HVAC Apprenticeship Program

Federal & State Approved Apprenticeship Program

Service Legends is honored to have our very own Federal & State Approved apprenticeship program for the positions of Service/Maintenance Technician and HVAC Installation Technician. This program is built and designed to prepare team members with the skill sets to enjoy a rewarding career as a Heating and Air Conditioning Professional in Des Moines, earning great income in a trade that will ALWAYS have a high demand.

Individuals that join the team for the apprenticeship program will be on a probationary period for 6 weeks. This time will be spent in intensive studying, training, and on-the-job shadowing. Starting pay is $13.20 per hour and once they have completed the intensive 6 week training period and have graduated to their own van, the pay is increased to $16.50 per hour. During the first 6 weeks the new apprentices will be required to pass and obtain the following items:

  1. EPA certification
  2. Quality exams 1-5
  3. 240 hours of on-the-job training
  4. 96 hours of technical training

Wage increases will be granted upon the successful completion of both the on-the-job training and the related instruction. Apprentices shall be paid a progressively increasing schedule of wages based on the following schedule:

1st Period  1000 Hours 40% $13.20
2nd Period  1000 Hours 50% $16.50
3rd Period  1000 Hours 55% $18.15
4th Period  1000 Hours 60% $19.80
5th Period  1000 Hours 65% $21.45
6th Period  1000 Hours 75% $24.75
7th Period  1000 Hours 80% $26.40
8th Period  1000 Hours 85% $28.05


Journey worker’s completion hourly wage = $33 per hour Plus BenefitsApply Now


Work Processes for the Trade of HVAC Installer-Servicer

Installs, services, and repairs environmental control systems in residences utilizing knowledge of refrigeration theory, pipefitting, and structural layout: Mounts compressor and condenser units on platform or floor, using hand tools, following blueprints or engineering specifications. Fabricates, assembles, and installs ductwork, using portable metalworking tools. Installs evaporator unit in chassis or in air duct system, using hand tools. Cuts and bends tubing to correct length and shape use cutting and bending equipment and tools. Cuts and threads pipe, using machine threading or hand threading equipment. Joins tubing or pipe to various refrigerating units by means of sleeves, couplings, or unions, and solders joints, using torch, forming a complete circuit for refrigerant. Installs expansion and discharge valves in the circuit. Connects motors, compressors, temperature controls, humidity controls, and circulating ventilation fans to control panels and connect control panels to power source. Installs air and water filters in the completed installation. Injects small amount of refrigerant into compressor to test systems, and ads Freon gas to build up prescribed operating pressure. Observes pressure and vacuum gauges and adjusts controls to ensure efficient operation. Test joints and connections for gas leaks, using gauges or soap and water solution. Wraps pipe in insulation batting and secure them in place. Replaces defective breaker controls, thermostats, switches, fuses, boards, motors, controls, and electrical wiring to repair installed units, using electrician’s hand tools and test equipment. May install, repair, and service air conditioners, ranging from one to twenty tons of cooling capacity in residential homes. Apply Now


Hours for HVAC Apprenticeship Program


200 hours

Service Legends will instruct the apprentice in safe and healthful work practices and shall ensure that the apprentice is trained in facilities and other environments that are in compliance with either the occupational safety and health standards promulgated by the Secretary of Labor under public Law 91-596, dated Dec. 29, 1970 or State standards that have been found to be at least as effective as the Federal Standards.  

Installation and Service of Equipment

3000 hours

Furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, air conditioning, indoor air quality equipment, source removal.  

Piping System

1000 hours

Running and installing tubing and pipe for cooling and heating system; materials include copper tubing, copper pipe, PVC, steel pipe.  

Duct Work (Sheet Metal – Airflow)

3000 hours

Setting grills and registers, supply and return duct systems, exhaust fan ducts, airflow testing.  

Electrical (Low Voltage Controls)

200 hours


200 hours

Code requirements, static pressures, sketching, and duct design.  

Tools Knowledge

400 hours

Power drills, bender, snips, saws, rules, hand tools, torches, test instruments, sheet metal fabricating machines.  

Total Hours

8000 hours


Open Positions