HVAC Technology

Teacher handing screw driver to student working on air conditioner.

The Bakersfield College HVAC Technology program is designed to prepare students for a career in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.

The program covers topics such as HVAC and Refrigeration systems design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting, as well as energy efficiency, sustainability, and indoor air quality. Students will receive hands-on training in the college's state-of-the-art lab. Graduates of the program will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a variety of HVAC-related careers, including HVAC technician, installer, supervisor, and project manager.

What is HVAC Technology?

HVAC technology refers to the field of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, which involves the design, installation, maintenance, and repair of systems that regulate indoor climate and air quality in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. This can include systems such as furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, ventilation systems, commercial refrigeration, industrial refrigeration systems, and more.  HVAC technology professionals use their expertise to ensure that buildings are comfortable, safe, and energy-efficient, while also reducing the environmental impact of heating and cooling systems. In short, HVAC technology is essential for maintaining comfortable indoor environments and ensuring the safety and well-being of building occupants.

Is it HVAC Technology right for Me?

HVAC Technology may be right for individuals who enjoy working with their hands and have an aptitude for mechanical systems, as well as those who are interested in sustainability and energy efficiency. The program is also ideal for those who enjoy problem-solving and critical thinking, as HVAC technicians must diagnose and troubleshoot complex systems. Additionally, individuals who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and are comfortable working both independently and as part of a team would benefit from BC’s HVAC Technology program.

Man working on air conditioner or heater.

Some key traits and skills that would make someone a good fit for studying HVAC Technology:

  1. Technical aptitude
  2. Problem-solving skills
  3. Attention to detail
  4. Physical dexterity
  5. Customer service skills
  6. Comfort with technology
  7. Safety awareness

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HVAC Technology Careers

An HVAC Technology associate degree or certificate can prepare individuals for a variety of careers in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry. Some common career paths include:

  • HVAC technician: Installing, maintaining, and repairing heating and cooling systems in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.
  • HVAC installer: Installing and configuring HVAC systems in new construction and retrofit projects.
  • HVAC supervisor: Overseeing HVAC installation and maintenance projects and managing teams of HVAC technicians.
  • HVAC project manager: Planning and overseeing large-scale HVAC projects, including new construction and retrofit projects.
  • Refrigeration technician: Installing and maintaining refrigeration systems in commercial and industrial settings.
  • Energy auditor: Analyzing HVAC systems and making recommendations for improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.
  • Sales representative: Selling HVAC products and services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers.
  • Facilities manager: Overseeing the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems in large buildings, such as hospitals or universities.
  • HVAC engineer: Designing and developing HVAC systems for new construction and retrofit projects.
  • Indoor air quality specialist: Assessing indoor air quality and making recommendations for improving air quality in residential, commercial, and industrial settings.

HVAC Technology Degree and Certificate

Academic Department: Applied Science & Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology Transportation (ITT)

Courses: Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) 

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