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

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Condition and Refrigeration Technology or HVAC/R Program at Galveston College is designed to provide hands-on training on the same equipment used by business and industry.  In addition, this program is designed to provide the students with the necessary skills required to become a state licensed independent business owner/contractor or for employment in the industry as a technician in residential, commercial, and/or industrial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating.

Students will have an opportunity to learn various HVAC/R processes that will provide the basic preparation for entry-level jobs in the field of air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating with the initial focus placed on troubleshooting and service. In addition, they will learn the fundamentals of HVAC/R through hands-on training in (1) Theory of temperature control, (2) Electronics, (3) Design and construction of HVAC equipment, (4) Installation, (5) Maintenance, and (6) Repair. As students advance through the program, related topics of indoor air quality, load calculation, system design, and industry code standards will also be covered. Students are also given the opportunity to take the EPA certification test within the program. When job searching, this certification will allow the student to be more marketable in the HVAC/R field.

Graduates should be qualified to pass entry-level certification tests as required by business and industry.  In doing so, they will be prepared to enter a very high demanding occupation with excellent wage earning potential.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics, HVAC careers are expected to rise at an average rate of 9% per year for the next 10 years and HVAC career prospects for technicians with HVAC technician training are expected to be excellent, especially for those who have received training from an accredited institution.

Potential Employment Opportunities Include:

  • Residential / Commercial Technician
  • Industrial or Business Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC System Designer
  • Independent Business Owner or Contractor
  • Sales Consulting and Service Management
  • Parts and Supplies Distributor or Fabricator   




Galveston College's HVAC/R program is a accredited NCCER program. Students will obtain credentialing that will allow them to be put into an international database for prospective employers within the industry to view that students HVAC/R credentials. Along with the NCCER certificates, students can also obtain three college certificates and also an Associates degree. To view the degree plans for each certificate and the degree click the titles below. 


To view degree plans click the links below:

HVAC - Level One Certificate- Entry Level

HVAC - Level One Certificate- Advanced Level

HVAC - Level Two Certificate- Advanced Level

HVAC- Associate of Applied Science Degree


To view program cost click the links below:

Cost obligation- HVAC Level One- Entry

Cost Obligation- HVAC Level One- Advanced

Cost Obligation- HVAC Level Two- Advanced

Cost Obligation- HVAC- AAS


Admissions Requirements

1)  Complete the Galveston College Admissions Application and submit to the Office of Admissions. For more information on the admissions process and other admission requirements visit the Admission's Homepage.

2)  Complete the online Federal Student Aid Application at www.fafsa.ed.gov for more information regarding Financial Aid priority dates and time lines refer to Galveston College’s Financial Aid’s Homepage.

3)   Schedule an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss degree plans, tuition cost, registration, graduation, and any other academic inquiries.

 Student Success Advisor
Amanda Lozano
7626 Broadway Galveston, Texas 77554
Office #: 409-944-1401
Email: alozano@gc.edu


Admissions into the HVAC program occurs in the Fall semester of each year

The Program Director/ Instructor for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program is Ronald Foster. For more information on the Professor, current course offerings, with the corresponding course syllabus click on the instructor's name above. 

For more information contact Amanda Lozano at 409-944-1401 or alozano@gc.edu.


Updated 8/2/2016 - Content Author Lgreenfield