HVAC service technicians install, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and troubleshoot mechanical piping systems. These piping systems are most often carrying fuel, chemicals, water, steam and air through various types of heating, cooling, lubricating, and process piping systems. Pipefitters are employed in the maintenance departments of power stations, refineries, offshore installations, factories and similar establishments, by pipefitting contractors.
Five years of training are needed to become a journeyman HVAC service Technician.
Apprentice training programs are affiliated with local community colleges. Apprentices can earn academic credits towards an Associate Degree plan.
HVAC programs are approved by the Mechanical Contractors Association of Texas and by the local training organizations associated with MCA. Please see their contact information below.
- Present evidence of high school graduation or GED
- Take a math test to demonstrate proficiency in basic math skills.
Most programs last for 5 years. Training Program offerings will vary by location. Generally, some programs may require participants to attend classes two nights per week during 16 week periods. Many of the training programs listed on this web page accept applications for spring and fall semester classes.
What it Takes
In addition to the formal, on the job and hands-on training, these jobs require someone to like working with their hands, enjoy solving problems, are self-motivated, and have strong work ethics.
Many of the training programs listed are “earn while you learn.” Often, employers will pay for night training, and the apprentice receives paid on-the-job training during daytime.
Typical Annual Gross Pay In Texas
First year apprentice wages vary by location within the State, in the range of $14 – 18/hour; Journeyman wages vary by location within the State of Texas, in the range of $28 – 34/hour.
Mechanical Contractors Associations of Texas
5629 FM 1960 West, Suite 354, Houston, Texas 77069
The training facilities for HVAC programs are listed below. They operate under the Bureau of Apprentice Training, U S Department of Labor and are administered by staff that are employed and directed by labor and management committees in Texas.
Local 412 JATC
Local 286 JATC
Local 404 JATC
1505 W. 7th Street
125 FM 369 N
Local 68 JATC
5233 IH 37, Ste. A-2
Local 100 JATC
Local 142 JATC
Local 529 JATC
Local 146 JATC
Steve Parker, Director