Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Technology Program Details

Good Paying & Interesting Jobs

We currently have at least three to four jobs for every DMACC HVAC graduate. Average starting pay is about $28,000 per year. Top pay ranges from $30,000 to $60,000 (or more) per year in this region.

Program Highlights

  • Varied career paths. Visit the Air Conditioning Contractors of America website for more information.
  • Up-to-date equipment in our labs
  • Multimedia classrooms
  • Hands-on lab training using actual equipment, not just trainers
  • Program material is updated annually
  • Computer simulators for HVAC troubleshooting practice
  • Internship: Term 3 includes a paid (training wage) internship for qualified students

Experienced Instructors

Over 50 years combined experience in the Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration field for both instructors.

Low program cost and convenient hours

  • Total approximate cost for the full two-year AAS degree program including cost for tools is $9,685 for the program beginning in fall 2008
  • Students can elect to take just Terms 1, 2 and 3 and receive a diploma for an estimated cost of $6,230
  • HVAC classes generally run from 8am to 12 noon, M-F. Other required classes may be taken at night or as summer classes. This allows students to hold afternoon or evening jobs and still attend HVAC classes at DMACC.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Install, service, and repair residential electric, gas, and oil fired furnaces and heat pumps
  • Install, service, and repair many kinds of cooling equipment in residential and small commercial businesses
  • Work as a commercial mechanic, install, service, and repair large air conditioning units such as those found in office buildings, department stores, and other places of business
  • Put together and install duct work and other parts
  • Connect motors, compressors, temperature, and humidity controls and fans to control panels
  • Connect the control panel to the power source
  • Check the system to see that it is working properly
  • Most graduates become installation and service technicians, but some go into sales work or start their own businesses

Visit the Air Conditioning Contractors of America website for more information about careers in this industry.