Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology (HVAC/R)

Quick Facts

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R) technicians to install, service and repair, the air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration units in our homes and workplaces.

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Job Titles & Career Info

Our Program

Why Choose HVAC-R?

  • Enjoy trouble-shooting & problem-solving
  • Specialize in an interest area within HVAC/R, such as solar panels, commercial refrigeration, residential systems, or resting and balancing
  • Enter an in-demand field with a bright job outlook

Prepare for What You Will Do at Work

  • Install, check & maintain HVAC/R systems
  • Work with other specialized workers to install large HVAC/R systems
  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components of HVAC/R systems
  • Follow government regulations when handling & managing refrigerants

Marketable Skills You Will Learn

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Personal & social responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Computer literacy

Before You Enroll, Think About:

Special Requirement: Hand Tools

When you enroll in one of our HART Programs, you are required to furnish your own hand tools to use while you are in the program and in the field.

These tools are not required on the first day of class, which is set aside for orientation.

Get Your Tools

You can get your tools at AC Supply, which offers a discounted price for all HART students.

You are not required to purchase tools from AC Supply. It is only an option because they are the same tools our instructors use.

AC Supply: List of Required Tools (PDF)Listen

On the Job

  • You may work outside and potentially in bad weather.
  • You may have to work in cramped, awkward, uncomfortable spaces.
  • HVAC/R technicians sometimes work overtime or irregular hours during weather extremes.

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Degrees & Certificates



Level 2
Occupational Skills Awards



Level 1

How Much Time & Money to Finish?

2023–2024 Academic Year

Degree or Certificate Program Title Semester Credit Hours Total Tuition & Fees
AAS Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Commercial HVAC/R Technician 60 $4,140
CRT2 HVAC/R Commercial Technician 51 $3,519
OSA HVAC Installer 11 $759
AAS Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration: Residential HVAC/R Technician 60 $4,140
CRT1 HVAC Residential Technician I 23 $1,587
CRT1 HVAC Residential Technician II 20 $1,380


  • Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
  • Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.

Continuing Education Programs

Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.

Earn More Choices & More Money

Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to career and promotion opportunities.

Next steps

Start on Your Pathway!


South Campus

Building Technologies Department

Call 817-515-4514

South Campus

Vivian Smith
Career Advisor

Call 817-515-4360

Email vivian.smith@tccd.edu

Updated February 01, 2024