Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Career Information

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

Degrees and certificates in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program may lead to the following jobs or careers:

 

Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic/Installer

$15.11
Entry Hourly Wage

Cost Estimator1

$19.02
Entry Hourly Wage

Supervisor of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers

$19.92
Entry Hourly Wage

1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher. Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence


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 DCCCD’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 colleges. 

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