Advances in technology and energy efficiency in the heating and cooling industries mean outstanding career opportunities in the field of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration.
As a student in the HVAC/R program, you will gain the skills needed to begin a career in residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, ducting, air conditioning and refrigeration. The 36-credit diploma program is offered on the M State campuses in Moorhead and Wadena.
The comprehensive training - which includes shop skills in layout, estimating, installation and repair - will prepare you to enter an expanding industry with a broad range of employment opportunities.
As a graduate of the HVAC/R diploma program, you can expand your career options by continuing your studies in the Commercial Refrigeration diploma program on our Moorhead campus.
HVAC/R - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma
Locations: Moorhead, Wadena
Commercial Refrigeration Diploma
Students in this program work with both residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, ducting, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment. This extensive background, together with hands-on skills in layout, fabrication, installation and repair, qualifies graduates to enter one of the world's fastest-growing industries. Employment exists with manufacturers, engineers, contractors and specialized service firms. Students learn and develop applications skills of more efficient, cost-effective equipment and their application procedures. Many new, exciting and energy-saving innovations are being developed. Technicians train in this industry to provide the latest technologies to control the environment in any enclosed area, from residential homes to light commercial buildings. This includes controlling indoor air quality by utilizing mechanical means to remove pollutants and maintain desired humidity and temperature settings.
Students in this program will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to service and maintain commercial refrigeration equipment, which includes walk-in coolers and freezers, grocery stores, and ice-makers. Students will gain skills in layout, installation, and repair. Employment exists with manufacturers, engineers, contractors, and specialized service firms. Students learn to research and develop applications of more efficient, cost-effective equipment and procedures. The knowledge to design, install, and maintain these special environments for people, products, and perishables is essential today.
Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer regional wage
There's a strong demand nationwide for skilled HVAC/R technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the career field will experience growth of 34 percent between 2010 and 2020, spurred in large part by new technologies and the growing consumer focus on energy efficiency.
The rapid expansion in this industry provides both new job openings and opportunities for advancement. As a graduate, you'll find employment opportunities as refrigeration mechanic and installer, heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer, cooling and freezing equipment operator and tender, and home appliance repairer.
Description: Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.
Typical education level:Vocational Certificate
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720 Employed in your area
32 Estimated annual job openings
93 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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Last modified: June 18th, 2015 at 12:34pm