Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
About the Program
The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is designed to train individuals in the field of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment, maintenance and repair and in the use of EPA-approved recovery equipment.
AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science, Certificate Level 1
AREA OF STUDY: Construction Industry & Manufacturing
Degrees and Certificates
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration - AAS
Associate of Applied Science
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration - Advanced Certificate Level 1
Certificate Level 1
Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration - Basic Certificate Level 1
Certificate Level 1
The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program is designed to train individuals in the field of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration equipment, maintenance and repair and in the use of EPA-approved recovery equipment. Individuals satisfying course competencies have career opportunities in a variety of job classifications such as service and repair of residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems. All seeking employment as air conditioning/refrigeration technicians must pass an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification test. HCC recommends students pass this test before completing the program.
Students successfully completing any of the certificates listed below may apply a maximum of 21 semester hours towards an AAS degree in Construction Technology - Craft Management Specialization. For certificates with fewer than 21 semester hours, additional courses in Construction Technology, Business Administration, or other related disciplines may be required.
In addition, please note that a student may only earn one Occupational Skills Award (OSA) per academic year.
TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.
Are you interested in getting certified by the National Center for Construction and Education Research (NCCER), HVAC Excellence or NATE while working on your degree?
If so, you have selected the right program.
- The Basic HVAC certificate is aligned with NCCER.
- The Advanced HVAC certificate is aligned with HVAC Excellence.
- The HVAC AAS degree is aligned with NATE and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Our program is driven by industry. We aim to exceed the needs of industry by continually seeking ways to improve. Our advisory committee is diverse and comprised of representatives from companies that are traditional, non-traditional, private and public. Our industry partners include:
- Century Supply
- Houston Independent School District
- Jackson Supply
- Johnson Controls
- Yokogawa of North America
According to the US Department of Labor, the growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is expected to increase demand for qualified HVACR technicians. Candidates familiar with computers and electronics, as well as those who have developed troubleshooting skills, will have the best job opportunities.
There are 6,819 Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 8.2% over the next four years.
- The estimated annual job openings is 347 jobs a year.
- Median Wages - $19.50 hourly, $41,000 annually