Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Student working in lab

About this program

Dive into methods and procedures in the classroom and put your skills to the test in our large-scale HVAC lab. After extensive training, 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, learn how to tackle all types of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning projects.

As a Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Technology student, you're eligible to pursue a dual degree in Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Engineering Technology or Building Automation Engineering Technology.

Next steps...

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

7,500+

Square Feet of Lab Space

50%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

95%

Overall Placement

Careers

  • Equipment mechanic
  • Sales representative
  • Air conditioning lab technician
  • Industrial physical plant maintenance
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)

​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.

  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Physics Survey (PHS103) or
  • Environmental Science (SCI100)

​​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.

  • Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
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.

Student Experience

“We aren’t just reading from a book or looking at slide shows. We put everything we learn into action."

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.

Oct 8

Open House

Friday, October 88:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Oct 23

Open House

Saturday, October 238:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 6

Open House

Saturday, November 68:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Nov 19

Open House

Friday, November 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Contact

Admissions Office

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

Upcoming Events

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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

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Take part in community service projects, College service projects, field trips, and national ASHRAE meetings and activities including design competitions.

Skills USA

Skills USA

Participation in SkillsUSA gives students a chance to compete in more than 80 national competitions.

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.

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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).

Students planning to continue in a bachelor-degree majors (BHD, BBT, BMS, BMA or BDM) should take MTH 180. New students planning to continue into a bachelor degree option should discuss their math placement with an adviser. Current students who have completed MTH124 and later determine to pursue a bachelor degree should speak to an adviser to discuss bachelor-degree math requirements. 

Endorsed by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). Approved National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) Bronze Certification training site.

View general transfer information

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. Aaron A Weaver, '99, East Coast Regional Sales Manager, Raypak
  • Mr. Bradley Willis, '16, System Application Engineer, Johnson Controls