The HVAC program at Ivy Tech Community College provides an opportunity for students to gain the skills necessary to enter the field of heating, cooling and refrigeration. As one of the nation's fastest growing occupations, HVAC/R is enjoying the advent of some of the newest technologies. HVAC credentials are the key to entering a field of excellent wage earnings, respect and innovation as the new technology is integrated into its processes and equipment at an astounding rate! As the industry moves forward into the future, the demand for skilled technicians, installers and design persons has created a wonderful opportunity for individuals to enter the field and to find success in something that will be shielded from the economy and outsourcing. HVAC is consistently in the top of the top 50 jobs in the state and in the nation.

Graduates are obtaining employment in areas such as HVAC installers, service technicians, designers and sales. Specialties in the field include energy management, green technologies, and building automation systems. You can be a part of this exciting field. In as little as one year, you could earn a Certificate or Technical Certificate...in two years you can earn your Associate of Applied Science degree. As a student in the HVAC program, you will receive several National Certifications in areas such as heat pumps, gas heat, geo-thermal, air-conditioning and HVAC electrical along with the E.P.A. mandated 608 refrigerant Certification.

Mission Statement
The mission for HVAC program is to prepare students with the skills to succeed in the industry as an HVAC professional. This is accomplished with dedicated professional instruction, relevant, up-to-date lab experience, and with an end of program proficiency examination. The HVAC program further integrates student achievement with community needs while providing for their future through life-long learning.


Certificate (21 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

Short-term certificates are sequences of technical and professional courses that are industry focused and designed for workforce preparation. They provide access to targeted, short-term training in a discipline, and completers may sit for specific certification exams. Courses in certificate programs also apply toward technical certificates and associate degree programs in the subject area.

Courses you will take 

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Technical Certificate:

Technical Certificate (31 credit hours = 2-3 semesters)

The Technical Certificate in HVAC can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require advanced education beyond the high school diploma. Technical Certificate programs provide education in conceptual and technical skills for specific occupations. The program content is designed to develop competency in the comprehension of general and technical skills. Certificate programs require mastery of basic reading, writing, mathematical and quantitative skills.

Courses you will take 

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This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for student who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.


Associate of Applied Science (63 credit hours = 5 semesters)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in HVAC will give you the knowledge and skills for career entry or advancement in a current job. Associate of Applied Science degree programs are two-year programs that prepare students for careers, career changes and career advancement. Students who need to take longer to complete the degree because of job or family obligations can take the program over a longer period of time. AAS programs may also prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions. These programs offer education in recognized technical areas and specialties with emphasis on analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The program content, which is approximately 30% general education and 70% professional/technical, provides depth and breadth in conceptual and professional/technical skills. The general education courses equip students with the problem solving, communications, scientific and mathematical skills to compete successfully in the job market. Professional/technical courses equip students with the skills to obtain employment and to advance in the workforce.

Courses you will take 


Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for student who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for part-time courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

HVAC programs are offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

Bill Fenton
(812) 330-6017

Central Indiana (Indianapolis)

David Blais
Program Chair

Scott Derr
HVAC NonCredit/ConEd

East Central (Muncie)
Gary Grider
Program Chair
1-800-589-8324, ext 1422

Kokomo (Kokomo)

Randy Gardner, program chair
800-459-0561, ext. 7558


Coy Riley
HVAC Program Chair

HVAC Brochure (PDF)
North Central (South Bend)
For more information contact Randy Kuta at 574-289-7001, ext. 6841 or rkuta@ivytech.edu.
Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Frank Garro
Program Chair
(260) 481-2289

Northwest (Valparaiso)

EJ Charles Igboegwu, Ph.D.
HVAC Program Chair
Valparaiso Campus
phone: 219-464-8514 ext. 3054

HVAC Plan of Study


Ramona Cook
Construction Technology Program Chair
Ivy Tech Community College - Richmond
2357 Chester Boulevard
Richmond IN 47374-1298
Phone: 765-966-2656, ext. 4018 Toll free: 800-659-4562, ext. 4018
Fax: 765-962-8741
Email: rdmartin@ivytech.edu

Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
For more information, contact:

Sherry Hunt

Faculty Support Secretary 
Ogle Hall, Room 109
812 246.3301 ext 4143

Lonnie Lewellen
Dean of Technology
Ogle Hall, Room 160
812-246-3301 ext 4182
Southwest (Evansville)
For more information, please contact:
Don Merle, Program Chair
(812) 429-1470
Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)

HVAC Technology Program Sheet


Jeffrey Gossett
Program Chair/Instructor

  • Airtron
  • Alaska Heating and Cooling
  • Bullock Heating and Cooling

  • Heating
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers