HVAC Technology

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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.


Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)


Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the SouthernTech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career major is open to partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors) and Adults.


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

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and scholarships are available for qualifying students.


HVAC Technology Fundamentals
Fundamentals of HVAC 255
Electrical, Motors and Controls 135
Refrigeration Systems Components 135
Total Hours 525
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 1 year
HVAC Technology Advanced
Fundamentals of HVAC 255
Electrical, Motors and Controls 135
Refrigeration Systems Components 135
Air Conditioning Systems 255
Heating Systems 135
Workforce Staging 135
Total Hours 1050
Estimated time to complete (Full Time) 1 year
Estimated time to complete (Half Time) 2 years


Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Technician Certification
Career Tech (CT) Process Piping Technician
CT Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technician
National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC): WorkKeys

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

Student Organization:



Adults (Half Time) 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM; Adults (Full Time) 8:00-11:00 AM and 12:45-3:45 PM; High School 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(source: https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-9021.00):

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