Dive into methods and procedures in the classroom and put your skills to the test in our large-scale HVAC lab. After hours of 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, students learn how to tackle all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning projects. With a 98.7% graduate placement rate, you’ll have employers lining up to bring you on board.
- Learn 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.
- Keep your options open with seamless associate-to-bachelor degree pathways in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology, Building Automation Technology, or Applied Management.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment.
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).
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration equipment mechanic, estimator, sales representative, air conditioning technician, industrial physical plant maintenance, and environmental control specialist.
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 Contractors||235,440||$23.61||$49,100|
|Direct Selling Establishments||9,920||$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 Maintenance||7,010||$25.32||$52,670|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||5,900||$25.52||$53,090|
Statistics reported in May 2018
This major is subject to the transfer standards established in the College Catalog (www.pct.edu/catalog/TransferringCredits.htm). Exceptions must be approved by 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)
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.