NEXT PROS: Grey Harris, HVACR Technician

By Arkansas Next staff on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Jacob Slaton
“I’m always meeting new people. I’m never in the same place. My work varies from day to day, including installs, maintenance and repairs of heating and air-conditioning systems.” – Grey Harris

Grey Harris

Hometown: Russellville | Age: 25 | Where I trained: University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton | What I earned: Associate of Applied Science in HVAC and EPA certification | Job title: Service Technician | Employer: Jones Heating & Air in Benton

What does an HVACR technician do?

HVACR technicians install, maintain and repair the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems in buildings. These machines control the temperature and air quality in homes and businesses.

“There are opportunities to work in either residential settings or commercial settings. Management opportunities are also available.”Grey


• Install heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems for customers.

• Replace outdated systems with energy-efficient technology.

• Repair systems and replace parts when problems arise.

• Ensure the systems meet safety regulations to keep the environment safe.

• Record activities, installations and repairs over time.

• Dispose of hazardous parts and chemicals in an ethical and safe manner.

Job Outlook

Expected growth from 2016 to 2026 in Arkansas.

Average annual job openings in Arkansas.

Jobs in Arkansas by 2026.

Related Occupations

• Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer

• Electrician

• Elevator Installer and Repairer

• Control and Valve Installer

• Repairer

This option is for you if:
You can think on your feet.
You love diagnosing and fixing a problem.
You prefer to work with your hands.
You don’t want to sit at a desk all day.
You work well with others.
You’re detail-oriented

High-end earners (top 10%) make

Median wages in Arkansas
$36,850 Annual
$17.72 Hourly


Arkansas Construction Education Foundation
Arkansas Northeastern College
Arkansas State University–Beebe
Arkansas State University–Mountain Home
Arkansas State University–Newport
Arkansas Tech University–Ozark Campus
East Arkansas Community College
National Park College
North Arkansas College
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Southern Arkansas University Tech
University of Arkansas – Pulaski Technical College
University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology – Crossett
University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton


CenterPoint Energy
Kimbel Mechanical Systems
McKee Foods Corporation
Simmons Foods Inc. & Affiliates
Tyson Foods

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and

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