Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

About the Career

Working as troubleshooters and problem solvers, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) technicians find employment in commercial, residential and industrial settings.

Technicians set up, maintain and repair HVAC units. They install compressors, motors, condensers, thermostats, fans, ducts, pipes and other electrical components and connect parts to duct work and piping.

Career Outlook

The Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board projects that by 2022 opportunities for HVAC technicians will increase 25.7 percent.

Certificate completers in the HVAC Program may find employment in many industries:

  • Residential, commercial and multiple dwellings
  • Manufacturing and production facilities
  • Hotel and motel facilities
  • Restaurants

About the COM Program

COM’s Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Program can be completed in less than a year, which prepares students for a successful career as an HVAC technician. After completing the first certificate, students may take the Environmental Protection Agency technician certification, which companies seek in new hires.

Classes focus on hands-on work with compressors, circuits and air-conditioning components and the science behind the way things work.

Certificate – HVAC Technician

Textbook not included.

Course Hours Cost
HART 1001

Basic Electricity for HVAC

Students will learn the principles of electricity as required for the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Trade. This will including proper use of test equipment, electrical circuits, and component theory and operation. At the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of basic principles of electricity, electrical current, circuitry, and air conditioning devices. Students will have learned to apply Ohm's law to electrical calculations; perform electrical continuity, voltage, and current tests with appropriate meters; and demonstrate electrical safety.

48 $345/350
HART 1038

Air-Conditioning Level I

This course introduces students to HVAC terminology, tools and skills. The instructor will discuss basic HVAC principles and guide students in hands-on activities.

96 $570/$575
HART 1005

Air-Conditioning Level II

Students will discover how to apply air-conditioning principles and will learn about air properties, routine maintenance, thermodynamics and compressors. Students will learn to correctly measure AC and DC electrical circuits as well as air properties and distribution.

96 $570/$575
HART 2036

Air-Conditioning Level III

This is an advanced course demonstrating troubleshooting principles. Students learn to use test instruments to conduct performance tests and to diagnose problems in air-conditioning and refrigeration components and systems.

48 $345/$350
HART 1043

EPA Course and Test 10

Federal regulations require that those who work with regulated refrigerants be certified. This course will provide intensive training to update students’ knowledge and/or skills in preparation for the certification exam, which verifies that students have an understanding of Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act of 1990. R410A

10 $200/$205

Marketable Skills Achievement Award – HVAC Technician

Course Hours Cost
HART 1038

Air-Conditioning Level I

This course introduces students to HVAC terminology, tools and skills. The instructor will discuss basic HVAC principles and guide students in hands-on activities.

96 $570/$575
HART 1005

Air-Conditioning Level II

Students will discover how to apply air-conditioning principles and will learn about air properties, routine maintenance, thermodynamics and compressors. Students will learn to correctly measure AC and DC electrical circuits as well as air properties and distribution.

96 $570/$575
HART 1043

EPA Course and Test

Federal regulations require that those who work with regulated refrigerants be certified. This course will provide intensive training to update students’ knowledge and/or skills in preparation for the certification exam, which verifies that students have an understanding of Section 608 of the Federal Clean Air Act of 1990.

10 $185/$190

How to Begin

New students must register in person at COM at the Continuing Education Office – Technical Vocational Building Suite 1475. Returning students may register in person or online at www.com.edu/register.

Financial Aid

  • Texas Public Education Grants (TPEG) – this is a grant based on need.
  • Hazelwood Act – this assistance is available to veterans, their spouses and eligible children.
  • Workforce Solutions Workforce Investment Act – this assistance is based on financial need.

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