Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning is a maximum 69 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory.  Requirements for the Associate of Applied Technology degree include seven academic courses totaling 21 credit hours and all required career technical courses. Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. This program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the field of office administration.


  • Associate of Applied Technology Degree
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

  • Certificate
    • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Basic Circuit Boards
    • Basic HVAC
    • Basic Repair Service
    • Repair Service

Industry Certification
EPA Refrigerant Handling
National Career Readiness Certificate
OSHA 10-hr General Industry Safety/Health

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60
AAT Degree 4 Semesters 69

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ASC111 Principles of Refrigeration 3
ASC112 HVAC/R Service Procedures 3
ASC113 Refrigeration Piping Practices 3
ASC121 Principles of Electricity for HVAC/R 3
ASC122 HVAC/R Electric Circuits 3
ASC123 HVAC/R Electrical Components 3
ASC125 Fund of Gas/Electrical Heat Systems 6
ASC127 HVAC/R Electric Motors 3
ASC132 Residential Air Conditioning 3
ASC138 Customer Relations in HVAC/R 3
ASC147 Refrigerant Transition/Recovery Theory 3
ASC152 Heat Pump Systems 6
ASC182 Special Topics in AC/Refrigeration II 3
ASC210 Troubleshooting HVAC/R Systems 3

Required Academic Courses - Certificate

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Required Academic Courses - Degree

Course Title Credit Hours
COM103 Introductory Technical English II 3


Introductory Computer Skills II 3
ENG131 Applied Writing I 3
MTH116 Mathematical Applications 3
MTH246 Mathematics of Finance 3
PSY270 Business and Industrial Psychology 3
SPC106 Fundamentals/Oral Communications 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ASC119 Fundamentals of Gas Heating Systems 3
ASC120 Fundamentals/Electric Heat Systems Lab 3
ASC128 Heat Load Calculations 3
ASC181 Special Topics in AC/Refrigeration I 3
ASC185 Special Topics in AC/Refrigeration 2

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Mr. Stan Humphries, Instructor
Main Campus

Mr. Mike Coker, Instructor
Draper Instructional Service Center

Mr. Shane Rasbury
Bibb Correctional Facility
Mr. Jonathan Rose, Instructor
Donaldson Correctional Facility
334-290-3240 ext. 2555

Occupational Data*

HVAC technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Because HVAC systems have become increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states require technicians to be licensed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017 the average salary for an HVAC technician was $47,080 annually. Employment in this field is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Commercial and residential building construction will drive this growth, and job opportunities are expected to be plentiful.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook