Career Information

What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?


HVACR systems consist of many components such as motors, compressors, pumps, fans, ducts, pipes, thermostats and switches. Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose and correct problems throughout the entire system.

Technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair. Some specialize in one type of equipment — for example, oil burners, solar panels or commercial refrigerators. Technicians may work for large or small contracting companies or directly for a manufacturer or wholesaler. Those working for smaller operations tend to do both installation and servicing and work with heating, cooling and refrigeration equipment.

To be successful in this industry, you should be:

  • A problem solver
  • Mechanically inclined and enjoy working with your hands
  • Open to learning new techniques of working
  • Able to get through long days of standing, lifting and working outdoors in all kinds of weather
  • Willing to work with a wide variety of people
  • Knowledgeable about a wide variety of mechanical, design and engineering applications
  • Able to figure out what is wrong with the equipment you’re working on

According to U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the increased complexity of HVACR systems will create more job opportunities for service. Environmental concerns and new governmental regulations will require replacement of older units no longer in compliance.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet? 

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas' targeted occupations lists heating and air conditioning mechanics as one of its high-growth areas this year, projecting 3,350 job openings.  

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects job growth increase through 2024 of 29% for HVAC mechanics and installers.  

Veterans and Military-Connected Students

Employers are looking for candidates with military experience and education in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology. Through Dallas College’s Military Preferred Hiring (MPH) initiative, we can help you connect to these employers and present all of your qualifications.

Find out more about Military Preferred Hiring (MPH).

EPA Certification and State Contracting License Exams

You can also prepare for and take the certification exam for the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician’s EPA license (regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) at both Cedar Valley and Eastfield. 

Preparation for the state of Texas’s license for heating and air conditioning contractors is also periodically offered.