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
- 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.
Degree progresses from installation and repair of HVACR systems to advanced coursework in the design and management of residential and commercial systems.
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).
Graduates will be prepared to seek entry into the HVAC industry at two distinct points. Graduates may seek employment as residential or commercial field technicians of HVAC equipment and systems. Graduates will also be qualified to apply for positions with companies as field or shop supervisors, design assistants, project managers, superintendents, or other mid-level management positions. Some graduates will begin their careers as self-employed business persons in sales, service, installation or design of HVAC systems and equipment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,080 in May 2017. The top 10 percent earned more than $75,330.
Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Building Equipment Contractors||221,640||$23.30||$48,470|
|Direct Selling Establishments||9,450||$24.14||$50,210|
|Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)||8,150||$25.33||$52,690|
|Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance||6,650||$24.12||$50,170|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||5,750||$25.21||$52,440|
Statistics reported in May 2017
This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved the school dean.
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
- Mr. S. Curtis Bierly, Jr., President, The Bierly Group, Inc.
- Mr. Darin Bressler, Facilities Supervisor, Bldg. Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, PSU
- Mr. Paul Burd, Manager of Refrigeration & Store Service, Weis Markets, Inc.
- Adrian E Hales, Branch Manager, Makdad Industrial Supply
- Mr. Jeremy Hazlak, Energy Projects Manager, Weis Market, Inc.
- Mr. Michael D Jackson, Interim Supervisor HVAC & Controls, Penn State University
- Mr. Michael Kelleher
- Mr. Daren Lewis, Facilities Supervisor, The Pennsylvania State University
- Mr. Brandon M Marshall, Applications Engineer, Carel USA LLC
- Mr. Christopher McNally, Service Branch Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.
- Mr. Gregory J Miller, Project Manager, Southland Industries
- Mr. Daniel E Ogden, retired
- Mike Snyder, HR Director, HB McClure
- Aaron A Weaver, Northeast Regional Sales Manager, Raypak
- Bradley Willis, Project Engineer, Johnson Controls
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.