can be applied to a Certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree.
Visit the following websites for more information on apprenticeship programs –
- Oregon Apprenticeship
- Bureau of Labor and Industries Apprenticeship and Training Division
- Oregon Tradeswomen
- MA #2026 Standards of Apprenticeship