HVAC, Commercial Air Conditioning Technology, Associate of Applied Science

Program Information

The heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry continues to advance technologically, especially in the areas of computerization and sophisticated control systems. Thus, an upward trend increases in the changing skill sets required for successful service technicians. Students who are passionate about progressive technology and are interested in a satisfying, high-demand career based on skill should explore the San Jacinto College Air Conditioning Technology program.

The San Jacinto College Air Conditioning Technology (HVACR) 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.

Additional Information

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 register with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Air Conditioning Technology 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.

Earning Potential

Heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer: $50,673 1

For more information, students may contact North campus for Commercial HVACR at 281-998-6150, x7264 or South campus for Residential HVACR at 281-998-6150, x3777.

Campuses

North Campus
South Campus

Information

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) degree. The North campus also offers the Level 2 Certificate. All courses in each certificate apply to the commercial or residential AAS.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The College designed the Air Conditioning Technology program on the North campus to train students with entry-level Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) skills required for the field of commercial and industrial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating. The greater Houston Gulf Coast area is generally considered to be the most air conditioned region in the world. Graduates will complete their training in the new Center for Industrial Technology and may use their knowledge and ability to become a state licensed independent business owner or find employment with the many companies looking for qualified technicians. Training includes the installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial and industrial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment.

Admission

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

North Campus
3AIRC-C

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
HART 1401 Basic Electricity for HVAC 4
HART 1407 Refrigeration Principles 4
HART 1445 Gas and Electrical Heating 4
HART 2441 Commercial Air Conditioning 4
 Credits16
Second Term
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
HART 2368
Practicum (or Field Experience) - HVAC/R Technology/Technician
or Air Conditioning Installation and Startup
3
 Credits16
Third Term
HART 2302 Commercial Air Conditioning System Design 3
HART 2343 Industrial Air Conditioning 3
HART 2357 Specialized Commercial Refrigeration 3
HART 2434 Advanced Air Conditioning Controls 4
 Credits13
Fourth Term
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
3
Speech 3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: HART 2368 Practicum (or Field Experience) - HVAC/R Technology/Technician or HART 2338 Air Conditioning Installation and Startup