If you still haven’t decided on a career path, perhaps it is time to consider becoming an HVAC in Utah.
The demand for these tradesmen is on the rise, so there’s no excuse to wait!
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Knowing how much you’ll be earning is of course important.
In Utah, workers in this industry earn on average $44,274 annually, with the highest salaries being around $50,168 per year.
The average salary in the United States is a bit higher at $46,731 per year, and the same can be said about the highest ones as well since those are around $52,951 annually.
These are the salaries in the largest cities in Utah.Annual Salary Range:
|Location||Avg. Annual Salary|
|Salt Lake City||$44,409|
Types of Licenses for HVAC Contractors
HVAC contractors in Utah have a variety of licenses to choose from, depending on the system they plan on working with.
These are the licenses:
- S350 for Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition
- S351 for Refrigeration Air Conditioning
- S352 for Evaporative Cooling
- S353 for Warm Air Heating
- S360 for Refrigeration
As an HVAC technician, you might want to be a member of the Utah Plumbing & Heating Contractors Association.
If you want to be a contractor, you can perform work on both commercial and residential properties and you can even be your own boss.
Contractors can also hire service technicians to either install new systems or repair the ones installed.
However, it is the contractor who is responsible for the work performed by the employed technicians.
If you want to work on industrial units, you must undergo specific training, mostly because the work performed is specialized.
The locations below might be able to help with training or finding an apprentice program where you can learn the trade.
|Action Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric||3165 S 300 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84115|
|Applied Product Solutions||2822 S 1030 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84119|
|Bridgerland Technical College||1301 N 600 W, Logan, UT 84321,|
|Clearfield Job Corps Center||20 W 1700 S, Clearfield, UT 84016|
|Comfort Equipment Supply||125 N 400 W c, North Salt Lake, UT 84054|
|Contractor's School, Inc.||3191 S Valley St #210, Salt Lake City, UT 84109|
|Davis Applied Technology College||550 E 300 S Kaysville, Utah 84037|
|Dixie Technical College||610 S Tech Ridge Dr, St. George, UT 84770|
|Granite Technical Institute||2500 State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84115|
|HVAC Utah||3146 N Fairfield Rd, Layton, UT 84041,|
|Humphrey Plumbing Heating and Air||2124 Orchard Dr, Bountiful, UT 84010|
|Johnstone Supply||2979 Commerce Way, Ogden, UT 84401|
|Manwill Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning||385 E 3900 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84107|
|Mountainland Applied Technology College||2301 West Ashton Blvd. Lehi, Utah 84043|
|Mountainland Technical College: Orem Campus||1410 W 1250 S, Orem, UT 84058,|
|Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College||200 N Washington Blvd Ogden, Utah 84404|
|Rocky Mountain Gas Association||153 S 900 E Suite 3, Salt Lake City, UT 84102|
|Salt Lake Community College||4600 S Redwood Rd Salt Lake City, Utah 84123|
|United Rentals Power and Hvac||1551 Pioneer Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84104|
|Utah Plumbing & Heating Contractors Association||PO Box 1718, Bountiful, UT 84011|
|Whipple Service Champions||963 Folsom Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84104|
To get licensed, you have to contact the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing found in Salt Lake City.
There are several subclasses for this license, and the one for refrigerants is a separate one.
- Have a liability insurance
- Have workers’ compensation insurance
- Register with the Utah State Tax Commission
- Register with the Utah Department of Employment Security
- Register with the IRS
- Register with the Utah Division of Corporations
- Submit a financial statement
- Submit 3 credit reports for all personnel
- Pass the trade exam
- Pass the Business and Law exam
- Prove you accumulated 4 years of experience in the field
If you happen to have an HVAC license from a different state, you might use the reciprocity agreement to have it recognized in Utah.
When you apply to get licensed, you also have to pay a $200 fee for the first classification, which each additional classification costing $100.
This license must be renewed but not without completing 6 hours of continued education.
- 3 of those hours are accumulated by attending a live seminar
The exam costs an extra $79, and you need to include this fee in the application with the other documents.
You can buy and bring a copy of Utah’s Contractor’s Reference Manual during the examination.
You can choose several answers on this test.
The code and OSHA standards are the main topics covered by the trade exam.
This exam costs another $79.
Both tests are administered by the PSI Examination Services.
You will have to renew your license before July 31st of the odd-numbered years.
Technicians who need to handle refrigerants are required by the federal law to get the EPA certification.
There are 4 types of certifications, with 3 of them being limited to types of equipment and the 4th one covering all.
Getting a specialized certification is only recommended if you’re going to work mostly with the appliances covered by that license.
This certification is obtained after passing a test and it never expires.
Getting into the field of HVAC is not very difficult in Utah, though technicians do need a license to practice their trade.
Utah, just like the rest of the USA, has a climate that makes the use of heating or cooling appliances and systems a must, thus the demand of these professionals will not decline any time soon.
Read the full guide: How to Become an HVAC Technician