Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

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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 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. North Central Texas College is recognized as an HVAC training site with the Texas Department of License and Regulation.   

Beginning HVAC technicians can expect to earn between $15 and $18 per hour. Advanced HVAC Technicians can earn a contractor's license after completing four years in the field as a technician. With a 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:

  • Basic Level 1 Workforce Certificate (15 Credit Hours)
  • Level 1 Workforce Certificate (30 Credit Hours)
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (60 Credit Hours)

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Outlook

North Central Texas College students gain knowledge and skills needed to enter the industry as an HVAC and Refrigeration Technician. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in safety, electrical theory, HVAC tools, building science, troubleshooting techniques, duct systems, and maintenance practices. Students will have the opportunity to test and earn Basic HVAC Technician, HVAC Technician Level 1 and EPA 608 Certification.  

How long does this degree take to obtain? add

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Occupational Skills Award can be earned in one semester while the certificate is designed to be completed in one year. The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.

Does this program include hands-on training? add

Yes, HVAC labs and a walk-in freezer are contained in our Career & Technology building on the Gainesville campus. There, students will learn how to solve problems in a real-world setting.

Will this program transfer to a four-year university? add

Yes! The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) will transfer to several North Texas universities through AAS to BAAS transfer programs. For more information and a list of participating institutions, please review the AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways.

AAS to BAAS Guided Pathways

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should be allowed the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when applying for aid. For more information, call 940-668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

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Who may I contact for more information? add

Darrell Smith
Division Chair, Industrial & Energy Technology