The North Carolina Community College System has 58 campuses throughout the state. Coastal Carolina Community College is the only one located in Jacksonville. The HVAC and HVAC/R programs closest to Jacksonville are at the following schools:
- Cape Fear, Wilmington, NC
- Fayetteville, Fayetteville, NC
- Guilford, Greensboro, NC campus
- Johnston, Smithfield, NC
- Martin, Williamston, NC
- Pitt, Winterville, NC
- Southeastern, Whiteville, NC
- Wilson, Wilson, NC
Not all programs are available at all colleges at all times. Students can apply certain credits from a certificate program to a diploma or degree program, and vice versa.
Students can complete HVAC/R coursework for all programs in day or evening classes, part-time or full-time. Technology courses are on-campus because students have to participate in lab work. After consulting with their advisors, students may be able to complete some general education coursework online.
Several types of certificates are available. Certificates and their curriculum details vary from school to school and are available depending on demand. However, several common courses include comfort cooling, commercial building automation, heat pumps, HVAC design and installation, residential technician, and servicing.
The 12- to 18-credit certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions. Students take introductory courses in refrigeration, electricity, and HVAC, and job safety, as well as courses specific to their chosen certificate. Coursework covers classroom lectures and hands-on training in labs.
Coastal Carolina CC’s air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technology diploma program builds on the certificate programs with additional coursework in the basics of HVAC and HVAC/R, electronics, reading blueprints and schematics, math, building codes, air quality, and energy management. Students attend classroom lectures and receive hands-on training in labs. They also complete coursework in customer relations and general education electives for a total of 36 to 48 credits to graduate.
General education courses in the school’s air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration technology associate degree program include oral and written communication, electives from the humanities, such as workplace values and ethics, electives from behavioral sciences, such as psychology, and electives from the natural sciences, such as physics. The technical component covers the same topics as the certificate and diploma programs with the addition of HVAC and HVAC/R technology, system design, controls, hydronics, thermodynamics, computers, and ducting. Students attend classroom lectures and receive hands-on training in labs. The degree program requires the completion of 62 to 76 credits. Graduates are prepared to take the EPA Section 608 exam and other industry exams.
- Location: As noted above
- Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; HVAC Excellence (Guilford Technical Community College only); PAHRA (Pitt Community College only)
- Tuition: $76 per credit
- Program length: Six to 12 months for the certificate; 12 to 18 months for the diploma; two years for the degree