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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
& Refrigeration Program

HVAC&R Program in New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Keep Your Cool with This Hot Career

If you’re considering training to be an HVAC&R technician, your career possibilities are endless. Within 35 weeks, students will learn and practice HVAC&R installation, repair, maintenance, basic design, and troubleshooting. You’ll be trained in multiple aspects of HVAC&R, like electrical wiring and controls, repairing, brazing and soldering techniques. In fact, our students will roll up their sleeves and get to work completing a new install, from a bare wall to a full operating system.  Let us teach you the skills and procedures you need to start your new career.

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Heating and Air Conditioning Students Examining Units


Job Growth

Projected to Grow 13%
from 2018-2028

Employment Opportunity

Over 367,900 new jobs
projected from 2018-2028


Average salary
$47,610 per year
$22.89 per hour

*The numbers and information above are based on statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Enroll Today!
Start your rewarding career in the HVAC profession. Get trained and get opportunities. Contact us and learn more about the programs available today at our Bucks County location in Bristol, PA, and our Camden County location in Blackwood, NJ!

High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.

Vocational Students Examining Heating Components

About the Program

Training begins with introducing students to the fundamentals of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration technology, including combustion analysis, unit airflow setup and check out, and a host of other essential basics. We feature facilities in Bucks County and Camden County and our students will gain the hands-on training that they will utilize once they graduate. Pennco Tech offers an unrivaled level of instruction and education for our HVAC&R students.

The program contains a presentation of theory, with 65% of the program is taught through hands-on training from our dedicated instructors. This means that a committed educator with several years of experience will be with you every step of the way, guiding and informing your training sessions.  Excellent employment opportunities exist for entry-level positions as an HVAC/R technician or maintenance technician.

HVAC&R Classes Include

As part of our comprehensive technical education, we offer specialized training in system circuits, soldering, and pipefitting. In addition, we offer instruction on basic principles of electricity, gas, oil, heat pump systems, installation, and maintenance practices in our classes. Other skills learned in this program and certification includes education in personal and environmental safety, responsible handling, identification, and use of all related equipment.

  • How to size a home and perform a load calculation
  • Designing and creating ductwork
  • Piping, soldering, brazing copper connections for various HVAC systems
  • Commercial and residential updated technology
  • Piping line set through various angles and openings
  • Updated thermostat controls that follow the industry standard
  • Variable speed motors and the workings of designing their use
  • Tankless heater and standard combination boiler training
  • Various Heat Pump systems and geothermal/radiant heat through solar load
  • Hydronic piping of boilers and updated radiant heating technology
  • New installation of residential systems including split A/C, mini splits, and heat pumps
  • A full break down of the components related to the industry
  • Refrigeration controls as well as piping
  • Refrigerant applications (Low Temp, Medium Temp, and High temp cases)
  • Proper handling and storing procedures of refrigerant
  • Performing an evacuation and recharge procedure on various systems

Students are shown how variable frequency drives and inverters provide energy savings by reducing the amperage output.  You’ll also gain valuable experience in the solar heat to satisfy heating loads through radiant heat gain. We’ll also cover geothermal heating which is using the heat or water from the ground to satisfy heating loads.  You’ll also gain hands-on experience into solar savings with Manual J and Manual D which will determine the unit size and the use of proper insulation materials to keep any external heating or cooling source out of the home, which essentially makes a home its own environment.

Excellent employment opportunities exist for HVAC/R technicians that are in demand.  We proudly offer Lifetime Career Services, which helps graduates find employment upon graduation, and any employment assistance that is needed in the future.


At Pennco Tech, you’ll receive intensive, hands-on training in which you will be prepared for the different avenues in the HVAC/R field. We also provide certification testing for Section 608 (EPA) as part of this program. That means, once you graduate, you’ll likely be able to get higher-level positions within the HVAC industry, and have higher earning potential due to your extensive training. There is also a Trac Pipe Certification.

Recipients of an EPA certification, by campus, are listed in the document(s) below.

Lifetime Career Assistance

At Pennco Tech, we take pride in our history of student achievement and high job placement rates. Once you’ve completed our program and are ready to show off your skills to a prospective employer, our Career Services department is ready to help you every step of the way.  They can help you create a resume, prepare for interviews, and connect you with our local and national employers for job opportunities.

Enroll in Our HVAC&R Program Today

The flexibility of day and evening classes makes it easy to fit learning into your schedule, while affordable tuition with opportunities for financial aid for those who qualify helps you invest in your future at Pennco Tech. Contact us today to learn more about enrolling in the program and schedule a tour of our Bristol, Pennsylvania campus, or Blackwood, New Jersey campus.

Our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Graduates Find Careers As

HVAC Technician

HVAC Mechanic

HVAC Specialist

HVAC Installer

Refrigeration Technician

In March of 2018 I decided to go to Pennco Tech for HVAC and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m so proud of myself for roughing this out and completing the program.

Corey G., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Thank you for all your help along the way! Install is tough but I’m learning a lot and I do really like it! Pennco gave me all the tools I needed to start my HVAC career.

Jason B., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

I love my job! Every day is fun and full of new things to learn. And Pennco gave me the knowledge and insight to be ahead of the rest of the apprentices!

Peter B., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

I graduated from High School and saw my older brother and his success. He attended Pennco in the Electrician Program; I wanted to go into the HVAC field. Loved school learned something new every day and couldn’t wait to get out into the workforce. Started working with Christian Heating and Air the day BEFORE I completed my program. I love my job and I love what I do; a new challenge every day and satisfaction of “getting things straight” for my customers!! Thank you Pennco Tech!!

Jonah D., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Program at Pennco Tech School in Bristol is the best school in the PA area! The instructors are very knowledgeable and care about the students. I got a great job before graduation. I highly recommend Pennco Tech School in Bristol if you are interested in a career in HVAC.

Cody R., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

“Thank you again for the call to Horizon, I am to start my Career on Monday. From Pennco Tech to Horizon!!. Pennco Tech Bristol, #1!”

Donte W., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

“I excelled in my hands-on training and the guys looked to me for help because women have the brains to get it done!”

Janiquea Gary - HVAC Program