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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program is designed to prepare students to install and maintain heating and air conditioning units. HVAC techs may work for general contractors in building maintenance, for companies that build the units, and in sales. Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition is considered a high-demand occupation throughout Texas.

Curriculum includes hands-on training that teaches the student how to safely handle, dispose, and recover refrigerants and in the course of the training the student will acquire an EPA 608 certification for handling refrigerants. Building science is also included in the curriculum in order to provide the student with a full understanding that the HVAC equipment and the building envelope are a system that works together. This building science includes blower door training, duct tightness testing and effective insulation evaluation. Upon completion of the HVAC degree, the student can be a registered certified technician in the State of Texas.

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mechanical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate the attributes of working collaboratively or independently under supervision.
  • Demonstrate the proper setup and the use of basic procedures related to the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning field.
  • Demonstrate the application of and the ability to properly use specialty tools used in the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning field.

This degree can be completed through a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes. The program is designed to take two years to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Degree Requirements

First Semester
HART 1307 REFRIGERATION PRINCIPLES 3 credit hours
HART 1301 BASIC ELECTRICITY FOR HVAC 3 credit hours
HART 1256 EPA RECOVERY CERTIFICATION 2 credit hours
HART 1341 RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING 3 credit hours
RBPT 1300 FUNDAMENTALS OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SCIENCE 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 14
Second Semester
HART 2445 RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS DESIGN 4 credit hours
HART 2358 TESTING, ADJUSTING, AND BALANCING HVAC SYSTEMS 3 credit hours
HART 2342 COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION 3 credit hours
HART 2301 AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION CODES 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 13
Third Semester (Summer)
TECM 1301 INDUSTRIAL MATHEMATICS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 3
Fourth Semester
DFTG 1309 BASIC COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING 3 credit hours
OSHT 1320 ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SAFETY 3 credit hours
BMGT 2309 LEADERSHIP 3 credit hours
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3 credit hours
HIST 1301 UNITED STATES HISTORY I 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15
Fifth Semester
BMGT 1327 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT 3 credit hours
MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3 credit hours
SPCH 1318 INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3 credit hours
ARTS 1301 ART APPRECIATION 3 credit hours
HART 2380 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Capstone Requirement: HART 2380 Cooperative Education - is the capstone requirement and may not be substituted. It should be taken the last semester before graduation.