Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
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 HVACR program recently received the highest-level accreditation from HVAC Excellence- one of only 3 programs in the state to receive this status.
- Minneapolis College's HVACR program is active in Skills USA and has had many state winners in the HVACR competition and one National winner.
- Minneapolis College has a Solar Energy training lab used for Photovoltaic and Thermal solar energy system training in both the HVACR and Construction Electricity programs.
- Minneapolis College's training lab also has a state-of-the-art Indoor Air Quality and ventilation-training house located within the HVACR lab.
- You will receive classroom and hands-on instruction from certified instructors in the most advanced HVACR training lab in Minnesota, which continually updates equipment and curriculum to reflect industry changes.
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
- Obtain section 608 Universal Certification by the EPA for refrigerant transition and recovery.
- Interpret electrical concepts, procedures, and safety practices.
- Successfully troubleshoot and repair HVACR equipment.
- Develop communication skills with customers, co-workers and employers.
- Demonstrate necessary mechanical skills to install, maintain and repair HVACR equipment.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to become proficient in the process of metal fabrication related to HVACR.
- 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.
- You will receive solar energy training in Photovoltaics and Thermal Solar technologies.
While in this program, you will have an opportunity to join Sills/USA VICA (Vocational Industrial Clubs of America) a student and alumni association that promotes professional advancement for students in trade, industrial, technical and health education programs by fostering networks among students, alumni, community and local industry.
The state of Minnesota does not require a state-level license or certification for HVAC professionals. There are bond requirements for mechanical contractors in order to perform gas, heating, ventilation, cooling, air conditioning, fuel burning or refrigeration work. Minneapolis College is required to identify if our degree meets the educational requirements outside of Minnesota. More information can be found at the Licensure/Certification Disclosures webpage.
If you have further questions about licensure for HVAC, please feel free to reach out to Heidi Aldes, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management.
People entering the HVACR industry are in very high demand, so pay and benefits are excellent. In Minnesota, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 16.2 percent by the year 2019, according to iseek.org. Often companies in this industry provide medical and dental insurance, retirement, paid vacation and sick time, paid advanced training and opportunities to earn overtime pay, and provide a company vehicle.
Potential Job Titles
- HVAC Service Technician
- Commercial Refrigeration Service Technician
- HVAC Equipment and Parts Salesperson
- Indoor Air Quality Specialist
- HVACR Building Maintenance Specialist
Where You Could Work
- HVAC residential service companies
- HVACR commercial service companies
- Gas utilities
- Commercial buildings (HVAC maintenance)
- HVACR equipment sales companies