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
Daniel Vos
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Before beginning a career in HVAC/R, Daniel explored diverse educational and occupational opportunities. After receiving a degree in Philosophy from Augustana University in 2011, he enrolled in the Student Affairs Administration program at South Dakota State University. While studying and researching, he instructed a first-year seminar and oversaw two residence halls. Immediately following completion of his graduate degree in 2014, Daniel moved to the small community of Carmen Pampa, Bolivia to volunteer at a university serving a primarily rural population of students. For seven months he helped manage the community service program all students were required to participate in. This hands-on experience inspired Daniel to pursue a technical education. In 2017, he graduated from Southeast Tech with an AAS in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R). During school and following, he worked for a commercial HVAC company in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Education: BA, Augustana University; MEd South Dakota State University; AAS, Southeast Tech





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