HVAC/R Technology

HVAC/R Technology

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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Do you enjoy working with your hands in a casual atmosphere? Are you looking for a career with incredible growth and opportunity? At Southeast Tech, get to where you want to be in just two years with a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Refrigeration degree. As an HVAC professional, you’ll work with both new and existing construction to ensure that building climate systems run steadily and efficiently. You’ll learn to install, service, maintain and repair a variety of air moving and air tempering equipment for both residential and commercial applications. In addition, you’ll fabricate and install duct-work, tubing, and/or piping circuits. The use of torches, various power tools, and numerous hand tools will be necessary to perform specific tasks. Southeast Tech’s program is HVAC Excellence Accredited.

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This degree is a Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, meaning you can purchase a laptop on your own or from the Southeast Tech Support Center.



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Award Types: AAS Degree
Total Credit Required to Graduate: 72 (AAS)


Paul Tunge
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Paul has been teaching at Southeast Tech since 2004, and is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in Adult Education at Bellevue University.

Paul worked for Baete-Forseth as a service technician for several years before joining Johnstone Supply as a salesman and technical support specialist. He also stays active in the HVAC industry installing servicing and repairing heating and cooling equipment as a self-employed contractor.

Paul thinks watching students learn and grow is the best part of a job as an instructor. He has worked with students from 18 to 56 years of age and all backgrounds, and continues to learn each and every day from both the ever changing industry and the students themselves.

Paul’s interests and hobbies include spending time with family, friends and his dog at their family lake cabin, hunting and fishing and just enjoying life.

Education: AAS, Southeast Tech
Jason Carlson
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Jason has been an instructor at Southeast Tech since Fall of 2016. He has worked in the HVAC/R field since 2001 in various commercial and residential capacities, mostly as a field technician. Along with being an instructor at Southeast Tech, Jason still owns and operates his own Heating & Cooling business in Beresford, SD which he started in 2006.

Jason lives on an acreage near Beresford with his wife and two daughters. He is a baseball fanatic with a goal of seeing all MLB stadiums. He enjoys spending time with family, and has a real passion for the HVAC/R industry. Jason’s favorite part of the HVAC/R industry is that no two days are alike. Because things are always changing and advancing technicians have to keep challenging themselves to get better every day!

Education: AAS, Southeast Tech





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