The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) associate
degree program prepares students for rewarding and challenging positions in the ever-changing
and growing HVAC/R industry. This A.A.S. degree program provides students with a well-rounded
education in HVAC/R technology that includes a thorough understanding and working
knowledge of the theory and practical applications necessary for superior systems
operation. As new technologies are developed and incorporated in the manufacture and
upgrading of equipment, the need for skilled technicians continues to expand. According
to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment needs for this area are expected
to outpace the average employment needs for other service-based industries.
By combining comprehensive, career-based courses such as system design, diagnostics,
servicing and controls with real-life, hands-on training through internships and intensive
laboratory sessions, the HVAC/R curriculum -- teamed with a grounding in the liberal
arts -- provides students with the credentials and experience needed to obtain immediate
employment upon successfully completing the program.
The HVAC/R degree program includes some courses that are offered day or evening
and others that are offered on the weekend. Prior to matriculation, however, students
may take some courses that would apply to the program.
This program begins only in the FALL semester and is competitive. All applicants
must take the SCCC placement tests (CPT) unless waived by the Admissions Office based
upon academic credentials. Entering students should be qualified for Standard Freshman
Composition (ENG101), Technical Math (MAT112) and Advanced College Reading (RDG101).
Students already enrolled in college must have successfully completed Algebra
I (MAT007) or higher and Developmental Writing (ENG010) or the equivalent.