Environmental Systems Technician/HVAC Installation Technician Apprenticeship

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*Statistics retrieved from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What Does an EST/ HVAC Technician Do?

Environmental Systems (EST) and HVAC Installation Technicians work with heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems that consist of many mechanical, electrical, and electronic components, including motors, compressors, pumps, boilers, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats and switches. In central heating systems, a furnace or boiler heats air that is distributed throughout the building by a system of metal or fiberglass ducts or piping. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout the entire system. They may adjust system controls to recommended settings and test the performance of the entire system using special tools and test equipment. The work involves installing ductwork and installing and wiring environmental control systems and testing and balancing air-handling equipment and hydronic and piping systems.

They install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial and industrial establishments.

Tasks:

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What Are the Working Conditions?

EST/HVACTs may stand and kneel for long periods and lift heavy materials and finished pieces. They are also subject to cuts and burns from soldering and welding, and are required to work at heights with the potential of falls from ladders and scaffolds. They may also work around general dust and fumes and in all types of weather. They usually wear safety glass, hard hats, safety shoes, and hearing protection, but must not wear jewelry or loose-fitting clothing that could easily be caught in a machine. Those performing installation work do considerable bending, lifting, standing, climbing, and squatting, sometimes in confined spaces or awkward positions. EST/HVACTs may work after hours on an emergency basis.

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How is the Training Structured?

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What are the Application Requirements?

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What Skills Should I Possess?

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Who Should I Contact In My Area?

Northeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Burt Harding
Ben Stahlecker
Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Fax: (715) 675-4276
Ben Stahlecker
Fox Valley Area Sheet Metal JAC N1372 W Haven Dr
Greenville, WI 54942
Phone: (920) 713-6474
Fax: (920) 757-5568
Sandy Destree

Northwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1000 Campus Dr
Wausau, WI 54401
Phone: (715) 675-3331
Fax: (715) 675-4276
Ben Stahlecker
Eau Claire-Superior Sheet Metal JAC 1421 Omaha St.
Eau Claire, WI 54603
Phone: (715) 833-6444
Fax: (715) 833-6505
Travis Ludvigson

Southeast

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Sandy Martin
Sandy Destree 
East Central WI Area Sheet Metal JAC mailing address:
1290 North Ave
Cleveland, WI 53015
Phone: (920) 639-1279
Fax: (920) 693-8019
Sandy Destree
Milwaukee Area Sheet Metal JAC 2201 Springdale Road
Waukesha, WI  53186
Phone: (262) 798-1812
Fax: ((262) 798-1823
Barbara Robakowski
Southeastern WI Area Sheet Metal JAC 1840 Sycamore Av
Racine, WI 53406
Phone: (262) 632-7005
Fax: (262) 632-3712
Sandy Martin

Southwest

Committee Name Contact This Committee: OR Contact Your BAS Representative:
ABC of Wisconsin 5330 Wall St.
Madison, WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-6056
Fax: (608) 244-2401
Kathy O'Sullivan
La Crosse Area Sheet Metal JAC 402 N 8th St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Kathy O'Sullivan
Madison Area Sheet Metal JAC 5940 Seminole Cnt Ct #102
Madison, WI 53711
Phone: (608) 288-1414
Fax: (608) 288-1515
Mary Harrington

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Additional Resources

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics maintains information on all occupations. For more information on the EST/HVACT trade in the United States, visit:

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/environmental-engineers.htm

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Sources: Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards Position Descriptions,
Apprenticeship in Wisconsin Handbook

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