Do you enjoy working with your hands, repairing things, and solving problems? At STVT, our ACHR training program can help you turn those interests into a career. Through HVAC technician training, you’ll learn hands-on from industry-experienced instructors who have worked in this exciting field. They can teach you the HVAC technician skills employers are looking for.

Training to Become a HVAC & Refrigeration Technician

The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (ACHR) diploma program is designed to prepare students for a career in both residential and commercial maintenance and repair. 

Classes combine theory with practical application of hands-on skills, including the use of hand and specialty tools, shop safety procedures, as well as customer service skills. As part of their HVAC training, students will also learn troubleshooting, servicing, and repairing residential and commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems.

The ACHR graduate may be qualified for entry-level employment as an installer, repairer, or service technician as either a contractor or as a full-time employee. 

What Does a HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Do?

An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. To become an HVAC technician, you must have strong skills and knowledge of piping, wiring, problem solving, and be comfortable using power tools. By completing STVT’s HVAC technician training in Texas, you will have an opportunity to gain the skills employers want.

Installation Duties

Students in our air conditioning courses may learn about a variety of important systems, including:

  • Design, construction and operation of various air-conditioning unit applications
  • Installation of split and unitary systems
  • Application of psychrometric and air properties to examine the design and construction of fiberboard duct air handling systems
  • Ladder diagram completion
  • Soft copper tubing connection preparation
  • Basic electrical understanding

Maintenance & Troubleshooting Duties

In our refrigeration courses, students may learn how to perform a number of maintenance and troubleshooting duties, in addition to a number of supporting skills. At STVT, students will learn: 

  • Air conditioning system design, installation, maintenance, and repair including basic chill water systems 
  • Refrigerant reclamation and recycling
  • Technician responsibilities defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act 
  • Ventilation duct design and installation
  • Air flow characteristics
  • Heat gain/loss calculations
  • Refrigeration piping repair

Students may also learn general and specific repair skills, such as:

  • Electrical circuit troubleshooting and controls
  • HVAC/R motor control circuit operation
  • Maintenance and repair of gas, natural draft, and standing pilot systems
  • Repair of gas furnaces and force draft units
  • Maintenance of heating solid circuitry/flame controls
  • Heat pump theory and repair

Customer Service Duties

As part of our broad-based curriculum, students may learn general principles of customer service, including internal/external customer relationships, time management, best practices, and non-verbal communication skills.

Professional HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Requirements

STVT’s HVAC program provides students with the hands-on experience and necessary instruction to be successful as an HVAC technician. However, there may be additional requirements in some situations.

For example, the state of Texas requires that any person who assists a licensed contractor in performing air conditioning and refrigeration maintenance or repair work to be registered as a technician. In order to call oneself a “certified technician”, an additional qualification is required.

If you plan on working with refrigerant or certain types of appliances, an EPA credential is required.

Is a HVAC & Refrigeration Technician a Good Career For Me?

If you’d like to help keep the places people work, live, and play more comfortable, this could be the career path for you. There are a handful of other traits and qualities that may prove helpful in the workplace, including:

  • Reliability
  • Technical mindset
  • Patience
  • Composed when working with customers and clients
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Openness to a variety of work circumstances
  • Active personality
  • Steady hands
  • Customer service skills
  • Communication skills

How Much Money Do HVAC & Refrigeration Technicians Make?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC Technicians earn a median salary of $47,610 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,460, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,230.*


HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Career Outlook

Job growth within the ACHR industry is one of the greatest benefits of becoming an HVAC technician. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 13 percent from 2018 to 2028*. With new and more advanced technologies available to consumers, older HVAC systems are far less efficient and are costing consumers much more to run. 

Therefore, many consumers and businesses are making an effort to install newer systems that are lower cost and more technologically efficient, leaving HVAC technicians busier than ever. 

In addition to job growth and demand, HVAC technicians have the opportunity for ample growth within the profession. With hard work and dedication, you can advance from a service technician all the way up to a distribution manager and beyond.  


Where Can a HVAC & Refrigeration Technician Work?

ACHR professionals typically work for building equipment contractors, commercial and industrial repair shops, and equipment wholesalers. 

After meeting specific state requirements, some ACHR professionals choose to be self-employed, allowing them to own a business and to set their work schedules.

Do You Have Other Questions?

If you are searching for HVAC training, contact us today, and we can answer any questions you have about our ACHR Technician program. We know that a decision to attend STVT is an important step in your personal and professional life, and we are committed to making sure that you have the information to make a career training decision that’s right for you.

STVT’s South Texas AC, Heating & Refrigeration Program Locations

We offer our ACHR program at multiple locations convenient to communities throughout South Texas. Take a look and see which location could be right for you.


Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

Get Started On Your Future By Applying to STVT Today!

We’d like to invite you to experience our HVAC school for yourself. Our admissions team is ready to answer any questions you might have about our exciting program, so feel free to reach out for additional details. If you’re interested in visiting in person, we’d be happy to arrange a visit to our campus so you can see our students and instructors in action, and find out if our ACHR classes are the right solution for your career training needs.