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Architecture and Construction


Graduates of this program keep our workplaces and living quarters heated and cooled efficiently. They maintain and install the equipment that keeps our food fresh or frozen in our supermarkets. Students learn the skills that prepare them to work as heating, air conditioning, and/or refrigeration technicians. This class may be substituted for up to two years of the three years required in the apprenticeship for the Mechanical Journeyman's License. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification for refrigerant handling is also available.


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).


Secondary Student: Free. Post-secondary Student (in-district): $2.50 per hour; Post-secondary Student (Out-of-District): $5 per hour; and Post-secondary Student (Out-of-State): $7.50 per hour. Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.

Courses (Hours)

Introduction to HVAC (40)
Piping and Piping Practices (55)
Refrigerant Handling (70)
Electricity, Motor and Controls (135)
Refrigeration System Components (75)
Indoor Air Fundamentals (70)
Residential Air-Conditioning Systems (85)
Residential Heating Systems (70)
Total (600)

Estimated time to complete half time: 1 year

Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

EPA Section 608 Technician Certification
Process Piping Technician
HVAC Technician
Residential Industry Competency Exam (ICE)

Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.

Student Organization



Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM

Employment Options

The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.

A/C Tech; HVAC Installer; HVAC Mechanic; HVAC Service Tech; HVAC Service Technician; HVAC Specialist; HVAC Technician; HVAC Technician; Service Technician; Systems Mechanic – Approximate Pay Potential: $13-35/Hour (O*NET source:



Travis Southerland

Travis Southerland

HVAC Instructor


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