Air Conditioning Technology

If you enjoy mechanical systems and solving problems, consider a career as a heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technician. HVAC systems control temperature, humidity and air quality where we live and work and let us store and transport food, medicine and other items needed to sustain life. These systems consist of many mechanical, electrical and electronic parts, and HVAC mechanics and technicians must be able to install, maintain, diagnose and repair them.

Career Opportunities

Work for plumbing, heating and air conditioning contractors, in businesses that use HVAC systems, or start your own business.

Wage/Salary Information

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Program Home Campus

Covington; general education classes may be offered at other campuses

Entry time

Fall or spring terms


Certificates and diploma. An associate in applied science degree is available through the General Occupational and Technical Studies program. Go to the KCTCS Catalog for details on the GOTS program.

Program Length

(After any developmental needs are met and if enrolled in 12 to 15 credit hours per semester)

  • Certificate: Varies from one to two semesters by certificate
  • Diploma: Two years
  • Associate degree: Two years

Students enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each technical course.

Advising Sheet (PDF)



This program is IMPACT eligible.