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 skills you need to become a professional HVAC Technician.

Our HVAC training includes a focus on installation, maintenance, and repair of a variety of systems, including heating and air conditioning systems, coolers, chillers, ice makers, and more. You’ll also learn the theory of cooling and heating that supports all of these systems’ operations.

What does an ACHR Technician do?

An HVAC technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. In order to become an HVAC technician, you must have strong skills and knowledge of piping, wiring, problem solving, and be comfortable using power tools. Some roles and duties of an HVAC technician include using blueprints to install or repair systems, installing electrical wiring and controls, repairing or replacing broken parts, and understanding EPA regulations. Some technicians even specialize in one type of system, for example, heating, air conditioning, or refrigeration. Most technicians work for construction contractors or companies, however, some may be self-employed.

How do I become an ACHR Technician?

There are a few steps you must take in order to become an HVAC technician. First, you must earn a high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math and science are foundational skills for this profession, and a high school or GED degree will prepare you to use those skills for future success. Secondly, a diploma from a technical or trade school, like South Texas Vocational Technical Institute, is necessary. A trade school program will give you the hands-on experience and the necessary instruction needed to prepare you to go out in the field as an HVAC technician. Next, depending on the state, you will need to get an HVAC license that gives you permission to work as a technician in your state. Lastly, depending on what kind of HVAC work you are performing, you must get your EPA certification. For example, if your work involves refrigerant, the EPA requires certification.

Why should I become an ACHR Technician?

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 14 percent from 2014 to 2024. 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 advanced, 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 to an installer, to an operation manager, to a distribution manager, and beyond.


Where do ACHR Technicians work?

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

Many ACHR Technicians, once they meet specific state requirements, choose to be self-employed, allowing them to own their own business and to set their work schedules and the number of hours they work each week.

How much do ACHR Technicians earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC Technicians earn a median salary of $45,910 per year with the top 10% of earners bringing in more than $73,350 annually.

More 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 all of the information you need to make a career training decision that’s right for you.

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High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.