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Why choose HVAC at PPCC?

A degree in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC) can offer you employment stability, plus the satisfaction of helping others save on expensive energy costs. This is a highly in-demand career, and a degree will give you an edge over technicians without it. 

What do PPCC HVAC students study?

This program prepares students to enter the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration field. This field of work involves different trade disciplines. The two-year program of core courses trains students in residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration. The emphasis will be on the servicing and maintenance of equipment found in residences, commercial buildings, and large facilities.

The AAS degree should enhance students’ initial entry placement and better prepare them for upward mobility within any of the three option areas. See more about the HVAC industry.

Classes You Might Take

Introduces the basic theory of refrigeration systems, components, charging, recycling, and evacuation of refrigeration units.
Teaches resistance, current, voltage, and power in AC and DC circuits; measurements; computations of series and parallel circuits; circuit analysis and troubleshooting with basic test equipment.
Introduces students to the fundamentals of gas heating. Students work in a classroom and shop environment. Topics include the basics of gas heating systems, operation of gas valves and burners, gas pipe system design, gas piping system code requirements, and basic code requirements for heating systems.

Career Options

With rising energy costs, more opportunities exist than ever before. Common employment positions are HVAC service technicians and HVAC installation technicians. Other career options in the HVAC industry may include:

  • HVAC Installation / Repair
  • HVAC Contractor
  • HVAC Sales
  • Self Employment / Business Owner
  • HVAC Instructor

Careers in HVAC

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) are competencies with which students will be proficient at the completion of an academic program. Program Learning Outcomes link with course learning outcomes and competencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

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HVAC Faculty Contact

John Oakes

(719) 502-3275

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