Texas trade schools, community colleges and vocational training programs provide 6 months to 2-year HVAC programs. HVAC courses often cover:
- Proper ventilation and air quality
- Repair, maintenance and installation basics
- HVAC systems and temperature control design and theory
- Design and construction of equipment
- Reading blueprints
- Electrical and electronic codes
- Parts and tools
- How to safely dispose of refrigerant products
HVAC school graduates are regarded as skilled after receiving additional training through an apprenticeship lasting almost 2-1/2 years.
Residents in Texas heavily rely on HVAC professionals to fix, maintain and install new air conditioning systems during the long months of hot, steamy weather. HVAC professionals are in-demand and can look forward to a long-term career. HVAC jobs expected to grow by 34% over the next decade. The mean annual yearly salary for HVAC Technicians in Texas is approximately $39,830.
A person that fixes, installs and maintains heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are called HVAC mechanics. These systems are vital to keep the occupied areas of homes, hospitals, businesses and schools at comfortable humidity levels and temperatures. Ventilation needs to work properly to keep the air clean. Refrigeration is needed for perishable items such as food, medicine and living cargo.
Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.