What is Air Conditioning Technology?
If you enjoy mechanical systems and solving problems, consider a career as a heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technician. HVAC systems control temperature, humidity and air quality where we live and work and let us store and transport food, medicine and other items needed to sustain life. These systems consist of many mechanical, electrical and electronic parts, and HVAC mechanics and technicians must be able to install, maintain, diagnose and repair them.
What are my career options?
Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers held about 231,000 jobs in 2011; the majority worked for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors. The rest were employed in a variety of industries throughout the country, reflecting a widespread dependence on climate-control systems. Some worked for fuel oil dealers, refrigeration and air-conditioning service and repair shops, schools, and stores that sell heating and air-conditioning systems. Local governments, the Federal Government, hospitals, office buildings, and other organizations that operate large air-conditioning, refrigeration, or heating systems also employed these workers. Many graduates of this program will choose to start their own business and become self-employed.
National Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
|Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer - Certificate: 35-36 Total Credit Hours
|Refrigeration Mechanic - Certificate: 27-28 Total Credit Hours
|Environmental Control System Servicer - Certificate: 24-25 Total Credit Hours
|Environmental System Repair Helper - Certificate: 9-10 Total Credit Hours
|Plumber's Helper - Certificate: 9 Total Credit hours
Length of Program
You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.