Workforce Wednesday: Careers in HVAC-R

Careers in HVAC-R, can be one of the most steady jobs during a down economy. These technicians work on and maintain the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration of commercial buildings.

Wednesday, Eric Robinson, a local technician instructor, joined Daybreak. He said the new service apprenticeship offer cross training in the sheet metal trade and construction side. HVAC technicians can make anywhere from 20 to 40 dollars an hour plus benefits, depending on experience. After high school, technical school prepared him for an apprenticeship, Robinson said. As an instructor, he looks for candidates who enjoy hands-on work.

“I like somebody that has strong and mechanical aptitude, somebody that likes to know why it doesn’t work or why it does work, being able to go through the problem solving,” Robinson said.

Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 23 is accepting applications for their next apprenticeship program now through June 3.

Businesses Hiring

  • Alaska Integrated Services
  • CLR Services, Inc.
  • General Mechanical, Inc.
  • LONG Building Technologies
  • Polar Refrigeration & Repair
  • Refrigeration & Food Equipment

Estimated Pay Range


  • First Year: $20.40
  • Second Year: $24.47
  • Third Year: $30.59
  • Fourth Year: $34.67


  • $40.79

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in HVAC-R | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

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