HVAC/R Careers

An HVAC/R technician is someone who installs, maintains and repairs heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration systems and appliances. HVAC/R technicians work for repair shops, utility companies, contractors or run their own business. In addition to their HVAC/R degree, technicians are generally required to be certified by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).

Employment Opportunities

HVAC/R professionals may do installs and repairs in a variety of environments, including:

  • Homes
  • Schools
  • Factories & manufacturing plants
  • Storage facilities
  • Restaurants & grocery stores


HVAC/R professionals need a wide range of knowledge pertaining to:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Commercial & domestic refrigeration
  • Automatic, electronic & programmable controls
  • Power sources & fuel systems
  • Heating & cooling technology

Industry Spotlight

As housing renovation continues to boom, more certified HVAC/R technicians will be needed. Also, HVAC/R technicians are at the forefront of environmental safety and technology. They can directly affect energy efficiency, water purity and overall conservation efforts while educating business and homeowners.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008