Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration

Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration


Projected Job Growth

Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration

Are you a problem-solver who enjoys working with your hands? At Platt College, our ACHR training program can help you turn those interests into a career! With our ACHR Technician training, you will get hands-on training from industry-experienced instructors who have real-world experience in this field. They’ll help you develop the skills you need to become a professional HVAC Technician.

Our ACHR training focuses on installation, maintenance, and repair of a variety of systems, including heating & air conditioning systems, coolers, chillers, icemakers, and more. You’ll also learn the theory of cooling and heating that supports all of these systems’ operations.

What Does an ACHR Technician Do?

An ACHR Technician installs, maintains, and repairs heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. In order to become an ACHR Technician, you must develop industry-specific skills, have knowledge of piping, wiring, troubleshooting, and be comfortable using power tools.

  • Some roles and duties of an ACHR Technician include:
  • Using blueprints to install or repair systems
  • Installing electrical wiring and controls
  • Repairing or replacing broken parts
  • Understanding EPA regulations

ACHR Technicians work in a variety of commercial, residential, and industrial settings. Some technicians choose to focus on one particular system or setting. Most technicians work for construction contractors, but some are self-employed.

How do I Become an ACHR Technician?

In order to become an ACHR Technician, you need to fulfill certain requirements. First, earn your high school diploma or GED. Basic skills in math and science are helpful for this field, which you can get from a high-school education or its equivalent. Second, a diploma from a technical or trade school like Platt College is essential! A trade school program provides the hands-on experience and the necessary instruction to prepare you for a career as an ACHR Tech. Next, depending on what state you live in, you may need to get an HVAC license that permits you to work as a Technician in your state. Lastly, depending on what kind of HVAC work you are performing, you may need to get your EPA certification. If your work involves refrigerant, for example, the EPA requires that you be certified.

Why Should I Become an ACHR Technician?

Job growth in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration industry is strong. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average of other occupations. With new and advanced technologies available to consumers, older HVAC systems are far less appealing to consumers who want more efficient and cost-effective technology. Because of this, HVAC Technicians are busier than ever installing new systems!

In addition to being in demand, ACHR Technicians have the opportunity for growth in their professional careers. With hard work and dedication to the job, you can advance from a service technician to an installer, operation manager, distribution manager, and more.


Where Do ACHR Technicians Work?

ACHR professionals typically work for contractors, commercial & industrial machinery repair businesses, and hardware, plumbing, & equipment wholesalers.

Once they meet specific state requirements, many ACHR Technicians choose to be self-employed, which allows them to own their own business, set their work schedules, and determine the number of hours they work each week.

How Much do ACHR Technicians earn?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC Technicians earn a median salary of $45,910 per year with the top 10% of earners bringing in more than $73,350 annually.


More questions?

If you are searching for ACHR training, contact us today and we can answer any questions you have about our ACHR Technician program!

We know that a decision to attend Platt College is an important step in your personal and professional life. We are committed to making sure that you have all of the information you need to make a career training decision that’s right for you!


Platt College’s Moore, OK campus offers the Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration (ACHR) program.

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Programs vary by location.
High school diploma, GED or equivalent required.
See school catalog for specific programmatic admissions requirements.