Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

heating ventilation air-conditioning and refrigeration

Choose a Career That's in Demand

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC/R) field has evolved significantly in recent years, requiring an increasingly higher level of training and technical expertise. Individuals with advanced technical skills are highly sought after with current demand outweighing supply. If you are an independent thinker with a strong mechanical aptitude, who enjoys troubleshooting and solving problems, this is the career field for you. HVAC/R technicians can work in a variety of settings - from homes to commercial buildings to trains, planes and cruise ships. And with HVAC/R systems continuing to advance, changes in technology and continuous learning are a part of what makes this field so interesting.

 

The HVAC/R Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Electrical Circuits
  • Motors and Auxiliary Controls
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Hydronic Heat
  • Gas Heat
  • Sheet Metal Ductwork Fabrication
  • Brazing
  • Refrigeration, Coolers, and Freezers
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Commercial Systems

Employment Outlook

South Central College has had nearly 100% placement for its HVAC/R graduates for years and as the table below shows, the number of positions in this field continues to grow. The statistics illustrate that there are ongoing opportunities for well-paying careers and increased chances for advancement.

 

Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 443 448 1% $22.60 $47,008
State 2,864 3,180 11% $22.58 $46,966

Source: EMSI


Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

HVAC/R Grads Placed*

100% 98% 92% 91% 84%

HVAC/R Grads Continuing Education+

16% 5% 0% 15% 7%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


Program Advisors
Jay Schmit
(507) 389-7273
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Todd Huxford
(507) 389-7230
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