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Air Conditioning Heating and Refrigeration

Begin Your Career in Residential or Light Commercial Systems

From the Northeast to the Southwest, people across the country depend on HVAC systems to live comfortably. As extreme temperatures continue to break records all over the world, HVAC systems can even save lives.

When you earn an AAS degree in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration from Pitt Community College, you’ll prepare for a rewarding career installing, maintaining, and repairing residential and light commercial systems.

Our HVAC program faculty will help you build the foundational skills necessary to find a fulfilling career in the state or across the country.

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificates and Diplomas

Improve your career growth potential even more by adding a heating, refrigeration, or air conditioning certificate to your AAS degree. Whether you want to become a refrigeration technician or work to start your own business, earning diplomas and certificates as you complete your AAS degree is a great first step toward your goal.

Holding a heating and refrigeration diploma or an air conditioning certificate when you graduate can help you find jobs in specific subfields working on mechanical refrigeration or heat pump technology.

Why Choose Pitt Community College for Your AAS Degree in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology?

At PCC, we empower you through hands-on training, expert guidance, and career preparedness.

Thanks to small class sizes, you’ll be able to work closely with our highly experienced HVAC program faculty, who prioritize the success of their students every day. Interested in earning a heating or air conditioning certificate? Our faculty will make sure that you have a solid fundamental knowledge of heating and cooling theory, as well as real-world training using professional-grade tools and equipment.

If you’re a high school student who wants to prepare for a career as a refrigeration technician or HVAC specialist, we’ve got you covered with our HVAC program high school options. We partner with the Department of Public Instruction, the North Carolina Community College System, the University of North Carolina System, and many independent colleges and universities, to help eligible high school students begin earning college credit in our HVAC program at no cost to them or their families.

Our HVAC program — as well as our refrigeration and heating diplomas and air conditioning certificate — cover foundational topics in heating, cooling, and mechanical refrigeration. Topics you’ll explore include:

  • Residential building codes
  • Residential systems
  • Sizing
  • Advanced comfort systems

Career Opportunities for Program Graduates

Government agencies and corporations are making huge investments in sustainable energy — including the ways in which people heat and cool their homes and workplaces. With increasingly affordable heat pumps and efficient mechanical refrigeration technology, more people are switching their sources of heating and cooling to protect the future of the planet.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 40,000 new job openings in heating, air conditioning, and mechanical refrigeration are expected each year by 2031. When you earn your AAS degree in our HVAC program, you’ll be on the frontlines of this growing career field.

You can find rewarding jobs in settings such as hospitals, schools, or residential and commercial buildings. Careers you could qualify for with an AAS degree and one of our heating, refrigeration, or air conditioning certificates or diplomas include:

  • Air conditioning technician
  • Refrigeration technician
  • HVACR control technician
  • Entrepreneur

“Some of the instructors are alumni of the program, so they take pride in passing on the legacy of the program. If you want to be a part of a program that enjoys and takes pride in what they do, the HVAC department is where you should be.”

Tpbockus Williams

Class of 2016

Get Started on your AAS Degree in our HVAC Program

Air Conditioning Technician
Refrigeration Technician
HVACR Control Technician
Hospital, School, or Large Corporation
Self-Employment Opportunities

Introduction to Refrigeration
HVACR Electricity
Heating Technology
Comfort Cooling
Heat Pump Technology
Refrigeration Systems
HVAC Controls
HVAC Servicing
All-Weather Systems
HVAC Duct Systems I
Refrigerant Certification
HVACR Customer Relations
HVACR Building Codes
Residential Systems Design
Advanced Comfort Systems
Commercial HVAC Controls
Schematics and Diagrams
Construction Safety

Air Conditioning Service and Repair
Electrical Diagrams and Troubleshooting
Sheet Metal Fabrication
Building Codes and Installation
Energy Audits and Conservation

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