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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Beat the heat with a job that’s on-the-go and in demand

Technicians who can install, repair, and maintain heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems in residential and commercial settings are always in demand. The Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology Program at Austin Community College provides the knowledge and skills needed to enter the HART profession and advance your technical skills. Courses cover the principles of heat transfer, pressure and temperature laws, soldering, electrical circuits, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures, plus the use of test equipment and mechanical code. Upon completion, students are ready to take the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification exam.

Skills You Gain

The Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology Program is intended to build expertise in the installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial and residential climate control systems. All students, especially those who are new to college, are encouraged to begin with the certificate program, which studies the basics of service and repair and includes academic courses such as college algebra and English composition. The associate degree builds upon the subject matter in the certificate program by focusing on areas such as the principles of heat transfer, pressure and temperature laws, soldering, electrical circuits, troubleshooting, and maintenance procedures, plus the use of test equipment and mechanical code.

Employment Opportunities

Most graduates work in residential and commercial heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. Employment opportunities exist nationwide. Large and small companies hire HARTs, and experienced technicians often start their own specialized companies. Other major employers include school districts, colleges, and state and local governments (e.g., the city of Austin).

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Job Titles & Career Information

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers
18.62 Hourly Wage 2515 Currently Employed
Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
2515 Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.59 % over the next four years.
Austin Community College MSA Map
Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
18.62 Hourly Wage 2515 Currently Employed
Install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.
2515 Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.59 % over the next four years.
Austin Community College MSA Map

Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

View the program maps below to see the sequence of courses needed to complete your chosen degree or certificate in this program.

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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your short and long-term goals. Visit our awards page to learn about the types of credentials we offer and the differences between each. 

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