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Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC)

Diploma in Erie, PA

You know how to keep your cool when things heat up. Your friends call you when something breaks. And you love working with your hands to fix things. HVAC is for you.


Program Length: Less than a year1
Format: On-Campus
Course Length: 6 Weeks
Average Class Size: 25 or Less
Job Outlook: Much Faster than Average2

IMBC Student Stories

Paul Meleason

"I am grateful that IMBC sees as much value in me as I see in them. The staff is experienced, dedicated, and cares about their students."

Paul Meleason
IMBC HVAC-R Student

Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, or HVAC for short, is a rewarding field for students looking for a hands-on occupation. HVAC technicians install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems, such as heating systems, ventilation systems, air conditioning systems and refrigeration systems. HVAC technicians can work in a variety of environments, such as residential (homes), commercial (restaurants, businesses, offices, etc.), retail and industrial.

As a student in IMBC’s HVAC training program, you’ll learn about the various types of HVAC systems, how they work, why they break and how to install, repair and maintain them. You’ll also learn about electrical systems, gas, safety procedures, motors and mechanical controls. Additionally, students will gain an understanding of how to troubleshoot and maintain these types of systems.

Toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in an actual professional setting with supervision. You may be required to relocate to obtain gainful employment.

Finally, upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek a certification to demonstrate your mastery of the course material. There are two nationally recognized certifications available in this field, and you must receive the first one before you can begin working in the field. The certifications are E.P.A. Universal Technician 608 and 410A. The cost of these two professional certification exams are included in your training program. Employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.

Typical courses in the HVAC Diploma Program:

Required Courses

  • Electrical Fundamentals and Safety Procedures
  • Introduction to Mechanical Controls
  • Introduction to Motors and Controls
  • Basic Commercial Refrigeration Concepts
  • Hermetic and Special Application Refrigeration Concepts
  • Basics of Air Conditioning
  • Air Condition Controls and Operating Conditions
  • Fundamentals of Electric and Gas
  • Oil and Hydronics
  • Fundamentals of Heat Pump Systems with Green Concepts
  • Heat Pump Installation and Repair
  • E.P.A. Duct Design and Load Calculations
  • Math for Trades
  • Professional Development
  • Introduction to Computers Using Microsoft Word

Top questions about HVAC training and career outcomes:

  1. What does an HVAC Technician do?
    HVAC technicians install, repair, and maintain HVAC systems, such as heating systems, ventilation systems, air conditioning systems and refrigeration systems.
  2. What types of places does an HVAC Technician work at?
    HVAC technicians can work in a variety of environments, such as residential (homes), commercial (restaurants, businesses, offices, etc.), retail and industrial.
  3. Do HVAC Technicians work with customers?
    Yes, in many cases, as an HVAC technician, you’ll be working directly with customers. Those customers might be residential (homeowners) or business owners, for example.
  4. How long is the HVAC diploma program?
    Most students should be able to complete the HVAC diploma program in under a year. 
    However, your actual time will vary depending on your academic progress, success, the number of courses you take and other factors.
  5. What should I look for in a top school for HVAC Technician training?
    Consider your options carefully by ensuring your school is accredited to ensure the program meets generally accepted academic standards. Look for a school that fits your schedule, work-life balance, and can provide you the support you need such as tutoring and career services. And finally, find out if your school will prepare you for taking any necessary certifications as well as cover those exam costs.
  6. Is the internship for the HVAC Technician training program?
    Yes, toward the completion of your program all students will participate in an internship that lets you practice your new skills in an actual professional setting with supervision.
  7. What is the certification exam in the HVAC Technician program?
    Upon the successful completion of your program, you will be prepared to seek a certification to demonstrate your mastery of the course material. There are two nationally recognized certifications available in this field, and you must receive the first one before you can begin working in the field. The certifications are E.P.A. Universal Technician 608 and 410A. The cost of these two professional certification exams are included in your training program.

Graduates of this program are prepared to seek entry-level employment as an HVAC Technician in the following types of organizations:

  • HVAC repair companies
  • Office buildings
  • Property management companies
  • Hospitals
  • Factories

Some employer sites may require a criminal background check prior to gaining employment. Please speak with your admissions representative prior to enrolling in this program if a background check presents an obstacle for you. Students may need to relocate to obtain gainful employment.

Students are encouraged to take a certification exam upon the successful completion of their program. The cost of the professional certification exam is included in you training program. Employers understand students passing voluntary, third-party, certification exams validate their competencies, skills, and abilities in the specialized field of study. IMBC believes students passing certification exams have a more competitive employment advantage for being hired over students with no certification.

According to the US Bureau of Labor and Education3, it is expected that 49,100 new jobs in this field will be created between 2016 and 2026. As of 2016, there were approximately 332,900 people employed in this field.

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By submitting the information you have provided, you agree that IMBC or its authorized agents may contact you by phone, email, and text message via automated systems to provide you with information about training opportunities at the phone numbers you provided above, including any wireless number(s). You are under no obligation to consent to automated contact to enroll. Alternatively to submitting this form you may call us at 855.773.0758. Note that all calls are recorded for quality assurance.

  1. This figure represents the typical length a program takes to complete. However, your actual program completion time may vary based upon your academic progress, course progression and any breaks.
  2. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
  3. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/heating-air-conditioning-and-refrigeration-mechanics-and-installers.htm