HVAC, Commercial Air Conditioning Technology, Certificate of Technology
The heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry continues to technologically advance, especially in the areas of computerization and sophisticated control systems. Thus, there is an upward trend in the changing skill sets required for successful service technicians. If you’re passionate about progressive technology and are interested in a satisfying high-demand career based on skill, then the San Jacinto College air conditioning technology program is right for you.
The San Jacinto College air conditioning (HVACR) technology program:
- Is designed to provide students with the necessary skills required to become a state licensed independent business owner/contractor, or for employment in the industry as a technician in residential, commercial, and/or industrial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating; and
- Is made up of a curriculum that provides the basic preparation for entry-level jobs in the fields of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating with initial focus on troubleshooting and service. As the student advances through the program, related topics of indoor air quality, load calculation, system design, and industry code standards are also covered.
The Fast Track to HVACR program allows students to complete an occupational certificate in just 16 weeks – one semester.
Upon completion of each certificate, students may become certified with the state by registering with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
Graduates of the air conditioning program will enter a high demand field with excellent wage earning potential. Presently, industry advisors say the demand for technicians has a 10-year backlog, and a 21 percent growth rate, faster than the average for all occupations.
Graduates of the San Jacinto College air conditioning technology program have the opportunity to work as:
- Residential/commercial technicians,
- Industrial or maintenance technicians,
- Independent business owner or contractors, and
- Refrigeration technicians.
Heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer median salary: $45,457 1
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017
For more information contact North campus at 281-998-6150, x7264; South campus at 281-998-6150, x3777.
The Commercial Air Conditioning program is offered at the San Jacinto College North campus. The Residential Air Conditioning program is offered at the San Jacinto College South campus. Both programs offer an occupational certificate, a certificate of technology, and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS). The North campus offers the Level 2 certificate. All courses in each certificate apply to the commercial or residential AAS.
Certificate of Technology
The Commercial Air Conditioning Certificate of Technology is comprised of 32 semester credit hours and is designed for those wanting to complete the technical air conditioning technology courses required for a degree but want to enter the job market as soon as possible. All courses on this certificate apply to the associate of applied science degree.
No admission requirements.
Job entry requirements:
For students in this course who may have a criminal background, please be advised that your criminal history could keep you from being licensed by the state of Texas. If you have a question about your background and licensure, please speak with your faculty member or Department Chair. Reference Texas House Bill 1508.
Plan of Study
|HART 1401||Basic Electricity for HVAC||4|
|HART 1407||Refrigeration Principles||4|
|HART 2441||Commercial Air Conditioning||4|
|HART 1445||Gas and Electrical Heating||4|
|HART 2331||Advanced Electricity for HVAC||3|
|HART 2336||Air Conditioning Troubleshooting||3|
|HART 2301||Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Codes||3|
|HART 2442||Commercial Refrigeration||4|
or HART 2338
|Practicum (or Field Experience) - HVAC/R Technology/Technician
or Air Conditioning Installation and Startup