How would you like a career that is cool? A career that is hot? A career that will let you chill out? You can have them all in Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology. You can find employment in maintenance, service, installation, manufacturing, warehousing, food processing, storage, transport, delivering, sales, marketing, dispatching, supervision, and management involving HVACR equipment, systems, parts, materials, supplies, maintenance agreements, and advertising. Or become the owner of your own HVACR business. Employers include air conditioning and heating companies, refrigeration companies, appliance service companies, HVACR controls companies, food processing companies, refrigerated food storage and transport, pharmaceutical manufacturing, research and development, elderly care facilities, hospitals, marine HVACR, equipment distributors, parts, material, and supply houses, restaurant chains, restaurant equipment companies, banks, shopping malls, and schools and colleges.
15 – 18
This is a job for keeps. Our modern way of living will continue to require air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration and provide you job security. Regional job demand remains strong.
A placement test in mathematics and reading is required to determine entry level courses that match individual needs. A high school diploma is not required to earn a diploma in HVACR.
Students are required to purchase tools and test equipment, and you may have to pay a $25 EPA Refrigerant Certification Fee. Also, some field trips and special meetings require fees.
Employment: Possible employers include
Salary: Starting pay in this area can range from $21,000 to $32,000 for a 40-hour week, but overtime is commonplace in this career field which boosts your pay by time and a half or more, plus bonuses, incentives, commissions, and a company vehicle.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.