Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration

HVAC-R video

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Why Choose This Program

If you like to troubleshoot and repair, work with your hands, and apply your knowledge and skills to solve problems, the Heating, Air Condition, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) program might be the right option or you.

The HVAC/R program at SCTCC prepares graduates for residential and commercial installation, service, and maintenance of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems, including troubleshooting electrical controls and motors. All students will be trained in the refrigeration and heating processes commonly used in the industry.

Well-trained technicians are in high demand with service, installation, and manufacturing companies. After graduation, students get to work in a demanding field with competitive pay.

The SCTCC program also allows you to put your skills to work in maintenance positions at hospitals, schools, supermarkets, and other public or private facilities. Positions are also available in sales for service, supply, and manufacturing companies. With so many options for a career path, our graduates are certain to find the right choice for them.

Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the HVAC/R program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers that are ready to hire including McDowall Company, Marco, Gilbert Mechanical, and more.

In the SCTCC HVAC/R program, students can expect to learn the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce. To prepare them for their careers, we teach students how to use VOM meters, understand the refrigeration and heating process, and read and interpret electrical diagrams.

After graduation, our students can even repair ice machines and refrigeration systems, solder and braze copper pipes, and even administer a combustion analysis. With a degree from SCTCC, graduates are skilled and ready to take on the path of HVAC/R.

Quick Glance

  • Use of VOM meters
  • Understanding of refrigeration and heating process
  • Reading and interpreting electrical diagrams
  • Solder and brazing of copper pipe
  • Repair of ice machines and refrigeration systems
  • Combustion analysis

With a degree in HVAC/R, graduates have many employment opportunities. Our students have worked as service and installation technicians, digital control programmers and technicians, and even equipment manufacture technicians. You can even utilize your degree as a wholesale distributor seller or a manufacture serve and install representative.

A day in the life of an SCTCC HVAC/R graduate often looks like working as a service technician under a contractor. The graduate deploys skills taught in our classrooms like reading and interpreting electrical diagrams and their knowledge of how heating and refrigeration works.

Students can find careers with a variety of employers. From service and installation contractors to wholesale companies, our graduates are certain to find a career path right for them. SCTCC graduates have even found opportunities working with public and private commercial facilities and even manufacturing distributers.

Quick Glance

  • Service/installation technician
  • Digital control programmer/technician
  • Equipment manufacture technician
  • Wholesale distributor sales
  • Manufacture service and install reps

Potential Employers

  • Service/Installation Contractors
  • Wholesale Companies
  • Public and Private Commercial Facilities
  • Manufacturing Distributers

By utilizing the skills taught in our classrooms, SCTCC graduates have worked in many successful organizations. Our students have worked with McDowall Company, Marco, Gilbert Mechanical, and many more:

  • South Town Refrigeration
  • SCR Central/Metro
  • Naylor Heating and Refrigeration
  • Climate Air
  • Precise
students at work
HVAC student working
HVAC students working
HVAC students working
HVAC students in the shop

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the HVAC/R program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for an Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at enroll@sctcc.edu
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect costs between $2185 and $2605 for books, supplies, and materials.

The SCTCC HVAC/R program is proud to offer scholarships to those specifically in the field. The following scholarships are available to HVAC/R students only:

  • John Brannan Memorial
  • McDowall Company

Check out SCTCC Scholarships - apply once and be considered for all eligible scholarships.

Current Students

Current HVAC students - this is your place for information.

If you are interested in learning more about our HVAC/R program, contact us today.

Phone: (320) 308-5916

Fax: (320) 308-5985




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