HVACR Technology

Are you a hands-on problem solver? Do you like the idea of working to create and fix systems that make life safe and comfortable for everyone? Imagine yourself in a well-paying field that is vital to our health and security, from preserving our food to making sure our homes, hotels, hospitals and offices stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Earn a certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technology at OCC and start a career that your family – and everyone else’s – will thank you for. Skilled HVACR technicians are in high demand throughout the state. Read on to learn more about how OCC can help you start or advance in your career in this high-wage, high-demand field.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Basic Electrical for HVAC-R
Building Automation
Ice Machine Service & Repair

Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Principles
Pneumatic Controls
Air Balance

Did you know?

The energy sector is facing significant workforce shortages — an estimated 55 percent of the energy workforce may need to be replaced by 2023, according to the Association for Career Technical Education.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

See Evening, Weekend and Online Courses

In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for a career as a heating, ventilation and air-conditioning technician. Learn to install, service and maintain air-conditioning/refrigeration equipment in buildings. This program provides a background for more advanced studies in the design and installation of computerized building automation systems. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVACR) Technology Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. Learn to install, service and maintain air conditioning/refrigeration equipment in buildings. This program provides a background for more advanced studies in the design and installation of computerized building automation systems. View program detail in course catalog.


To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information for admissions. Select the type of student you are and follow the steps listed to get started.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online, evenings and weekend classes. For tips on how to navigate this tool click here.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

Other Programs That Might Interest You

Female architect works on a design using paper and rulers

Choose from programs that prepare you for a professional position in an architectural office or help build your skills

Female student in blue striped shirt and safety goggles leans over manufacturing machine

Choose from programs that prepare you to thrive in this high-tech field

Man in plaid shirt stands on a roof frame

Train to enter the construction field or build on the skills you already have through one of our certificate programs

Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Christina Anchondo, 

CTE Outreach Specialist

Katie Ottoson

Katie Ottoson, M.S.

Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

cynthia voss

Cindy Voss

Counselor, Technology

Find Out

More icon hires

Fill out the form below and one of our team members will contact you with more information