Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Do you like working with your hands and figuring out what makes things work? Would you like a career where there's always a need for skilled workers? If so, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology could be a perfect fit for you. 


Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic/Installer$15.11/hr
  • Cost Estimator*$19.02/hr
  • Supervisor of Mechanics, Installers and Repairers$19.92/hr

SOURCE: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence Center

*This job typically requires a bachelor’s degree.

Heating and air-conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity and total air quality in all types of buildings. Refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine and thousands of other perishable items.

New laws require highly trained workers who can keep up with environmental regulations — and in Texas, there’s always a need for technicians who can keep air conditioners running.

Why Is This a Good Career Bet? 

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas's targeted occupations lists heating and air conditioning mechanics as one of its high-growth areas this year, projecting 3,350 job openings at an average salary of $22.76 per hour.  

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

See more about careers in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology.

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.

Guided Pathways in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
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Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology - Residential

Degrees and Certificates in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

 Cedar Valley College and Eastfield College

Find out more about the:

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit

Ready to take the first step toward your new career?