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Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Program


Kenny Smith
Chair Industrial Technology Department
(940) 668-7731, x4426
ksmith@nctc.edu

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning technology (HVAC) is considered a high demand occupation throughout Texas. HVAC techs install and maintain heating and air conditioning units and may work for a general contractor, in building maintenance, for companies that build the HVAC units, and in sales of HVAC equipment. HVAC techs should display manual dexterity, be able to apply concepts to real life situations, and develop good customer service habits.

Beginning HVAC students can earn an EPA 608 Certification, which will enable them to handle Freon and dispose and recover refrigerants. Students can also become a Certified HVAC Technician through the Texas Department of License and Regulation (TDLR) when they complete their required first semester courses. North Central Texas College is recognized as an HVAC training site with the Texas Department of License and Regulation. Building Science is also included in the first semester of HVAC courses. Building science is a growing trade all by itself in the state of Texas, as conservation of energy and building efficiency now have to meet required standards. The building science training includes blower door technology training, duct tightness, and effective insulation evaluation.

Beginning HVAC techs can expect to earn between $15 and $18 per hour, and pay increases substantially in urban areas. Advanced HVAC Technicians can earn a contractor's license after completing four years in the field as an HVAC technician. With an HVAC contractor license, they can start their own business, or work as an advanced technician making between $20 and $30 per hour.

Students may pursue an Occupational Skills Award (OSA), Level 1 Workforce Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.