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About our Heating, AC, Refrigeration
& Plumbing Associate Degree

The Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing programs prepare students to install, repair and maintain refrigeration, heating and air conditioning equipment. Students learn about the components and construction of HVACR systems, temperature control and electronics, and how to read blueprints. This program incorporates a hands-on practical approach through work in the lab on HVAC equipment.

Graduates enter their field with skills and knowledge in basic electricity, heating and refrigeration systems and air conditioning systems, as well as the skills and competencies for journeyman plumbing. Special attention will be given to the integration of green technologies. Advanced courses develop more sophisticated design and application skills such as estimating thermal loads, hydronic piping design and controls for more complex circuits including digital. Heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/ HVACR) technicians can work in private homes, commercial offices, industrial complexes or any other type of building.

The Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing department offers an Associate in Applied Science degree with two options: Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, and Heating & Plumbing. The program also offers individual certificates in Plumbing, Heating, and Refrigeration & Air Conditioning. The program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in the HVAC/Plumbing fields.

Out-of-State Licensure Information

If you are completing this program and will be seeking licensure in another state, please download our Out-of-State Licensure document.

Graduation Outcomes

  • Assemble warm air, steam and hot water systems.
  • Combustion test for maximum operating efficiency.
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical and fuel systems.
  • Exhibit knowledge of installation code and safe work practices.
  • Assemble, charge and operate refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
  • Troubleshoot and repair refrigeration and AC control systems.
  • Recover, recycle and work safely with refrigerants.
  • Awareness and teamwork skills.

What opportunities does this program provide?

SMCC graduates in this program have gone on to work as:

  • Estimator
  • HVAC Business Owner
  • HVAC Installer
  • HVAC Lead Technician
  • Project Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Thermal Engineer

Continue Your Education

SMCC graduates have used our transfer agreements to continue their education at:

  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Maine College of Art
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Saint Joseph’s College
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas College
  • University of Maine
  • University of New England
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Wellesley College

To view our seamless transfer agreements, visit our Transfer webpage.

How do I complete this program?

Browse the information below to view our program requirements and how you might complete this program.

Estimated Full-Time Degree Completion Time

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.

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Not ready to commit to a degree program? We may have other options that work for you.

Did you know that we offer a broad array of short-term workforce training programs that allow you to enter the workforce and start earning quickly? These programs are a great way to enter a career in your area of interest and to become accustomed to college classes. They are also often grant-funded (free of charge to trainees). And, if you find you want to keep going, we can help you find a related academic degree or certificate program of interest with which you can continue your education.


Costs & Financial Aid

This degree program may have specific associated costs which are important to know before attending. We encourage you to apply for financial aid which provides funds in the form of grants and scholarship (free), loans (need to repay) and student employment (earned money.)

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Contact Us:

Admissions: 207-741-5800 or admissions@smccME.edu 

Department Chair: Anthony Kadnar, 207-741-5887 or akadnar@smccME.edu

A three-credit class averages


Full-time tuition & fees


*Additional program costs may apply.


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