Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration

Program Description

The Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems.

This technical program houses the knowledge necessary to successfully enter the Residential and Commercial HVAC and Refrigeration industries.  

The Commercial Building Automation certificate is one of our HVAC program's most popular offerings. This certificate provides a base knowledge for employment in the lucrative automation side of the industry.

Program Content

Topics include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, and safety. The diploma program covers air conditioning, furnaces, heat pumps, tools and instruments. In addition, the A.A.S. degree covers residential building codes, residential systems sizing, and advance comfort systems.

Employment Opportunities

Diploma graduates should be able to assist in the startup, preventive maintenance, service, repair, and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems. A.A.S. degree graduates should be able to demonstrate an understanding of system selection and balance and advanced systems. Employment opportunities include heating and air conditioning service companies, industries, governmental agencies, health care facilities, or educational institutions.

Additional Education Opportunities

East Carolina University (ECU) offers a transfer program for Technology programs. Students are able to transfer their AAS degree to ECU for a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT).

You can find more information on BSIT transfer programs here.

Contact Information

Wayne Hardin
HVAC Instructor
(919) 464-2283

Maxie Kirby
Department Chair, Advanced Technologies
(919) 464-2285