HVAC/R Technology

Associate Degree Program | 64 Credits

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology – also known as HVAC/R – is an industry with strong growth potential. Most buildings require these systems to make our lives easier and more comfortable.

As a top HVAC/R Technician you could be working in homes, office buildings, factories or hospitals to install or repair these systems to maintain proper temperature and air quality in buildings. Your career duties will include replacing worn parts, testing HVAC/R systems, listening to customer concerns and recording maintenance performed. In just two years at STC, you will be ready to launch your career as an HVAC/R technician. You might choose to specialize in such areas as: 

  • Radiant heating 
  • Solar panels 
  • Testing and balancing 
  • Commercial refrigeration

The Bureau of Labor estimates that the employment of HVAC/R Technicians is expected to grow 4% through 2029 because of the anticipated increase in commercial and residential building construction in the coming decade. Take advantage of the job growth now!

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Southeast Tech's HVAC/R program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2020 graduates.

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Why Choose Southeast Tech for your HVAC/R Education?

Your HVAC/R Excellence Accredited coursework in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, focuses on installation, maintenance and repair of building climate systems. STC’s experienced faculty will teach duct-work fabrication and installation, piping circuits, as well as the use of power tools and testing equipment. Your classes also help you:

Use Technology in Your Field: As HVAC/R systems become more complex, you will be ahead of the competition with your understanding of proper setup and operation of various systems.

Problem Solve: HVAC/R technicians use various testing equipment and manuals to diagnose problems, and then devise and implement repairs. You also need strong math skills to calculate load requirements, and the ability to interpret manuals, graphs and schedules.

Be a Valuable Team Member: As a talented HVAC/R technician from Southeast Tech, your ability to communicate well with customers and to organize your thoughts and explain them to others will be highly valuable. 

Work Opportunities  

As an HVAC/R Technician from Southeast Tech, you will be in demand working for contractors, and retail/wholesale and repair companies. Your field is also a great place to start as an entrepreneur! 

Explore Classes   

Southeast Tech’s curriculum for HVAC/R technicians includes classes in Basic Heating Systems, Air Conditioning Installation, Service and Repair Procedures, High Pressure Chillers, Heat Pump Systems, and Sheet Metal Layout and Fabrication. 



Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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