Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Program Now Offered at DCTC

Career Opportunities in Only One Year

Prospective students looking for a career in HVAC and Refrigeration will be excited to hear that DCTC will be offering this new program, beginning fall 2015.

This program offers a chance to start your new career after only one year of training.   As a student you will get extensive training in diagnosing, troubleshooting, installing and repairing both residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems and master the skills that are in demand for careers in this industry by next spring.

HVAC and Refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, cooling, ventilation systems in homes, schools, hospitals, factories and office buildings controlling temperature and air quality.  They may also repair or install HVAC equipment.

Because HVAC and Refrigeration systems are becoming more complex, employers generally prefer applicants with postsecondary education.  According to ISEEK, Minnesota’s career, education and job resource, employment for heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics is expected to grow about 13 percent in Minnesota by 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

“There will be a need for new HVAC and Refrigeration mechanics and installers to meet market demand in the next ten years,“  noted Chad Sheets, DCTD’s Dean of Transportation and Industry “This includes the demand due to retirements as well as industry growth.”

Average wage for employees in this field is about $21.00/hour.  Graduates of the program may be hired as:HVAC refrigeration

  • Specialty Trade Contractors
  • HVAC and Refrigeration Mechanics
  • HVAC and Refrigeration Installer
  • Mobile Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Control and Valve Installer
  • Maintenance and Repair Worker

Financial aid, student worker and work study employment is available to help finance your college education.

Veterans, transfer and international students have resources available at DCTC to help guide them through their education.

For more information on the HVAC and Refrigeration program, visit the website at https://www.dctc.edu/academics/programs-majors/industry-careers/hvac-refrigeration-technology/  or contact:

Chad Sheets

Dean of Transportation and Industry



Kerry Lurken

Enrollment Advisor/Financial Aid Specialist