Heating and Air Conditioning Technology


Program Description, Mission, and Objectives

The Heating & Air Conditioning program examines the principles of heating and cooling air in controlled situations. The knowledge and applications of electricity and refrigerants are taught through problem-solving techniques to enable students to diagnose malfunctions and service/repair residential, commercial and industrial systems. The Heating & Air Conditioning curriculum is designed to help students prepare for employment in the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

The mission of the program is to provide accessible, quality education opportunities that will provide individuals with knowledge, technical skills, and attitudes necessary to obtain entry-level employment in the HVAC profession.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Heating & Air Conditioning program may become employed as a Service Technician, Facility Maintenance Supervisor, Heating & Air Conditioning Lab Technician or Heating & Air Conditioning business owner.

Additional information is available from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook

Skills Needed

Successful Heating & Air Conditioning Technicians are in good physical condition; are familiar with reading blueprints; have knowledge of plumbing and electrical work; possess a basic understanding of microelectronics.

Expected Earnings/Salary

Earnings of Heating & Air Conditioning Technicians as reported by the 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook are as follows:

  • Median hourly earnings for heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers is $19.08.
  • The median hourly wage is $20.45 per hour.
  • The median annual income is $42,530.The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,930.

There are currently two levels of training available.  Associate of Applied Science Degree and Short Certificate. 


    Estimated Program Costs

    Program Award Level Credit Hours Est. Tuition Cost Est. Books Total Est. Cost
    ACR (Heating and Air Conditioning Technology) Associate Degree (AAT) 72 $10,008.00 $1,800.00 $11,808.00
    ACR (Heating and Air Conditioning Technology)  Career Skills Certificate (STC)  29 $4,031.00 $600.00 $4,631.00



    The Heating & Air Conditioning program is certified by HVAC Excellence.

    Advisory Committee

    Mr. Dexter Henry

    Mr. LaDon Dunkin
    MEP Coordinator, Adtran

    Mr. Rick Hall
    Service Manager, Comfort Group

    Mrs. Lindsay Morgan
    Manager, Johnstone Supply

    Mr. Bobby Petty
    Upward Bound Math/Science Education Specialist, North Alabama Center for Educational Excellence

    Mr. Paul Reutter
    Account Manager, Trane

    Mr. Todd Little
    Operations Manager, Hiller Plumbing

    Contact the Heating and Air Conditioning program at 256.551.3138 or on campus in building 812.

    HVAC Student Handbook