Choose a "Cool" Career!
In the Air Conditioning Technology program, you will learn how to service heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. You will take academic courses and theory courses and have hands-on lab experiences that you will use in your career.
What are my career choices?
You have many options to pursue in refrigeration or heating ventilation and air conditioning. Many students elect to work for a refrigeration and air conditioning contractor, which often leads to self employment. Other common job opportunities include facilities air conditioning maintenance, appliance repair, duct installation, and general service technician.
What classes do I have to take?
Some of the courses you will take include Basic Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, Cooling and Dehumidification, Heating and Humidification, HVAC Electricity and Electrical Components.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Degrees and Transfers
If you want to get a bachelor's degree, Western Kentucky University (WKU) has a completer degree with courses offered either online or in Hardin County.
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Workforce Administration, BS degree
- AAS transfer degree to WKU Engineering Technology Management, BS degree
- Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer Certificate (PDF)
- Environmental Control System Servicer Certificate (PDF)
- Environmental System Repair Helper Certificate (PDF)
Field Licensure Requirements
Kentucky requires licensure from the Department of Housing, Building & Grounds to become a Master HVAC Contractor. The program prepares you for work in the field, but the licensure is not a requirement for graduation from the program.
Where do I start?
Apply for admission to ECTC to receive information from the Admissions Office about submitting your placement test scores (ACT or other exams) and to schedule a meeting with an advisor to register for your classes.
Length of Program
You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog (PDF, 408 pages). You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.