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HVAC-R Degree

3300 Century Avenue North White Bear Lake, MN

About the program

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology – commonly known as HVAC-R – involves the design, repair, installation, and maintenance of heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration equipment. With strong demand and high wages for skilled and qualified individuals, the time to enter the HVAC-R industry has never been better. The HVAC-R program at Century College offers the classroom and hands-on instruction you will need to begin your career.

The program’s emphasis is on both residential and commercial HVAC-R systems. Graduating students can choose from a wide array of career opportunities in both the residential and commercial areas of the industry, working with both union and non-union companies. Students can also test for the EPA's Section 608 Clean Air Act Certification while attending the program.

See program requirements for a list of specific courses, but the program covers the following general topics:

  • Emerging technologies and advanced equipment needed to respond to increasing energy efficiency demands.
  • Diagnosing electrical circuits utilizing wiring diagrams and electrical testing equipment.
  • Refrigeration and heating theory and practices.
  • System design through load calculating and installation methods.
  • Diagnostic and repair procedures for servicing HVAC-R systems.
  • Indoor air quality and energy codes related to environmental control equipment.
  • Soldering and brazing techniques and an introduction to sheetmetal fabrication.

In addition to these core concepts, the General Education courses required will help ensure individuals have the necessary oral, written, and critical thinking skills to help them with their professional responsibilities.

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Degree Type
Associates Degree
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Length of Program
2 Years
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