Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology
The Bachelor of Science degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology addresses industry need for trained technicians with basic business management and supervision skills. Students in this major receive training in installation and repair of residential and commercial heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. In addition, students study methods of HVAC system design, advanced controls, energy management and project management. Students also learn skills vital to HVAC business operations in the areas of estimating, scheduling, material and equipment management, contractor/subcontractor relations, quality control, and supervision. Upon completion of this major, students should be equipped with the knowledge to design an array of HVAC mechanical and refrigeration systems, describe system functions, and communicate the operations and specifications of design systems.
The bachelor of science degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology will allow students who enter with an associate's degree in HVAC Technology from Penn College to obtain a baccalaureate degree with the last two years with no loss of credit. Students who have completed an associate degree in HVAC from other institutions will be considered on a case by case basis.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median hourly wages of heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers were $19.08 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.94 and $24.84 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $12.19, and the top 10 percent earned more than $30.59.
Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||149,540||$20.96||$43,600|
|Direct Selling Establishments||10,490||$22.20||$46,170|
|Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance||7,490||$22.10||$45,970|
|Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||7,350||$23.48||$48,840|
|Elementary and Secondary Schools||4,690||$20.94||$43,550|
*Statistics reported in May 2010
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Sigma Lambda Chi
HVAC Technology Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.