Trained, highly skilled personnel are needed for the exciting new technological demands of the residential/commercial refrigeration and heating, ventilation, air conditioning industry. Independent and critical thinking men and women instilled with troubleshooting and electrical control circuit skills are vital for the future installation and servicing of HVAC/R equipment. The HVAC/R program at SCC is designed to prepare these individuals for entry-level positions in the HVAC/R field. The Associate in Applied Science degree at SCC is 72 credits in length to insure that the student is prepared to be successful in the HVAC/R industry. The Advisory Committee believes that an A.A.S. degree needs to have the rigger that will give the student the problem solving skills, communication skills, technical skills and experiences that are required; because of this rigger the program at SCC has a higher number of required credits than some of the other programs in the MnSCU system.
To participate in this program, you should have a strong mechanical aptitude, strong math skills and enjoy problem solving.
This career field is not as sensitive to economic times because maintenance of existing systems and installation of more energy-efficient systems make up a large part of the duties. HVAC/R graduates are in high demand due to a shortage of qualified technicians.