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If you’re interested in working in trades, then a career in the HVAC field may be for you.

This career will heighten your hand skills and challenge your abilities, such as problem-solving and customer service.

So on this page, you’ll learn everything you need to work as an HVAC professional in Michigan.

HVAC Programs in Michigan

HVAC technicians are mainly responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing HVAC systems.

In order for you to perform these and others, you’ll need to enroll in an approved HVAC program.

Doing so will enable you to acquire the technical skills and knowledge necessary to work in the trade.

In addition, you’ll have practical training and field experience that will make you attractive to employers.

The table below lists some of the HVAC schools in Michigan that you can attend.

27 HVAC Schools in Michigan

School NameAddress
Ashworth College6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092
Careerline Technical Center13663 Port Sheldon Road, Holland, MI 49424
Delta College1961 Delta Road, University Center, MI 48710
Dorsey Schools – Quality HVAC Systems Technician Training35005 W Michigan Ave, Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties, MI 48184
Everest Institute21107 Lahser Rd, Southfield, MI 48033
Ferris State University-College of Technology1009 Campus Drive, Big Rapids, MI 49307
Grand Rapids Community College151 Fountain Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Henry Ford Community College5101 Evergreen Road, Deerborn, MI 48128
hvacredu.net (Online Training)P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844
Jackson Community College2111 Emmons Road, Jackson, MI 49201
Kalamazoo Valley Community College767 West "O" Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Kellogg Community College450 Hill-Brady Road, Battle Creek, MI 49015
Lansing Community College422 North Washington Square, Lansing, MI 48901
M-Tec at Kirtland-Gaylord60 Livingston Blvd., Gaylord, MI 49735
Macomb Community College14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088
Michigan HVAC Vocational Training Center1521 East Eight Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
Mid Michigan Community College1375 South Clare Avenue, Harrison, MI 48625
Mott Community College1401 E. Court Street, Flint, MI 11111
Northern Michigan University1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855
Northwestern Technological Institute24567 Northwestern Hwy, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48075
Oakland Community College2900 Featherstone Road, Auburn Heights, MI 48326
Oakland Southeast Technical Campus5055 Delemere Road, Royal Oak, MI 48073
Oakland Tech Center-NW Campus8211 Big Lake Road, Clarkston, MI 48346
Washtenaw Community College4800 E. Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Wayne County Community College-Eastern Campus5901 Conner, Detroit, MI 48213
Wayne County Community College-Western Campus9555 Hagerty Road, Belleville, MI 48111
Wm. D. Ford Career-Technical Center36455 Marquette Avenue, Westland, MI 48185

How to Get Licensed in Michigan

In Michigan, HVAC technicians don’t need state-level licenses provided they work under a licensed contractor.

Instead, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Bureau of Construction Codes (BCC) – Mechanical Division will issue licenses for HVAC contractors.

Per BCC, a Mechanical Contractor (MC) can perform installations, alterations, servicing, and secure permits for any of these 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 License
    • Solar heating and cooling
    • Solid fuel and vented decorative gas appliances
    • LP distribution piping
    • Fuel gas piping
    • Fuel gas piping and venting

Application Requirements for Licensing

To obtain a license, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Proof of at least 3 years or 6,000 hours of experience in the chosen MC classification or equivalent
    • Can credit 1 year or 2,000 hours if you completed one of the following:
      • 2-year HVAC program from an accredited school
      • 2-year training program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Submit completed Application for Mechanical Contractor Examination and Licensing form to BCC
  • Payment of the initial license application fee – $300 per classification, payable to BCC
  • Successfully pass the licensure exam

Taking the Mechanical Contractor Licensure Exam

LARA has contracted with PSI to administer the BCC exams.

Do note of the following:

  • You can only take the exam after getting the approval to test from LARA/BCC
  • You have a 1-year eligibility period to successfully pass the exam

Here are the exam details:

  • It will be a computer-based test
  • Exam can be an open book or closed book
    • Open-book exams
      • Hydronic heating and cooling and process piping – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • HVAC equipment – 150 questions in 3 hours
      • Ductwork – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Refrigeration – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Fire Suppression – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Solar heating and cooling – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Solid fuel and vented decorative gas appliances – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • LP distribution piping – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Fuel gas piping – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Fuel gas piping and venting – 55 questions in 1 hour
    • Closed-book exams
      • Limited heating service – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Unlimited heating service – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Limited refrigeration and air conditioning service – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • Unlimited refrigeration and air conditioning service – 55 questions in 1 hour
      • You can only use approved reference materials in the open-book exam
  • Exam fee
    • All but HVAC equipment – $50
    • HVAC equipment – $100
  • Passing score is 70%
  • You have unlimited attempts within the eligibility period to successfully pass the exam

Renewal Requirements

Your license is only valid for 3 years.

To renew, you must complete the following:

  • Submit and complete the online renewal application
  • Pay the required renewal fee

EPA Certification

Refrigerants are vital components of HVAC systems.

However, these are harmful chemicals that bring severe effects to the environment.

That’s why the federal government requires all technicians to get certified to ensure they can properly handle and dispose of these.

The EPA Section 608 Technician Certification has 4 types:

  • Type I
  • Type II
  • Type III
  • Universal

You can choose to certify for any one of them depending on the type of equipment you’ll work with.

To learn which one to certify for, read our guide to the EPA certification.

Potential Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HVAC industry will project a 5% employment growth from 2020 to 2030.

As a result, it will make potential salaries more and more competitive.

In fact, as of May 2021, HVAC technicians in Michigan can earn an average of $54,570 annually.

However, do note that experience matters when it comes to determining your salary.

New technicians can receive up to $36,780 in a year, while their seniors can receive more than $77,770.

The table below shows the salaries in 10 of the state’s cities for your reference.

Annual Salary Range:

Average Salary of HVAC Techs in Michigan

City NameSalary
Grand Rapids$45,593
Sterling Heights$47,728
Ann Arbor$49,048
* Salary information last updated 2024

Regional Salary

RegionEmployedAvg. Annual SalaryAvg. Hourly PayTop 10% Annual SalaryBottom 10% Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI290$71,450$34.35$89,840$38,800
Battle Creek, MI100$58,550$28.15$74,540$36,430
Bay City, MI60$55,830$26.84$81,170$34,390
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI3,870$57,340$27.57$80,670$38,270
Flint, MI330$60,820$29.24$83,350$36,550
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI1,620$55,940$26.89$80,350$37,200
Jackson, MI130$61,830$29.73$81,080$36,560
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI290$61,710$29.67$78,880$37,870
Lansing-East Lansing, MI550$58,810$28.27$82,890$37,040
Midland, MI90$52,500$25.24$77,280$35,420
Monroe, MI80$59,210$28.47$76,640$35,920
Muskegon, MI170$64,330$30.93$81,370$37,080
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI160$59,720$28.71$84,340$35,900
Saginaw, MI170$59,420$28.57$84,000$34,940
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, OCC 49-9021, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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