Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology, Mechanical Systems
This associate's degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology provides knowledge and training in the air conditioning, hydronic heating, temperature and humidity control, air circulation, duct and pipe system design and layout, thermostats, ventilating equipment, automatic controls, commercial refrigeration layout and installation, and piping practices. Students learn to install and repair equipment in the lab segments of the major. The combination of lab practice and theory prepares students for employment and advancement in today's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and mechanical contracting industry. The HP emphasis incorporates two classes in the fourth semester that are dedicated to Commercial Mechanical Systems. Students can complete two additional courses if they wish to petition for the Plumbing Certificate (PH) upon graduation (see Additional Information for details).
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.