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Field of Study: Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology

Introduction

Programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology prepare people to service and repair heating and cooling systems.

 

Overview

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology (HVAC) programs include topics such as:

  • Principles of heating and cooling technology
  • Inspection and maintenance procedures
  • Installation and operation
  • Diagnostic techniques
  • Use of testing equipment
  • Plumbing and sheet metaL
  • Electronic controls and components
  • Safety concerns
  • Local building codes

Apprenticeships
Many heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology programs include paid apprenticeships. As an apprentice, students learn skills of the trade while working with experienced workers.

Schools
Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology (HVAC). A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.

Very few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.