Programs And Courses

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R): Associate in Applied Science (AAS)  (4780)

Are you interested in working on mechanical systems? Do you enjoy people and describe yourself as detail-oriented? You’ve come to the right place!

These characteristics are of many of those who pursue an associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Our Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program can be your pathway into a supervisory-level position.


What can I do with this in the workforce?  

With an Associate in Applied Science degree, you will have the skills and knowledge that translates into the following positions. It also can help lead you to a supervisory position.

  • Equipment salesperson
  • Installation leader
  • Service technician
  • Supply or distributor counter/parts manager

You are most likely to succeed in this field if you are:

  • Adept at solving problems and overcoming challenges
  • Comfortable working on mechanical systems
  • Detail-oriented with good time management skills
  • A people person with strong communication skills


What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

We are excited to help you learn the theory and hands-on skills to install, design, maintain and troubleshoot basic HVAC systems for residential and commercial buildings. To round out your education, you also will take general education courses in communications, science and mathematics and receive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and R410A (type of equipment) certifications. These certifications allow you to handle Freon.

When you graduate from our program, you will be able to: 

  • Develop and apply basic skills of electricity, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technology
  • Install, repair and maintain heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Cite federal laws relevant to refrigerant recovery and recycling
  • Read HVAC blueprints
  • Design HVAC systems to meet prescribed specifications
  • Address customer-service issues
  • Install and maintain building wide HVAC systems
  • Design and install HVAC control systems in residential and commercial buildings


What classes will I take?

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Yes! While this program is designed to lead directly to employment, you have the opportunity to transfer your credits and continue your education. Our associate degree programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

As a heating, ventilation and air conditioning student, your transfer options include:

Bloomsburg University of PA: Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (pdf)


Where can I complete this program?

We offer this program at our Harrisburg and York campuses. Depending on which campus you choose, you can attend during the day on a full-time basis or in the evening on a part-time basis.


Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit for details and deadlines.


When can I apply?

You can enroll in spring, summer or fall classes by visiting our website to apply. When you submit your application, please include program code 4780 with your application. This unique code ensures you are applying to the correct program.       


How can I learn more?

Continuously YOURS, our two-year program can give you the skills and theory you need to succeed in the HVAC field. Please contact an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle to learn more. You may also request more information online.

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