Last updated on July 18, 2019
Fact: Texas summers are hot. With average summer temperatures in the 90s (and sometimes beyond), the weather takes its toll, things break and then… who do you call? An HVAC technician, of course.
Air conditioning repair is a hot career field in Dallas – in more ways than one – and it’s easy to understand why. Air conditioning and refrigeration jobs are on the rise locally and nationally, with a 21 percent growth projection from 2012 to 2022 – that’s faster than the average for all occupations.
What Does an HVAC Technician Do?
HVAC stands for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Another term you might see is HVACR, which stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. HVAC technicians work with heating and air conditioning systems to ensure their continuous ability to properly maintain temperature, humidity and total air quality in various types of buildings. If you’ve ever endured a Texas summer, we certainly don’t need to explain why that’s important.
Refrigeration systems do exactly what you’d expect – they make it possible to store and transport food and other perishable items, and are used in a variety of different ways to ensure the quality of the products contained within.
That means a technician could potentially work in all kinds of environments – whether it’s business or residential, inside or out, in any kind of weather. Think you can take the heat (or cold)? Keep reading…
HVACR systems are also becoming increasingly complex, which means they need service more often. Because of that, the demand for skilled HVACR technicians continues to grow over time.
How Much Does an HVAC Technician Earn?
More than 270,000 people were employed as HVAC technicians nationally as of May 2015, making an average annual wage of just over $47,000 per year. If you live in Texas and you want to find work in the HVAC industry – you’re in the right place. Texas employs just over 20,000 of them, making it second only to Florida for highest employment levels of HVAC technicians. The average HVAC technician starting salary in Dallas is about $26,000, with 6% expected job growth over the next three years.
How Do I Become an HVAC Technician in Texas?
We’re glad you asked! One great option is through the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program at Dallas Community Colleges. Our “HVAC school” offers multiple options for those interested in HVAC training and certification. Programs are available at both Cedar Valley and Eastfield, with options that can be completed in as few as two semesters.
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration – Residential Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree
(Each associate degree can be completed in two years as a full-time student.)
- Residential – Technician I Certificate (This certificate can be completed in two semesters.)
- Residential – Technician III Level II Certificate (This certificate can be completed in three semesters.)
Interested in learning more, but not yet a DCCCD student?