Hands-on learning is here. In expansive labs alongside expert faculty with 100+ years of combined experience, students 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. With a 98.7% placement rate, all that hard work pays off. In fact, many students have jobs lined up before graduation day!

  • Test your skills within 7500+ 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.
  • Explore real-world scenarios in 50+ two-story lab spaces.
  • Take a close look at various specialties in labs devoted to commercial HVAC, commercial and residential refrigeration, advanced HVAC controls and automation, plumbing, mechanical, duct fabrication, hydronic heating, heat pump training, and air conditioning.
  • Learn how to interpret HVACR building codes, regulations, drawings, and specifications.
  • Use industry software to calculate building load, design system distribution, create drawings, select equipment, and setup estimates.
  • Consider thermodynamics and apply principles of airflow, and ventilation, and energy efficiency.
  • Master management strategies and study how to effectively market HVACR products and services.

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
Accredited by PAHRA. Endorsed by ACCA. Approved NORA Bronze Certificate training site.

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

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Graduates  will be prepared to seek employment in the residential or commercial industry as design engineers, application engineers, and project managers, with some graduates beginning their careers as self-employed business owners 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 $47,610 in May 2018. The top 10 percent earned more than $76,230.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors235,440$23.61$49,100
Direct Selling Establishments9,920$24.08$50,090
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only)9,420$25.09$52,190
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance7,010$25.32$52,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools5,900$25.52$53,090

Statistics reported in May 2018

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved the school dean.

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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

  • Mr. S. Curtis Bierly, Jr., President, The Bierly Group, Inc.
  • Mr. Darin Bressler, '92, Facilities Supervisor, Bldg. Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, PSU
  • Mr. Michael D Jackson, '16, Facilities Supervisor HVAC Maintenance Programs, Penn State University
  • 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

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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Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701