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TSTC Advantage

ACT AdvantageToday, air-conditioning is used for comfort during hot weather, especially in Texas where the summers can be brutal.  But according to bigsiteofamazingfacts.com it wasn’t even invented for that reason.  The fact is that the world’s first air-conditioning system was invented not to cool air, but to dry it!   Inventor Willis Carrier was searching for a way to remove moisture from the air in a New York picture-printing plant and realized that water could be condensed out of air by cooling it.

And while our TSTC program’s name suggests the focus is only air conditioning and refrigeration, the curriculum includes aspects of heating as well.  A complete system is capable of adding and removing heat and moisture and filtering dust and odors — all aspects you will learn at TSTC.

What you’ll do!

  • Learn in the college’s industry-standard labs on high efficiency commercial and residential heating and air conditioning equipment, heat pumps, commercial refrigeration equipment and a 200-ton chilled water system

  • Master the skills of basic and advanced control systems, plus Direct Digital Control Systems

  • Gain skills in advanced refrigerant recovery systems and other critical environmental issues involving the industry

  • Learn to use the software systems utilized in the field

TSTC’s star power prep

  • 5 semesters of intensive training utilizing equipment found in the air conditioning industry

  • Small class sizes with a lot of one-to-one faculty interaction

  • Faculty who have years of experience in the field

  • A well-rounded curriculum guided by an industry advisory committee

  • Opportunity to test for the certification required for those working with refrigerants during the service, repair or disposal of appliances and industrial process refrigeration

Additional credentialing

Under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency requires individuals to be certified before allowing them to work with refrigerants during the service, repair or disposal of appliances and industrial process refrigeration.  TSTC’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program offers testing to obtain this vital certification, arming you with the TSTC advantage.


TSTC’s Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology faculty members come to the college with years of professional experience in their fields. 

Its faculty members are certified to work with refrigerants during the service, repair or disposal of appliances and industrial process refrigeration.

The Air Conditioning & Refrigeration faculty are active members of professional organizations including North American Technician Excellence (NATE) and Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). 

Small class size

At TSTC, our Air Conditioning classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.

Hands-on learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students spend more than 60 percent of their time learning by doing the actual work they will be skilled to perform upon graduation. . It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.

Advisory committee

With an advisory committee consisting of current air conditioning industry professionals, who meet at least annually to direct the program’s curriculum, TSTC ensures its program matches industry needs.  This partnership makes it easier for TSTC graduates to be work ready and obtain jobs.  Many major companies understand the important part they play by serving on a TSTC advisory committee.  



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