HVAC, Residential 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 is emerging 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 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 students advance through the program, they will learn related topics of indoor air quality, load calculation, system design, and industry code standards.

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 become registered with the state by registering 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 owners or contractors, and
  • Refrigeration technicians.

Earning Potential

Heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer: $50,6731

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, x3587.


North Campus
South Campus


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

The College designed the Air Conditioning Technology program 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

South Campus

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
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
Second Term
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
HART 2368
Practicum (or Field Experience) - HVAC/R Technology/Technician
or Air Conditioning Installation and Startup
Third Term
HART 2345 Residential A/C System Design 3
HART 2349 Heat Pumps 3
HART 2301 Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Codes 3
Speech 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History 3
Fourth Term
HART 2336 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH 1332
Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: HART 2336 Air Conditioning Troubleshooting