Philadelphia Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating School

Hands-On Training for a Career as an HVAC Tech

Learn by doing! At Orleans Technical College, you can earn your Trades Diploma in just 6 or 13 months and take the first step toward an exciting career in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating. Our career training course is hands-on so that you gain the skills that employers are looking for! Click here if you’d like to Schedule an Admissions Appointment to check out all that we have to offer!

You can become a technician or mechanic and manage everyday problems and implement solutions for climate control and energy efficiency. Orleans graduates are employable in a variety of vital positions to install, diagnose, service, and repair air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating equipment—from small units to entire systems.

  • Program Objective

    Orleans Tech’s Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating program teaches the skills required to diagnose, maintain, and repair residential air conditioning and commercial air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. Students learn refrigeration through work with freezers, cold rooms, and ice machines. Federal environmental reclamation and recycling standards are taught. In the air conditioning and heating portion of the course, students are taught current technology relating to central air conditioning and window units, heat pumps, gas and oil-fired furnaces, and related ductwork. Principles of alternative energy are taught through radiant heat.

  • Upcoming Classes

    May 28, 2019 Apply Now

  • Employment Opportunities

    Graduates are employable in entry-level positions such as air conditioning technicians, refrigeration technicians, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics or helpers, and general maintenance personnel. The College recommends that students take the E.P.A. exam at the completion of training to enhance employment opportunities.

    Career Outlook

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
    Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” 2018-19 Edition.

  • Industry Certification

    Students in this program are eligible to receive industry-recognized certification from NOCTI upon successful completion of certification exams. Students will be eligible to earn the OSHA-10 safety certification, which is the construction industry recognized credential.

  • Gainful Employment Information

    Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating SOC: 49-9021.01 CIP: 47.0201

    For Gainful Employment Information, including costs, financing, related jobs, and graduate completion and employment statistics, click on one of the links below:

    Click Here for 6-month (Day) Program »
    Click Here for 13-month (Evening) Program »

    Student Right-to-Know

    Title I, Section 103 of The “Student Right‐to‐Know and Campus Security Act” (P.L. 101‐542) requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to calculate graduation rates of certificate‐ or degree‐seeking, first‐time, full‐time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students.

    > Click here for the Student Right-to-Know report for the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating program

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license.

Orleans Tech is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and named a 2017-18 “School of Distinction.”