Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
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About this program

Dive into methods and procedures in the classroom and put your skills to the test in our large-scale HVAC lab. After extensive training, troubleshooting, and testing industry-standard equipment, you’ll be ready to take on anything that comes your way. From new installs to repairs of existing equipment, learn how to tackle all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning projects.

Applicants of this major may qualify for the BE Scholars Scholarship.


Square Feet of Lab Space


Hired BEFORE Graduation


Overall Placement


  • Equipment mechanic
  • Sales representative
  • Air conditioning lab technician
  • Industrial physical plant maintenance

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)

​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)
  • Humanities Elective (HUM) or
  • Social Science Elective (SSE) or
  • Art Elective (ART) or
  • Foreign Language Elective (FOR) or
  • Applied Arts Elective (AAE) or
  • International Field Experience Elective (IFE)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103)

​​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.

  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH124) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)

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 aren’t just reading from a book or looking at slide shows. We put everything we learn into action."

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

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

Take part in community service projects, College service projects, field trips, and national ASHRAE meetings and activities including design competitions.

Skills USA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

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).

Students planning to continue in the bachelor-degree majors (BHD, BBT, BRM, BMA or BDM) should take MTH 180. New students planning to continue into a bachelor degree option should discuss their math placement with an advisor. Current students who have completed MTH124 and later determine to pursue a bachelor degree should speak to an advisor to discuss bachelor-degree math requirements. 

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

View general transfer information

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.

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

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

  • 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

Director of Admissions

Audriana Empet

SASC, Rm. 1075
800.367.9222 ext. 4530