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Trades and Technology
Trades and Technology

Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Introduction (HVAC/R) - Diploma (0280)

Are you a problem-solver and able to manage challenging situations? Would you like to assist in ensuring people live and work in comfortable temperatures? If this describes you, consider a career in heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R).

Our Introduction to HVAC/Refrigeration Diploma provides you hands-on training with electricity, refrigeration, air conditioning and heating systems.  


With the diploma, you will be able to enter the workforce and apply for positions as a(n):

  • Equipment installer
  • HVAC maintenance technician
  • HVAC service technician

This may be the perfect fit if you:

  • Have exceptional people skills
  • Describe yourself as organized and having good time management
  • Can work comfortably with mechanical systems
  • Like details
  • Possess solid troubleshooting skills
  • Can lift heavy equipment and work long hours



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Using HVAC equipment in the classroom, you will learn the fundamentals of electricity, refrigeration, air conditioning and heating systems.

As you complete our program, you will: 

  • Perform the basic skills of electricity, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning technology
  • Install, repair and maintain heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems
  • Outline federal laws relevant to refrigerant recovery and recycling

You also will receive the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the R410A (type of equipment) certifications, which allow you to handle Freon.



  • 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.

Our diploma program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, if you wish to continue your education, we encourage you to explore our full list of programs, including the associate degree in heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration.

When you complete your associate degree, you can continue and transfer credits to a four-year school.

You can complete the entire program at our Harrisburg and York campuses. Depending on the campus you choose, you can attend the program full time during the day or part time during the evening. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.



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



We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall. You can visit our website to apply anytime. When you submit your application, be sure to include program code 0280 to ensure you apply for the correct program.


If you’re looking for a career that blends your people skills with an interest in mechanical systems, we can help! Please contact an admissions counselor or the engineering, trades & computer technologies department chair, Kelley Engle, to learn more. You may also request more information online.   

“Providing qualified technicians for companies permits them to improve the community. As technicians repair, install and maintain units, they assist the community and help all to be successful in turn creating a healthier community.” – Ed Burns, HVAC faculty member