The most popular HVAC degree option for students is currently the associate’s degree in HVAC. Associate’s degrees in HVAC are typically two-year programs that encompass the core aspects of an HVAC tech’s job duties along with a small amount of general education. These degree programs allow an HVAC tech graduate to qualify for entry-level employment, with greater potential to advance compared to techs with lower credentials.
HVAC Degree Program Curriculum
The course content for most associate’s-level HVAC degree programs focuses on how to install, repair, and maintain the various types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as other industrial and residential systems. Classes generally cover the fundamentals of heating, air conditioning, refrigeration and electrical systems, with options to learn about other specialties as well. Programs normally also cover some general education topics, such as math and communications, to provide a solid foundation on which to build professional expertise.
Most programs include courses such as:
- Air Conditioning Maintenance
- Boiler Operation and Safety
- Electrical Systems
- Air Distribution
- Sewage and Water Treatment
- Temperature Theory and Control
- Mechanical Drawing
For example, the AS program in HVAC offered by Spartanburg Community College covers the basics of refrigeration, heating and air conditioning, HVAC electricity, heat pumps, codes and ordinances, as well as general education courses in algebra and communications. Courses vary from program to program, with most focusing on the core essentials of the occupation.
Choosing a Program
There are a few things to consider when deciding which HVAC degree program to enroll in. A significant factor is accreditation, which is the recognition of a degree program by a certifying organization. Accreditation indicates that the program meets basic industry standards, and is sometimes a requirement for certification.
There are three different organizations that accredit HVAC schools:
- HVAC Excellence
- National Center for Construction Education and Research
- Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation
Career services is another factor to consider when comparing degree programs. Some HVAC schools have job placement programs that put students in touch with prospective employers. Some also offer resume or job interview assistance for students and graduates. School representatives should be able to discuss a school’s career services with potential students.
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Southern Technical College
Whether you need to upgrade your skills or change careers, Southern Technical College has the right program to fit your needs. Let us show you how to get the skills you need in a short amount of time so that you can get into a new career fast!
What makes Southern Technical College for you?
- Convenient Locations
- Financial Assistance For Those Who Qualify
- Hands-On Training
- Small Classes/Individualized Attention
- Career Placement Assistance
- Morning or Evening Classes Available
Why Choose Southern Technical College:
- Industry Experienced Instructors
- Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
- Licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education
Financial Assistance and Availability
The financial aid team at Southern Technical College is committed to helping you find ways to finance your education. Our team is trained to help you overcome the financial obstacles that may be standing in the way of your education.
Southern Technical College participates in several of the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Financial Aid Programs, which are generally available to those who qualify. Visit www.studentaid.ed.gov for more information, learn more about the types of financial aid available, and consumer information, or contact your local campus to speak member of our financial aid team
Career Placement Assistance
Our career service advisors can help you with resume writing, interviewing skills, employer contacts, and the latest job search techniques. We have years of experience in helping graduates gain employment in great jobs with great companies, and we are ready to help you, too! We cannot guarantee your success, but STC has an excellent record of helping graduates find and keep jobs in their field of study. Success after graduation depends on many factors, and we are here to help you along the way!