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HVAC Schools in Michigan

Those who enjoy working with their hands or fix things and need a job could consider becoming HVAC technicians.

In Michigan, you’ll need a license in order to work in this trade, so let’s learn more about this occupation.

Salary

In Michigan, the job market for technicians in this field is expected to grow 14% by 2024, and the salaries are currently at nearly the same level as those across the nation.

The average salary in the United States for an HVAC tech is $46,648 per year, with the ones at the top earning around $52,858 annually.

The average salary in Michigan for an HVAC tech is $46,685 per year, with the ones at the top earning around $52,900 per year.

Annual Salary Range:
$41K
$46K
$52K
10%
50%
90%
Annual Salary by Location:
LocationAvg. Annual Salary
Detroit$47,795
Grand Rapids$45,514
Warren$47,795
Sterling Heights$47,646
Ann Arbor$48,472
Lansing$45,673
Flint$43,273
Dearborn$47,795
Livonia$47,646
Troy$47,621

Licensing Requirements

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regularity Affairs, Bureau of Construction Codes, and the Mechanical Division oversees the licensing process for HVAC technicians.

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The license is issued for HVAC contractors and not everyone can obtain it.

There are also several licenses available, for the different specializations you can work in.

Eligibility:

  • 3 years of work experience for every specialization you want a license
  • Pass an exam for every specialization as well.

Work classifications:

  • Hydronic heating and cooling and process piping
  • HVAC equipment
  • Ductwork
  • Refrigeration
  • Limited heating service
  • Unlimited heating service
  • Limited refrigeration and air conditioning service
  • Unlimited refrigeration and air conditioning service
  • Fire Suppression

Specialty Licenses:

  • Solar Heating and Cooling
  • Solid Fuel and Vented Decorative Gas Appliances
  • LP Distribution Piping
  • Fuel Gas Piping
  • Fuel Gas Piping and Venting

Fees

To take an exam, you first have to submit an application and pay the $100 application fee.

If your application gets approved, you’ll have to pay another fee for the exam, which is $25.

The license is valid for 3 years, and everyone must renew their license the same year.

There’a license renewal fee as well, which depends on when you received yours.

The renewal fee is $300 for everyone, at the 3 years interval.

You only pay $200 if you got your license in the 2nd year and only $100 if you got it in the 3rd year.

These last 2 fees are valid only when you renew the license for the first time.

Electrical and Fire Alarm Contractors only pay $10 for membership and another $10 for renewing their license.

Examination Process

Once your application to take the exam is approved, you can take the test.

The exam is held 4 times a year in Lansing, MI.

Remember that you have to apply for each exam date separately, and the deadline to apply is 1 month before it takes place.

The Mechanical Contractor License Examination 127 Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth Bureau of Construction Codes / Mechanical Division P.O. Box 30255, Lansing, MI, has more information regarding the application process.

This is a written exam and you must score at least 70% to pass.

The test covers:

  • Mechanical Contractor’s Law and Rules,
  • The Construction Code Law and Rules,
  • Basic Safety Rules

Schools

Attending a school will increase your chances of passing the exam and finding a job.

You can check out the training schools below for more information regarding the training and licensing process.

School NameAddress
Delta College1961 Delta RoadUniversity Center, Michigan 48710
Grand Rapids Community College143 Bostwick Ave NEGrand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Henry Ford Community College5101 Evergreen RdDearborn, Michigan 48128
Jackson Community College2111 Emmons RdJackson, Michigan 49201
Kalamazoo Valley Community College6767 West O AveKalamazoo, Michigan 49003
Kellogg Community College450 North AveBattle Creek, Michigan 49017
Kirtland Community College10775 N Saint Helen RoadRoscommon, Michigan 48653
Lansing Community College419 N Capitol AveLansing, Michigan 48901
Macomb Community College14500 E Twelve Mile RdWarren, Michigan 48088
Mid Michigan Community College1375 S Clare AveHarrison, Michigan 48625
Mott Community College1401 E Court StFlint, Michigan 48503
Northwestern Michigan College1701 E Front StTraverse City, Michigan 49686
Northwestern Technological Institute24567 Northwestern Hwy Ste 200Southfield, Michigan 48075
Oakland Community College2480 Opdyke RdBloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304
Washtenaw Community College4800 E Huron River DrAnn Arbor, Michigan 48105
Wayne County Community College District801 W. Fort StreetDetroit, Michigan 48226

Final Thoughts

Becoming an HVAC technician is relatively easy in Michigan and those that can work in several specializations are in higher demand.

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