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Mid-Valley HVAC/R Technician Apprenticeship Program

Mid-Valley HVAC/R JAT Committee, MA #2026, contracts with Chemeketa to administer this registered HVAC/R apprenticeship program and provide courses under the guidance of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).

  • Application Openings

    Application openings

    Classes begin in the fall. First-year classes are open to the public. 

    Women, Veterans and minorities are encouraged to apply.

    HVAC/R committee opens for applications:

    • Open spring and summer--two to three times per year, based on industry need. 
    • Openings are announced for 30 days before applications are accepted.
    • Opening announcements are posted on this website.

    Opening notifications - Waitlist

    If you're interested in applying, call 503.399.5255 or email to be added to the waiting list to receive opening notifications.

    Successful applicants

    Successful applicants are sent to apply with employers based on points received during the application process. Once hired, applicants are registered as apprentices.



  • Placement Testing for Apprenticeship

    Chemeketa Placement Testing Steps for Apprenticeship

    1. Submit this online form to determine the test you need:  placement assessment 
    2. Answer all questions, and Chemeketa Placement staff will direct you to the correct placement test. Under the Intent section, select “I am applying for an Apprenticeship program...”
    3. You will be notified by Placement staff with further instructions on how to take the placement test. Allow five business days to hear back.
    4. You will take the placement test at home, online and at your convenience.
    5. Once completed, email to request a PDF copy of your results. Allow two business days to receive the results.
    6. Questions or concerns? Contact
  • Job Description

    Working Conditions

    You work indoors and outdoors. Workspaces 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.

    HVAC/R (heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration) combines sheet metal and electrical work.

    • Installation
    • Wiring
    • Service and repair of environmental control systems
    • Fabrication and installation of ductwork
    • Refrigeration installation, repair and brazing
  • How much can you earn?

    How much can you earn?

    The average journey-level wage for 2021 is $29.95 an hour for MA #2026 HVAC/R training agents.

  • Qualifications


    • High school diploma or GED
    • At least 18 years of age
    • Math (one or more items below qualifies)
      1. Minimum of one year of high school algebra with a grade of 'C' or better
      2. OR--placement into Math 70 or higher on Chemeketa's Placement Test
      3. OR--High school math equivalent is Math 60 and Math 70 taken at Chemeketa Community College



  • Training & Degrees


    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

    Successful graduates qualify for LE/B licensure and Brazing Industry certification.

    Additional Degrees

    Credits can be applied to a Certificate or AAS degree and can transfer to OIT for a BS degree.

  • Prepare While Waiting

    While waiting for an opening, you may compile a portfolio of documentation required for program entry.

    • 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
  • Suggested High School & College Classes

    Suggested Classes to Prepare for Your Career

    • Trade
      • Blueprint Reading
      • Construction
      • Drafting/CAD
      • Welding
    • Math
      • Algebra I & II
      • Geometry
      • Trigonometry
    • Other
      • CPR/First Aid
      • OSHA 10
  • Brazing Test/Class

    Brazing Test/Class: Date TBA

    No date is scheduled at this time. If you would like to be notified when we have the next date, please send an email with your name, number and email to

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