About MTEC

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Who We Are

MTEC is a 501c3 non-profit HVAC-R technical training facility certified by the Maine State Department of Education, and supported by a network of over 300 hiring companies throughout Maine. MTEC programs and operations are overseen by an all-volunteer Education Committee comprised of business owners and professionals currently working in the industry.

What We Do

MTEC provides hands-on training and certification for individuals interested in working in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industries (HVAC-R). Currently, MTEC offers certifications and licensing preparation in oilheat, propane, natural gas, air conditioning, refrigeration, and plumbing.

What Is HVAC-R?

HVAC-R stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. On average, HVAC-R is responsible for up to 50% of annual energy consumption in both residential and commercial properties. Typical energy sources used by the HVAC-R industry are: oil, propane, natural gas, bioheat, solar and geothermal.

Starting a Career in HVAC-R

Nearly all commercial and residential buildings—from hospitals, offices, and schools to museums, restaurants, and shopping malls—need effective and affordable energy solutions in order to stay comfortable and remain cost effective to operate. In Maine alone, oil and propane are used in more than 70% of homes and businesses. As a result, the HVAC-R industry is projected to grow an astounding 21% by 20221—a number well above the national average for other trades.

A job in the HVAC-R business can grow into a long, stable career in a highly respected field. From small, family-owned oil and propane dealerships to large, regional distributors, MTEC grads are able to apply their skills to a diverse range of professions. Right now, there are hundreds of industry openings with terrific benefits waiting to be filled by qualified people, including:

  • HVAC-R Systems Service and Installation Technicians
  • Equipment and Energy Sales Representatives
  • Customer Service Specialists
  • Bookkeeping and Finance Positions
  • Truck Mechanics and Drivers

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012 Occupational Outlook Handbook