Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) field is an exciting place to work with many different areas a person could specialize in. The field is rapidly expanding and changing as advanced technology is changing the way equipment is controlled, and the way technicians work on them.

Individuals who gain the skills necessary to work on modern refrigeration and air conditioning, or heating equipment, will be assured of finding employment. Currently, there is a shortage of technicians in all of the trades, such as plumbing, electrical, and electronics, but HVAC is an area where the nationwide shortage is huge.

Being a trained and certified technician could not only mean steady employment and being able to make a good living, but it also means being able to go anywhere in the country and and still have a shortage of technicians who know what you know how to do.


Student and Instructor working Student working in HVAC lab Two students working on AC unit


Program Details

Apply for General Scholarships through the Financial Aid Portal

How to Apply

  1. Login to your My MC Portal
  2. Click the Students tab
  3. Click the "Financial Aid Portal" link
  4. Under Log In, provide your Social Security Number and password. If you do not have a password, click the "First Time User" link at the bottom-right and follow prompts.

For additional general scholarship details and deadlines, visit the General Scholarships page.

General Scholarships

Missing the "Financial Aid Portal" link?

To have access to the Financial Aid portal and apply for scholarships, the student's FAFSA application must be on file with MC Financial Aid.

If the students FAFSA application is not on file with MC Financial Aid, the student must fill out the FAFSA application first and once processed, will be able to complete the general scholarship application.

FAFSA Information

Technicians in the Heating and Air Conditioning/Commercial Refrigeration field can work in many different environments and positions. For Instance, someone working in the residential and light commercial Heating and Air Conditioning segment may or may not be required to work on commercial equipment such as walk in units or ice machines. On the other hand, someone working in the commercial segment may find themselves only working on commercial equipment, and not on heating or air conditioning units.

Individuals can continue to study and improve their job skills and knowledge and specialize in different areas. With formal training and experience a technician can work his way up into a management position such as service manager or sales manager. This is not guaranteed, and for a technician to be hired in positions and jobs that they want, a continuous effort to gain more knowledge in this field is going to be mandatory. There are really too many jobs and positions to list here, but if a person is willing to work hard and gain experience and credentials or certifications, the individual could work themselves into any area of this career that they wanted.

In Texas, there is a requirement for individuals who will be performing work for residential or commercial work are required to be registered with the state. This is basically a background check. Employers are required to comply with this law in regards to people they hire to perform the work. A person who has a criminal record can apply for the registration, and if denied can appeal the decision. Those who cannot be registered as a technician can still work legally under the law in the new construction field where units and equipment are being installed in buildings that are not already occupied.

Visit the course catalog for the most complete and up-to-date information.


Why study Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology at MC?


PLEASE NOTE: Completion of Midland College degrees and/or certificates does not guarantee eligibility to take a certification/registry/licensure examination. The eligibility of each person is determined on an individual basis by the regulatory body of the specific discipline. If you have a conviction of a crime other than a minor traffic violation, physical or mental disability/illness, hospitalization/treatment for chemical dependency within the past five years, current intemperate use of drugs or alcohol or a previous denial of a licensure or action by a licensing authority, you will need to contact the specific regulatory body for an individual ruling. Some programs require a criminal background check and urine and drug screen.



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