Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology, Specialized Diploma


Narrative (SD)

As a graduate of Northampton's Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology program, you will have the qualifications needed to find employment in this highly technical field. Many of our graduates command competitive salaries in facilities maintenance jobs and as service and installation technicians in heating and air conditioning service companies.

Our program was created in response to the needs of business and industry for short-term job training programs. Students gain in-depth understanding of HVAC systems and maintenance practices at an accelerated pace.


Our program offers the unique opportunity to learn the concepts and practices on components and equipment used in actual HVAC systems. You will also learn the proper methods of recovery and handling of refrigerants and be prepared to take the EPA Refrigerant Technician licensure test.

Coursework includes electrical theory, heating and cooling concepts, the refrigeration cycle, equipment operation and maintenance, component specification, and diagnostic approaches. Progressive courses train in the skills related to commercial AC, residential power wiring/NEC code, oil and gas-fired heating equipment, air-to-air heat pumps, and geothermal system design and installation.

All of the course work in this specialized diploma program can be applied toward Northampton's higher level, HVAC/R Certificate and the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology. 

Career Potential: Facilities Maintenance Mechanic, HVAC Service Technician, and Refrigeration.


Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary applicable to the HVAC/R field.
  • Demonstrate the proficient use of the tools and diagnostic equipment utilized within the industry.
  • Interpret and apply the EPA regulatory laws applicable to refrigerant handling and other environmentally hazardous materials used with HVAC/R systems.
  • Be able to describe the principles of operation of residential and light commercial heating and cooling equipment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to service and repair these systems utilizing industry proven methods and procedures.


First Semester

COLS101College Success

1 credits

EMEC101Electrical Fundamentals

3 credits

HVAC101Fundamentals of HVAC/R I

4 credits

EMEC114Mechanical Skills for the Trades

2 credits

MATH103Applications in Mathematics

3 credits

OSAH100Industry Outreach Safety Education

1 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Second Semester

CMGT104Construction Print Reading

3 credits

HVAC102Fundamentals of HVAC/R II

3 credits

HVAC124Heating: Gas, Oil, Solar Thermal , Air and Hydronic Systems

4 credits

HVAC140Heat Pump Systems

2 credits

ELTC107Electrical Wiring I

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 29

HVAC101: In conjunction with this course the seminar/testing session: EPA Refrigerant Usage Certification is offered.