HVACR Students

Air Conditioning

Certificate Technical Degree

Find a cool career in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) industry! San Jacinto’s HVACR program is designed to teach you the necessary skills required to become a state-licensed independent business owner, contractor, or employee.

Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

As a program graduate, you can pursue employment as:

  • Residential/commercial technicians
  • Industrial or maintenance technicians
  • Independent business owners or contractors
  • Refrigeration technicians

Earning Potential

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer: $54,806

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.


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HVAC, Air Conditioning Technology, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career.Complete your training in the new Center for Industrial Technology. Training includes the installation, repair, and maintenance of commercial and industrial air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.


The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. This program builds on the Air Conditioning Technology Occupational Certificate to provide you with more advanced residential and light commercial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) knowledge and skills. This includes abilities in electrical and mechanical controls and systems, refrigeration, installation, and customer service.
Length 1 Year
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 36 credits for this certificate in three terms, including a summer term.


The Occupational Certificate prepares you for the AAS degree or Certificate of Technology program or to advance in your current career.Gain the foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities to move quickly into the air conditioning and refrigeration field.
Length 3 Months
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 16 credits for this certificate in one term.


The content below shows a flowchart of the career tracks.

After San Jacinto College

Use your knowledge and skills to become a state-licensed independent business owner or find employment with the many companies looking for qualified technicians.

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You’re in Demand!

Air Conditioning Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the Gulf Coast area—probably because the greater Houston Gulf Coast area is considered to be the most air-conditioned region in the world. As a graduate of the Air Conditioning Technology program, you will enter a high-demand career with excellent earning potential. Here’s what industry advisors have to say about the field:
year backlog for meeting demand
projected increase in HVACR employment through 2026
new jobs in HVACR through 2026

More Reasons to Work In HVACR

  1. Job Security

    These jobs can’t be automated or outsourced, so people and businesses will always rely on HVACR technicians. 

  2. Always Room to Grow

    A HVACR career path typically begins at the technician level, but ambitious employees can progress to supervisor and leadership levels, and ultimately own their own business. 

  3. Get to Work Quick

    In as little as one semester, you can be registered and certified with the Texas Department of License and Registrations.

Contact Us

Have questions? Reach out via phone or email and we’ll help make sure you’re choosing the right program for you.
Mary Lindsay
DC, Consumer/Busi Tech Svcs
(281) 998-6150x3587
Durrell Dickens
Dept Chair, Industrial Tech
(281) 998-6150x7346