Data shows positive growth projections for HVAC jobs going through at least 2022.Wyoming Department of Workforce ServicesWhile at the state level Wyoming doesn’t license HVAC technicians, its largest cities do. Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Gillette all have a similar licensing process that involves gaining years of experience and leveling up through the three licensing phases (apprentice, journeyman, master) by passing exams. Anyone working on the service or install side of the HVAC industry in these cities must be licensed.
With a master-level license, you can start your own contracting business in Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Gillette.
Licensing requirements in other cities and counties can vary, so you’ll need to check the requirements for your local jurisdiction.
Federal EPA Section 608 Certification
Of course, your city-level license isn’t the only thing you need to think about. Anybody working with pressurized ammonia and Freon based ozone-depleting refrigerants still commonly found in older systems must hold the EPA’s Section 608 certification. This is a universal, federal requirement for HVAC techs and installers throughout the country so everybody in the industry holds this card.
There are four types of this certification that depend on what type of work you’ll be doing:
To earn any of these certifications you must pass the EPA exam specific to the certification type. Same-day education and certification programs are common. Check with your local HVAC college program, with your employer, or with the EPA to find out when and where the next nearest training is.
If you are working with motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems you must complete a separate Section 609 EPA-approved technician training and certification program.
City-Level HVAC Licensing Requirements
Cheyenne, Casper, Laramie, and Gillette have a similar licensing framework for those working in the HVAC industry, which involves progressing through the three standard licensing phases common in the skilled trades:
Getting an apprentice, journeyman, or master license is done by filing an application with each respective city. The official titles of the licenses vary somewhat between cities.
The apprentice level does not require any examinations or experience, and can be thought of as an entry-level position. Moving up to journeyman and then master requires gaining years of experience and passing an exam for each level. This required amount of experience can vary somewhat between cities.
If you are licensed in one city, you can generally gain an equivalent license in another city via reciprocity.
Each city accepts exams from the International Code Council (ICC). When you want to apply for the journeyman level and then master level, you’ll first have to pass the appropriate exam from the ICC. Exams are administered by the third-party testing company Pearson VUE, the company you’ll register with to take the exam at an approved testing location.
It’s an Exciting Time for the HVAC Industry in Wyoming
Technological developments combined with increasing climate extremes and a growing environmental awareness make Wyoming an exciting place to be right now if you’re an HVAC technician. This field is booming, and it’s only going to get better going forward.Data from the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services backs this up, showing positive growth projections for HVAC jobs going through at least 2022.
By 2013 Wyoming utilities were already making huge investments in supporting HVAC system retrofits for energy efficiency. Back then they put up $6 million to promote this goal.
Since then support for energy efficiency has only grown. With the highest industrial electricity costs of all states in the mountain region, Wyoming benefits financially as well as environmentally from energy savings.
This helps to understand why the Wyoming State Energy Office is also doing its part to underwrite improvements that stimulate the HVAC industry. In 2017 it was offering to pay small businesses throughout the state 75 percent of the costs incurred from installing energy efficient retrofits. It took this program a step further to encourage local governments to upgrade their old HVAC systems by offering to cover up to 90 percent of the costs.
Altogether the state budgeted $235,000 for these two projects combined.
Not to be outdone, Rocky Mountain Power is one of the private-sector companies that’s offering incentives of its own. Commercial and residential customers can take advantage of hundreds of dollars in rebates to install more efficient heat pumps and water heaters.
HVAC in Wyoming isn’t just getting a government stimulus; it’s getting one from the private sector too.
HVAC TECHNICIAN SALARIES IN Wyoming
In Wyoming, the top 10% of HVAC technicians make an average annual salary of $68,480, or $32.92 an hour. The median annual salary for HVAC technicians in the state is $44,860, or $21.57 an hour (US Department of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2015).
Wyoming HVAC Technician Salary (median)
Wyoming HVAC Technician Salary (top 10%)
In Casper and Cheyenne, the recorded salaries were higher than the national median for HVAC technicians.
HVAC Technician Salaries in Wyoming’s Largest Cities
The data below, sourced from the US Department of Labor, represents the median to top 10% of earnings in both average annual wages and hourly figures. Data is included for five of Wyoming’s largest cities.
*Salaries that are higher than the national median or top 10%.
The Job Market for HVAC Technicians in Wyoming
From 2012-2024, the HVAC job market in Wisconsin is projected to rise by 5.6%. This change is expected to add at least 30 jobs, with an average number of 10 jobs added per year (Wyoming Labor Market Information).
Though the HVAC market is growing slowly, Wyoming is an ideal location for HVAC technicians who desire to work as independent contractors. Wyoming was ranked number one on a 2016 list of the “Best and Worst States to Start a Business” by Business Insider.
Wyoming ranked in first place because of its business tax climate—there is no corporate income tax, individual income tax, or gross receipts tax in the state, according to the article. In addition, Wyoming has a “great record of business survival.” With such a friendly climate for individual contractors, HVAC technicians are likely to succeed in the state.