Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning
Students training in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

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 general contractors, in building maintenance, for companies that build the units, and in sales. HVAC Techs should display manual dexterity, be able to apply concepts to real-life situations, and develop good customer service habits.

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 and start their own businesses, or work as an advanced technician making between $20 and $30 per hour.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Outlook

At North Central Texas College students will be trained for system design, load calculations and building sites on residential air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, and building sites. Training in EPA recovery of refrigeration will prepare students for an EPA 608 certification. Due to the fact that North Central Texas College carries a license from the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulations, a student can become a certified HVAC Technician when they complete the Occupational Skills Award.

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.

Apply for Financial Aid

Who may I contact for more information? add

Darrell Smith
Division Chair, Industrial & Energy Technology