Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

Program at a Glance

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technology Program at Pearl River Community College is a two-year program of study designed to lead to a Technical Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science Degree.

  • The program prepares students to work in engineering departments or private firms installing, maintaining, and operating small or medium air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration systems.
  • Instruction prepares individuals to work in a commercial setting performing special tasks relating to designing duct work, assembly, installation, servicing, operation and maintenance of heating and cooling systems according to the standards of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Inc., Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), and Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute (ARI).

What can I expect from a career in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration?

  • According to the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Candidates familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting skills will have the best job opportunities as employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to work on complex new systems.
  • The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $43,640 or 20.98 per hour in May 2012.

For additional career information: Department of Labor Occupational Outlook: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/