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.

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

7,500+

Square Feet of Lab Space

Tech +

Learn Technical & Management Skills

94%

Overall Placement Rate

Careers

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

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)
  • HVAC Controls I-Residential (ELT252)
  • Basic Heating Systems (Installation) (PLH236)
  • HVAC Print Reading and Automated Design (ACR103)
  • 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)
  • Fundamentals of Engineered Systems Design (BHV311)
  • Heating and Cooling System Configurations (BHV316)
  • Advanced Cooling System Design (BHV320)
  • Advanced Heating Design (BHV325)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Advanced HVAC Control (BHV366)
  • 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.

  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Environmental Science (SCI100)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Ethics (PHL210)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP)

​​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.

  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH180)
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry II (MTH182)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
Facilities

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

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Apr 17

Spring Visit Day - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Saturday, April 1710:00 AM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 19

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Monday, April 1910:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 19

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Monday, April 191:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 20

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 2012:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 20

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 201:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 20

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 202:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Wednesday, April 2110:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 21

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Wednesday, April 211:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 2212:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 221:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Monday, April 2610:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 26

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Monday, April 261:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 27

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 2712:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 27

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 272:00 PM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Wednesday, April 2810:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Wednesday, April 281:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 28

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Wednesday, April 281:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 29

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 2912:30 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 29

Self-Scheduled Personal Tour - Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 291:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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If you can't attend any of these dates Contact Admissions at 570.320.2400

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HVAC with Jeff

Meet Jeff Comitz, Applications Engineering Manager at Thermal Product Solutions (TPS). After earning his bachelor’s degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Design Technology, Jeff accepted an offer at TPS where he partners with global organizations to develop industrial ovens and furnaces for testing and manufacturing processes.

Tomorrow is in the Making

The Dr. Welch Workshop

The makerspace is an open workshop for all students. Take hands-on learning to the next level. Explore your creativity. Bring your ideas to light. Collaborate with other students, faculty and staff, or work independently to test theories, explore ideas, and gain real-world skills to power your career. 

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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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Internship

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.

News
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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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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. Jason Bowes, '16, Manufacture Sales Rep, M&H Sales
  • Mr. Darin Bressler, '92, Facilities Supervisor, Bldg. Services, HVAC/Refrigeration, PSU
  • Mr. Eric Horvat, President, AJC Professional Services
  • Mr. Michael D Jackson, Facilities Supervisor HVAC Maintenance Programs, Penn State University
  • Mr. Joseph D Jennings, Store Service Refrigeration Service Manager, Weis Markets
  • Mr. Jerry Mahonski, '87, Williamsport Branch Manager, Enginuity
  • Mr. John C Makdad, CEO, Makdad Industrial Supply Co., Inc.
  • Mr. Brandon M Marshall, '15, North America Marketing Manager - Refrigerants/Fluorochemicals, The Chemours Company LLC (Formerly Dupont)
  • Mr. Christopher McNally, '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