HVAC Training Programs in Fort Worth
The Fort Worth, Texas, area has a few schools for people interested in studying heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The three featured in this article are all within about a 45-minute drive of downtown. Find out about the coursework and training offered by these colleges, and then review the table of school facts and figures. Also included are details on a couple of additional institutions in the area.
- Tarrant County College, located in downtown Fort Worth, offers two certificates and an associate's degree in the HVAC field.
- Situated about 41 miles from central Fort Worth, Eastfield College offers two certificates and two associate's degrees covering HVAC concepts in Mesquite, Texas. One of the degree options is focused on residential systems.
- Cedar Valley College, located in Lancaster about 33 miles from Fort Worth's downtown area, offers a HART program (Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology), which results in either a certificate or associate's degree.
Comparison of Schools
The tuition rates at the profiled schools are similar, but look over this table to explore the differing campus settings, enrollment numbers, graduation rates and more.
|Tarrant County College||Eastfield College||Cedar Valley College|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Two-year; public||Two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||52,957*||16,196*||7,443*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large suburb||Rural fringe|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$1,593 in-district; $2,862 in-state; $6,885 out-of-state*||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220 out-of-state*||$1,770 in-district; $3,330 in-state; $5,220, out-of-state*|
|% of Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||60%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||64% of full-time students*||59% of full-time students*||54% of full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students who began their studies in Fall 2014)||20%*||16%*||19%*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics
Tarrant County College
Founded in 1965, this college now serves more than 50,000 students and offers two HVAC certificate programs and one associate's program at the South Campus. Students are required to supply their own hand tools for all of the programs.
Installation Technician Certificate
This certificate program prepares technicians to install HVAC equipment. The certificate can be earned after students complete five courses, including basic electricity for HVAC, refrigeration principles and residential air conditioning systems design. This program can be used as the basis for the HART associate's program if a student wishes to continue his or her education at the school.
Service Technician Certificate
Students must complete six courses in this program, which can teach them how to repair air conditioning and heating systems. Students also learn about ventilation in HVAC systems. Courses include air conditioning control principles, gas and electric heating, advanced electricity and commercial refrigeration. Students can also use this program as the foundation to the HART associate's program.
Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
This program combines the knowledge covered in the service technician and installation technician certificate programs. Coursework covers the basic procedures of troubleshooting and installing HVAC equipment. General education courses are also required, covering topics like English, math and communications.
Eastfield College is part of the Dallas Community College District. Founded in 1970, it offers four programs that may be of interest to students pursuing HVAC careers.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - Residential Technician I
This is a two-semester certificate program. Students must complete six courses totaling 24 credits. Topics include air conditioning control principles, heat pumps and residential air conditioning.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - Residential Technician III Level II
This program is completed over three semesters and requires a minimum of 48 credits. HART courses include heat pumps, air conditioning troubleshooting and air conditioning systems design. Students must also take math courses and electives, such as accounting, business or construction methods.
Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
This associate's degree program takes two years to complete and requires 60 credits. Students are expected to take general education courses along with courses covering air conditioning control principles, commercial refrigeration, electricity for HVAC and energy management. A practicum must be completed in the final semester, which is individualized for each student by the department and the student's employer.
Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology - Residential
The school also offers a residential program, which requires a minimum of 60 credits to complete. This associate's program focuses on teaching students common methods used by service technicians and does not cover commercial heating and cooling systems.
Cedar Valley College
Cedar Valley College is also a part of the Dallas Community College District and was founded in 1977. The main campus encompasses 300 acres of land. It offers some of the same programs as Eastfield College.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration - Residential Technician I
Students must complete 24 credits over the course of two semesters to earn this certificate. This program covers heat pumps, refrigeration principles, residential air conditioning and gas/electric heating.
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology - Residential Technician III Level II Certificate
This certificate program typically takes three semesters and a minimum of 48 credit hours to complete. Students must take general education courses in addition to courses covering residential air conditioning, air conditioning installation and electricity for HVAC.
Associate of Applied Science in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Residential
Students can learn how to install, repair and maintain air condition equipment used in residential settings from this two-year program. Required courses include air conditioning installation, heat pumps, air conditioning troubleshooting and residential air conditioning. Elective courses are also required in fine arts, mathematics and natural sciences.
HVAC certificate and degree programs are also offered at North Lake College, which is another Dallas Community College District member. It's located in Irving, Texas, just over 20 miles from Fort Worth.