Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology Refrigeration Systems Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

This associate's degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology provides knowledge and training in:

  • 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
  • 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 commercial refrigeration industry. The HV emphasis incorporates two classes in the fourth semester that are dedicated to Commercial Refrigeration.

Upon completion of the associate's degree, students may pursue a bachelor's degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology, or Building Automation Technology. Students may also complete the Applied Management degree, available via distance learning or on the Penn College campus.

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...


After Graduation


According to the most recent Penn College graduate survey (2012-13) the HVAC associate degree graduates reported a salary range from $25,000 - $55,000. The average full-time salary was $36,545. The survey had a response rate of 49% and was administered six months after graduation. Students completing the bachelor's degree in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning reported an average salary of $52,375.

Career Opportunities

List of jobs via the College Catalog.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $43,880 in May 2013. The top 10 percent earned more than $69,740.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors177,580$21.48$44,680
Direct Selling Establishments8,790$22.70$47,220
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers7,820$24.21$50,350
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance7,260$23.94$49,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools5,280$23.67$49,240

Statistics reported in May 2013

Transfer Procedures

View general transfer procedures via the College Catalog.

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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Tool List

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.

Clubs & Activities

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

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HVAC Technology Advisory Committee

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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.

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