Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technology

Today most homes, offices, and schools have central heating and air conditioning. This means millions of HVAC/R systems that at some point will need to be repaired or replaced by highly trained and skilled professionals. Talk about job security!

Rowan-Cabarrus offers classroom and hands-on learning opportunities for its students. The air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technology curriculum helps students with basic knowledge to develop the skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems. Students can also learn about mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls, safety and more.

Diploma graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to assist in the start up, preventive maintenance, service, repair and/or installation of residential and light commercial systems. Associate in Applied Science degree graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to demonstrate an understanding of system selection and balance and advanced systems.

Program Chair
Joe Christie

Joe Christie



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanics and installers have an average salary of $45,640 in the state of North Carolina as of May 2020.

While most technicians are employed by construction contractors, about 1 in 10 are self-employed workers who have the ability to set their own schedules.

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028 in NC.

The HVAC/R program at Rowan-Cabarrus gives students the opportunity to learn both in the classroom and in real world settings. This allows them to gain true understanding of the material and ensuring that after graduation they have the skills needed to work in the field.
Tony Baker

Instructor in Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Technologies

I am getting my second associate degree because I wanted to build my resume with technical skills.
Gerardo Mendez