Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology (HVAC) is considered a high demand occupation throughout Texas.  HVAC technicians install, maintain and repair heating and air conditioning units.

Technicians may work for:

  • A general contractor
  • In building maintenance
  • Service companies
  • Sales

HVAC technicians should be able to apply concepts taught to real-world situations and develop good customer service habits.

Beginning HVAC students can earn an EPA 608 certification, which enables the use, disposal and recovery of refrigerants.  This is generally, an industry standard for technicians.

Students can also become a certified HVAC technician through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) after completion of the first semester courses.  North Central Texas College is a recognized HVAC technician training center for the TDLR.

Beginning technicians can expect to earn between $15 and $18 per hour, with substantial differences in urban areas.  Experienced technicians can obtain a contractor's license after completing the required hours as a technician.  With a contractor's license, they can start their own business, or work as an advanced technician.  Advanced technicians can expect to earn $20 per hour and higher.

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

First semester courses and credits required to earn the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
HART 1307 REFRIGERATION PRINCIPLES 3
HART 1301 BASIC ELECTRICITY FOR HVAC 3
HART 1356 EPA RECOVERY CERTIFICATION PREPARATION 3
HART 1341 RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING 3
HART 2341 COMMERCIAL AIR CONDITIONING 3
Total credit hours for the first semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
HART 2345 RESIDENTIAL AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS DESIGN 3
HART 2358 TESTING, ADJUSTING, AND BALANCING HVAC SYSTEMS 3
HART 2342 COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION 3
HART 2349 HEAT PUMPS 3
HART 2301 AIR CONDITIONING AND REFRIGERATION CODES 3
Total credit hours for the first semester
TOTAL HOURS 15

Third Semester

Third semester courses and credits required to earn the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
TECM 1301 INDUSTRIAL MATHEMATICS 3
Total credit hours for the first semester
TOTAL HOURS 3

Fourth Semester

Fourth semester courses and credits required to earn the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
OSHT 1320 ENERGY INDUSTRIAL SAFETY 3
ELPT 2305 MOTORS AND TRANSFORMERS 3
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3
GOVT 2306 TEXAS GOVERNMENT 3
Total credit hours for the first semester
TOTAL HOURS 12

Fifth Semester

Fifth semester courses and credits required to earn the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning AAS
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
HART 2334 ADVANCED AIR CONDITIONING CONTROLS 3
MATH 1332 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS 3
SPCH 1311 INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH COMMUNICATION 3
ARTS 1301 ART APPRECIATION 3
HART 2380 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 3
Total credit hours for the first semester
TOTAL 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.