HVAC, Residential Air Conditioning Technology, Associate of Applied Science
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.
- 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 technician
- Industrial or maintenance technician
- Independent business owner or contractor
- Refrigeration technician
Heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer median salary: $45,4571
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2017
For more information contact North campus at 281-998-6150, x7264 or South Campus at 281-998-6150, x3587.
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.
Associate of Applied Science
The Air Conditioning Technology program is designed to provide students with a study of electrical and mechanical knowledge, skills and abilities needed for employment in today’s residential and light commercial Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) careers. These skills help prepare students for employment as installers, salespersons and technicians in residential and light commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating. A graduate of this program will have a good foundational knowledge in the principles of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration, with main emphasis on installation, troubleshooting and customer service. Related topics of energy conservation, air systems design and analysis, advanced HVAC/R controls and air conditioning codes are thoroughly covered. While this degree provides the student with 45 credit hours of HVAC/R specific courses, it also provides the student with 15 credit hours of general education courses should the student look to pursue a higher degree in the future.
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 1441||Residential Air Conditioning||4|
|HART 1445||Gas and Electrical Heating||4|
|HART 2331||Advanced Electricity for HVAC||3|
|HART 2434||Advanced Air Conditioning Controls||4|
|HART 2442||Commercial Refrigeration||4|
|EECT 1300||Technical Customer Service||3|
or HART 2338
|Practicum (or Field Experience) - HVAC/R Technology/Technician
or Air Conditioning Installation and Startup
|HART 2345||Residential A/C System Design||3|
|HART 2349||Heat Pumps||3|
|HART 2301||Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Codes||3|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
|HART 2336||Air Conditioning Troubleshooting||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
Capstone Experience: HART 2336 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting