I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering and working in State of Texas for the past 5-6 yrs. I am not a licensed engineer yet. I am planning to change career into HVAC since it is a fast growing career.
For a person who has a degree in mechanical engineer, State of Texas has a following rule in order to get a license in HVAC:-
Sec. 1302.255. Eligibility Requirements:
(Applies only to a license application submitted to TDLR on or after November 1, 2012.)
(a) An applicant for a license under this subchapter must:
(1) be at least 18 years old; and
(2) have at least 48 months of practical experience in air conditioning and refrigeration-related work
under the supervision of a licensed air conditioning and refrigeration contractor in the preceding
(a-1) An applicant who has equivalent experience in another state or who held an equivalent license in another
state may receive credit for the experience as determined by the executive director.
(b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (a)(2), an applicant may satisfy a portion of the practical
experience requirement as provided by Subsection (c).
(c)An applicant who obtains a degree or diploma or completes a certification program from an institution of
higher education that holds a certificate of authority issued by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
Board, or an equivalent governing body in another state as approved by the executive director, may satisfy
a portion of the practical experience requirement as follows:
(1) completing a four-year degree or diploma in air conditioning engineering or technology,
refrigeration engineering or technology, or mechanical engineering is equivalent to 24 months of
The applicable requirement in my case would be(c)(1) which i will get equivalent to 24 months of practical experience.
I am thinking of getting additional 24 months experience in order to be licensed in Texas. My question to all of you pro here in this forum is -
What do you guys suggest. Will the additional 24 months experience would be sufficient to handle the HVAC job?If yes, is there anybody who will be looking to provide me practical training. I live here in Austin, Texas
You guys suggest me to join courses in community college to get degree in HVAC. Please help me and provide me some practical suggestion.Thank you