Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Engineering 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

$62,000

Average Annual Salary

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 & 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 & Automated Design (ACR103)
  • Advanced HVAC System Service (ACR249)
  • Warm-Air Heating & 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 & Cooling System Configurations (BHV316)
  • Advanced Cooling System Design (BHV320)
  • Advanced Heating Design (BHV325)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Advanced HVAC Control Systems (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 & 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 & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry II (MTH183)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
Fully Equipped Learning Labs
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.

Featured Videos

Alumni Spotlight: Jeff Comitz

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

Wildcat Spotlight: CJ Trimber

He was passionate about wrestling in high school, but coming to Penn College took that excitement to a whole new level. Meet Wildcat wrestler and HVAC major CJ Trimber. In this video, you’ll learn why he chose Penn College, what it’s like to be a part of this dynamic team, and how he balances student and athlete responsibilities.

Makerspace: dream, create and innovate

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. 

Maker Profiles
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.

Feb 24

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, February 24 8:30 AM - 3 PM

Apr 7

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, April 7 8:30 AM - 3 PM

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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)

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

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.

Penn College News
10.28.2023

HVAC department head lends insight to industry blog

An associate professor of HVAC technology at Penn College has contributed to the HVAC Classes blog, sharing his expertise on meeting the demand for a well-educated workforce. “The HVAC industry will continue to advance in response to environmental concerns, technological advancements and changing customer expectations, providing opportunities for those who are prepared to change and grow with it,” department head Jason W. Killinger says in "How to Expand & Support the HVAC Workforce."

08.31.2023

Penn College shares in Johnson Controls’ generosity

Johnson Controls, among Pennsylvania College of Technology’s cherished Corporate Tomorrow Makers, has granted a total of $100,000 to support the institution’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning program. Penn College is one of 10 grantees in the 2023-24 cohort of Johnson Controls’ $15 million Community College Partnership Program, now in its third year of inspiring the next generation of workforce leaders.

06.15.2023

Authenticity assures HVAC grad's happiness, success

Jeffrey C. Comitz, who holds two HVAC degrees from Penn College, was recently spotlighted by his Greater Nanticoke Area High School alma mater through its "GNA Success Stories" feature on social media.

Gain global experience
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

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. 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. Jason Urich, General Manager of Service & Special Projects, HB McClure
  • Mr. Aaron A Weaver, '99, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, Raypak
  • Mr. Bradley Willis, '16, System Application Engineer, Johnson Controls