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Air Conditioning Technology - HVAC

Advising Plans

Environmental System Repair Helper 
(15 credit hours)

Environmental Control System Servicer
(16 credit hours)

Refrigeration Mechanic
(28 credit hours)

Domestic Air Conditioner and
Furnace Installer

(37 credit hours)


Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Mechanic
(48-51 credit hours)


General Occupation/Technical Studies
(60-66 credit hours)

Program Advisor

Eddie Brown
(606) 878-4722


Offered only at the Laurel Campus.

Program Details

hvacThe Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Somerset Community College is a two-year area of study for students interested in the heating and air conditioning service field. Students receive training in several areas of HVAC, including: installation and servicing heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. This program includes instructional units that provide students with an understanding of wiring diagrams associated troubleshooting HVAC equipment; geo-thermal design and troubleshooting; heat/load and duct design; gas, electric, and heat pump installations and repair.

Units of instruction are designed to include lecture and practical experience in the lab or on-site projects. This program also offers an excellent prequisite for students who plan to pursue a career in areas such as HVAC sales, building maintenance, duct testing and cleaning, energy auditor, and air quality controller.

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position as an apprentice HVAC mechanic.

Successful students will be eligible for a HVAC Journeyman License after two years of education, working 1,500 hours as an apprentice under a Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor, and passing the State HVAC Journeyman Exam. After working as a Journeyman, under a Kentucky Master HVAC Mechanic for two years the student can be eligible to take the Master HVAC test and become a licensed HVAC Master.

Progress in the Air Conditioning Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each technical and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better. (on a 4.0 scale)

Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply, see the Admissions Checklist.

Career Opportunities available include:

  • Air Balance Apprentice
  • HVAC Installer
  • Air Conditioning Technician
  • Air Quality Controller
  • HVAC Technician
  • Boiler Maintenance
  • Refrigeration Installer
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Sales Representative
  • Start-Up Technician

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