HVAC/R equipment becomes more sophisticated with each technological development. The demand for well-trained technicians who can install, service, and maintain these systems is growing rapidly. Regional employers provide input and support towards program quality and student placement through the HVAC/R program at NCC. EPA-Section 608-Technician Certification prep and testing is offered in coordination with program coursework. The three-tier "Stackable Credential" HVAC/R program allows a student to exit and reenter the program at various levels and builds upon the previous coursework completed.
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Your Career in HVAC/R
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers-often called HVACR technicians-work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. HVACR technicians work in residential homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Their worksites may be very hot or cold because the heating and cooling systems they must repair may not be working, and because some parts of these systems are located outdoors. Irregular hours and working in cramped spaces are common. Because HVACR systems are increasingly complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education or those who have completed an apprenticeship. Some states and localities require technicians to be licensed.
HVAC/R Career Paths
- Facilities Maintenance Mechanic
- HVAC Service Technician
Degrees We Offer
- Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
- Certificate - Mid-level | 2 years
- Specialized Diploma - Entry-Level | 1 year