Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Tech


Air conditioning technicians may sometimes be referred to as HVACR technicians and are responsible for installing, maintaining and repairing heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. These professionals work in industrial, residential and commercial settings. In addition to performing installations, air conditioning technicians diagnose and fix problems that they find in air conditioning systems. In order to diagnose problems, technicians may test system performance using special equipment, such as hand tools, laptop computers and diagnostic hardware. They may choose to specialize in either installation, or maintenance and repair.

Education Required

  • High School Diploma
  • On-the-Job
  • Associates Degree


Median Annual Salary: $30,000.00
Starting Annual Salary: $24,000.00
Senior Annual Salary: $46,000.00

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Heating and Air Conditioning Technology

What Work You'll Do

  • Maintain and repair HVAC components or entire systems.
  • Diagnose and fix many types of HVAC problems.
  • Conduct performance checks and regular maintenance to ensure extreme weather readiness.

Things You Need to Know

  • Know how to use various tools and diagnostic equipment
  • Work well with computer since HVAC systems are increasingly becoming more computerized
  • Have a knowledge of refrigeration, hydroponics or solar panels.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Physical Stamina
  • Problem Solving
Additional Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills since some sales of services may be required.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify repair solutions in an efficient manner.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand.
  • Be in reasonably good shape since working conditions may sometimes be uncomfortable.