Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration

Program Director/Program Coordinator
Name Vacant
Title HVAC Instructor & Program Director
Room ATC-207
Program Area
Heating & Air Conditioning
Phone 409-944-1402


Student Success Coach/Advisor
Name Martin Crichlow
Ext 409-944-1401
Email mcrichlow@gc.edu

Your Pathway

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC)

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.

Galveston College’s HVAC/R program is an accredited NCCER program. Students will obtain credentialing that will allow them into an international database for prospective employers within the industry. Along with the NCCER certificates, students can also obtain three college certificates an associate degree.

Admissions Criteria

LEVEL 1 CERT: High school diploma or GED and complete the steps to admission to Galveston College. You DO NOT need to be TSI satisfied.

LEVEL 1 CERT. & AAS: High school diploma or GED and complete the steps to admission to Galveston College. You MUST  be TSI satisfied.

Impact Profiles

Impact Profile:
It’s Never Too Late to Learn

Demaris McCall, GC HVAC student
Demaris McCall

Career Opportunities

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 demand occupation with excellent 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.

Career Opportunities


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