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.

Training Programs

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.


Applicants must

  • Present evidence of high school graduation or GED
  • Take a math test to demonstrate proficiency in basic math skills.

Application Procedures

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.

Financial Aid

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.

Other Information


Mechanical Contractors Associations of Texas
Glenn Rex
Executive Director
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
Raymond Trujillo, Coordinator
8409 Lockheed Ste. 19&20
El Paso, Texas 79925

Local 286 JATC
Joe Cooper, Director
814 Airport Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702

Local 404 JATC
Tony Taylor, Director
2002 Avenue J
Lubbock, Texas 79411

1505 W. 7th Street
Amarillo, TX 79101

125 FM 369 N
Iowa Park, Texas 76367

Local 68 JATC
Robert Cross, Director
454 Link Road
Houston, Texas 77009

695 Chamberlin
Beaumont, Texas 77707

5233 IH 37, Ste. A-2
Corpus Christi, Texas 77249-8653

Local 100 JATC
Debbie Vukovich, Director
3541 W. Miller Road
Garland, Texas 75041

Local 142 JATC
Frank Southers, Director
3630 Belgium Lane
San Antonio, Texas 78219

Local 529 JATC
Don Masters, Coordinator
510 Crescent Street
Waco, Texas 76705-2032

Local 146 JATC
Chris Moranha, Director
9920 White Settlement Road
Fort Worth, Texas 76108

Local 211JATC
2507 Old Galveston Rd
Houston, Texas 77017
Ira Schramek, Director

Steve Parker, Director
3194 Hwy 69 North
Nederland, Texas 77627