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Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

What it is

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Minneapolis College's Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program will train you to diagnose problems, perform repairs and conduct maintenance on residential and commercial heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) systems. You will learn diagnostic and repair procedures for HVACR equipment, and will be trained to fabricate sheet metal, copper, plastic and steel piping. Experienced instructors will prepare you to work with advanced electrical controls, heat recovery ventilators, air cleaning devices, sophisticated air measurement equipment and carbon monoxide testing instruments. 

No matter how bad the economy gets, homeowners and businesses always need technicians trained in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR). Minneapolis College provides hands-on learning to prepare you for a high paying career in HVACR. Knowledgeable instructors will give you the training you need in an industry that is challenging and fun.


  • Minneapolis College's HVAC-R program is active in Skills USA and has had many state winners in the HVAC-R competition.
  • Minneapolis College's training lab also has a state-of-the-art Indoor Air Quality and ventilation-training house located within the HVAC-R lab.
  • You will receive classroom and hands-on instruction from certified instructors in the most advanced HVAC-R training lab in Minnesota, which continually updates equipment and curriculum to reflect industry changes.
  • You will take the EPA exam, OSHA exam and employment ready exams by ESCO group (HVAC Excellence).

Program Details

HVAC Excellence Accredited


Minneapolis College's HVACR program recently received the highest-level accreditation from HVAC Excellence- one of only three programs in the state to receive this status.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Obtain section 608 Universal Certification by the EPA for refrigerant transition and recovery.
  2. Interpret electrical concepts, procedures, and safety practices.
  3. Successfully troubleshoot and repair HVACR equipment.
  4. Develop communication skills with customers, co-workers and employers.
  5. Demonstrate necessary mechanical skills to install, maintain and repair HVACR equipment.
  6. Demonstrate the skills necessary to become proficient in the process of metal fabrication related to HVACR.