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