Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology

Learn to beat the heat and kill the chills with a job that's on-the-go and in demand

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians install climate control systems, diagnose problems, and repair sophisticated equipment. Technicians are always in demand and work anywhere climate control equipment is used.

ACC offers a two-semester certificate and a five-semester Associate of Applied Science degree to suit students new to college or the profession, as well as individuals with prior experience. Night and weekend classes are available. Plus, ACC is an official North American Technician Excellence (NATE) training and testing facility. NATE-certified technicians are recognized as experts and preferred by employers.

What skills can I 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.

How long will it take to earn a degree or certificate?

The certificate requires at least one year of study. Students who finish in one year complete three courses per semester plus one summer semester.

Students who are able to take three courses per semester can complete the associate degree in two years. Students who are employed will likely require more time.

Where can I work with this education?

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).

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applica