Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
HVAC student presenting project concept

About this program

Hands-on learning is here. In expansive labs alongside expert faculty with 100+ years of combined experience, you’ll take away the technical know-how to excel in high-demand HVAC residential and commercial careers. From installation and repair to system engineering and design, grads are prepared to take on whatever challenges come their way.


Square Feet of Lab Space

Tech +

Learn Technical & Management Skills


Overall Placement Rate


  • Applications engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Sales engineer
  • Project estimator or manager
  • Commercial service & installation

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Refrigeration (ACR111)
  • Mechanical Systems Design and Operation (PLH113)
  • HVAC/R Electricity (ELT250)
  • Air Conditioning Systems I (ACR236)
  • Residential HVAC System Design (ACR239)
  • Print Reading and Interpretation (ACR118)
  • HVAC Controls I-Residential (ELT252)
  • Basic Heating Systems (Installation) (PLH236)
  • Advanced HVAC System Service (ACR249)
  • Warm-Air Heating and Duct Design (ACR251)
  • HVAC Controls II-Commercial (ELT253)
  • Hydronic Heating Systems (PLH244)
  • Commercial Refrigeration Elective (ACR) or
  • Commercial Mechanical Elective (CME)
  • HVAC Automated Design (ACR119)
  • Fundamentals of Engineered Systems Design (BHV311)
  • Heating and Cooling System Configurations (BHV316)
  • Advanced Cooling System Design (BHV320)
  • Advanced Heating Design (BHV325)
  • Advanced HVAC/R Control Systems (BHV365)
  • Commercial Refrigeration Systems Design (BHV400)
  • Environmental Impacts of the HVAC Industry (BHV431)
  • Mechanical System Design (BHV432)
  • Senior Project (BHV495)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM)
  • Social Science Elective (SSE)
  • Art Elective (ART)
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Ethics (PHL210)
  • Open Elective (OEA)
  • Cultural Diversity Elective: Humanities/Social Science/Art/Foreign Language/Applied Arts/Int'l Field Exp (BPT)
  • Small Business Management (MGT249) or
  • Managerial Decision Making (MGT330)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Interpersonal Communication (SPC201)

Fully Equipped Learning Labs

Test your skills in 7,500+ square feet of lab space that houses more than 100 pieces of equipment including gas and oil units, water heaters, heat pumps, gas and oil burners for steam or hot water heat, compressors, and more.

Student Experience

“We do projects throughout all four years of the program. We aren’t just reading from a book or looking at slide shows. We put everything we learn into action from installing a split system to doing a load calculation or a mechanical drawing in AutoCAD.”

Ryan Kerstetter

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology

Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)

The first-ever student chapter of the ACCA, our organization was established to promote education and awareness surrounding HVAC-related topics.

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.


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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Weis Markets service team hosts HVAC students

The Penn College HVAC technology program’s historically strong partnership with Weis Markets continued, as students in the commercial refrigeration classes toured a Weis store with members of the chain’s service team – including a number of graduates. The experience gave the students an opportunity to see operation of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment they covered over the semester.

More Information

Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA).

Endorsed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Approved National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) Bronze Certification training site.

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View the Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology Tool List.

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

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. S. Curtis Bierly, Jr., President, The Bierly Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Darin Bressler, '92, Facilities Supervisor, Bldg. Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, PSU
  • Mr. Eric Horvat, President, AJC Professional Services
  • Mr. Michael D Jackson, '16, Facilities Supervisor HVAC Maintenance Programs, Penn State University
  • Mr. Joseph D Jennings, Store Service Refrigeration Service Manager, Weis Markets
  • Mr. John C Makdad, CEO, Makdad Industrial Supply Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Brandon M Marshall, '15, Applications Engineer, Carel USA LLC
  • Mr. Christopher McNally, '85, '87, Service Branch Manager, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Mr. Gregory J Miller, '12, Project Manager, MMC Contractors Northeast Inc.
  • Mr. Aaron A Weaver, '99, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, Raypak
  • Mr. Bradley Willis, '16, System Application Engineer, Johnson Controls

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