Heating and air conditioning are needed in all residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
That is why it comes as no surprise that heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration or HVAC is an industry that is spreading fast.
There is a high demand both for HVAC professionals and technicians.
In most states in the U.S. there are regulations to abide by, and requirements you need to meet in terms of licensure in order to conduct work as a HVAC technician.
These come in a great variety.
Here is what you need to know about being a HVAC technician in North Dakota.
As a HVAC technician you can expect a decent salary.
Beginner level jobs usually pay $15.67 an hour.
Once you gain experience you can expect the wage to be $29 an hour.
You can even strike up a wage of $34.15.
It all depends on the skills you have, knowledge, licenses, certifications, etc.
Here is a table of salaries you can expect as a HVAC technician in North Dakota.Annual Salary Range:
Average Salary of HVAC Techs in North Dakota
In North Dakota there is no state-level license required if you are willing to work as an employee of a business contractor.
You do need to check if there are some local requirements you need to meet, however.
On the other hand, if you want to start your own business and become a contractor you should read the next section.
The office Secretary of State awards licenses for many businesses, among which is HVACR.
The Secretary of State’s website stipulates the following:
“any person engaged in the business of construction, repair, alteration, dismantling, or demolition of bridges, highways, roads, streets, buildings, airports, dams, pipelines, and every other type of structure, project, development, or improvement coming within the definition of real or personal property, including the construction, alteration, or repair of property to be held either for sale or rental, and shall include subcontractor, public contractor, and nonresident contractor.”
The contractors who are willing to bid on jobs that cost $4,000 or more need a license.
As a contractor you may be a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership or Corporation/Limited Liability Company.
The fee for contractor licenses depend on the class of the license you want to obtain, as well as the cost, value or the price of the job.
There are four classes: A, B, C, and D.
Here are the requirements you have to meet to obtain the contractor’s license:
- Provide the details of registration of business entity, as well as the tax filings
- Provide a statement of the applicant’s experience and qualifications as a contractor
- Provide a certificate of insurance indicating liability coverage as proof that the applicant has secured liability insurance
- Provide a statement from Workforce Safety & Insurance that the contractor has secured workers’ compensation coverage
- If you do not have employees, you need to fill out a verification of non-employment from the North Dakota Workforce Safety & Insurance.
Once you acquired a license, you need to renew it once a year. North Dakota has no reciprocal license agreements.
There can be local requirements you need to meet as well.
For an example: Contractors in City of Williston must both obtain the State’s license and the City of Williston’s Department of Building Society license.
To apply for a state contractor license you must fill out the application form and submit it along with the other required documents to the office of the Secretary of State. You do not have to take an exam to obtain a license.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Certification is something that is obligatory for all those whoare involved in any kind of service, maintenance, or disposal of equipment that could release ozone-depleting refrigerants.
This is not specific for North Dakota, but it applies to all the states of the U.S.
As someone who will be handling refrigerants, according to the Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, you need EPA certification.
To acquire EPA certification you need to pass an EPA-approved test.
There are different classes of EPA certification depending on the appliances you wish to work on.
The EPA Certification makes sure that the environment is protected, since the refrigerants are dangerous both for the people and the environment.
HVAC technicians and other individuals handling freezers and chillers that contain gases need to be mindful.
There is a risk of toxicity, flammability, and other hazards.
Contractors need to make sure their employees attain the EPA certificate.
There are three types of the EPA Section 608 Certificate.
These include: Type I, Type II, and Type III.
There is an additional Universal Certificate that covers Type I, II, and III; and thus allows technicians to work on all equipment.
Type I certificate allows you to work on small appliances.
The Type II certifies that you can work on high-pressure or very high–pressure air conditioning and/or heating units.
Finally, Type III allows you to handle low-pressure refrigerants.
In North Dakota, you do not need to have official training.
However, the demand for educated technicians is higher. As a qualified contractor and technician you will have an edge over other technicians.
You will get employment more easily. Your business can grow more quickly as well.
There are many schools in North Dakota that offer approved HVAC training programs in installation, service, design, and repair of HVAC-R systems.
Here is a table of schools that have official HVAC training programs in North Dakota.
9 HVAC Schools in North Dakota
|Ashworth College||6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500, Norcross, GA 30092|
|Bismarck State College||1500 Edwards Ave, Bismarck, ND 58506|
|Cankdeska Cikana Community College||214 1st Ave, Fort Totten, ND 58335|
|hvacredu.net (Online Training)||P.O. Box 77, Heron, MT 59844|
|Minnesota State Community & Tech College||PO Box 566, Wadena, MN 56482|
|Minnesota State Community/Technical-Moorhead||1900 28th Avenue S., Moorhead, MN 56560|
|North Dakota State College||800 6th Street North, Wahpeton, ND 58076|
|North Dakota State College of Science, Fargo||1305 19th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102|
|University of North Dakota||Grand Forks, ND 58203|
There is a high demand for HVAC technicians.
The HVAC industry is a fast progressive one and it offers well-paid and stable jobs.
If you obtain licenses and complete training, then you will find it easier to reach potential clients.
The Secretary of State awards the licenses. Some cities have local requirements such as a license from local departments.