Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students enrolled in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning & refrigeration technology associates degree or certificate program at NMU will learn how to develop a variety of knowledge and skills related to:

  • Residential and light commercial heating
  • Ventilation
  • Ducting
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigeration equipment
  • Electrical circuitry
  • Sheet metal layout and fabrication
  • Workplace safety
  • Employability practices

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities in HVACR technology exist in a wide array of settings including:

  • Commercial and residential customers
  • Various job sites in a service area
  • A large facility such as a hospital, university, factory or grocery store

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Electrical Engineers

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Electrical and Electronics Repairers
  • Electricians
  • Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers
  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
  • Power Distributors and Dispatchers
  • Sheet Metal Workers
  • Wind Turbine Service Technicians

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Control and Valve Installers and Repairers 
  • Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders
  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers
  • Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers, Motor Vehicles
  • Solar Photovoltaic Installers

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Electromechanical Equipment Assemblers
  • Helpers—Electricians
  • Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  • Meter Readers, Utilities

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.