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HVAC-R

If your career path has gone cold, you can turn up the heat with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R).

In today’s rapidly evolving construction industry, HVAC-R technicians are in high demand. Job opportunities abound in either commercial or residential properties to include the repair or installation of air conditioning or refrigeration systems.

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration is the use of various technologies to control the temperature, humidity, and purity of the air in an enclosed space. Its goal is to provide thermal comfort and acceptable indoor air quality and temperature in commercial and residential environments. This is a skilled career focus program.

Snead State’s program offers experienced instructors qualified to prepare you for the workforce with real world applications and hands-on labs. Receiving an AAS degree in HVAC-R could be a step in the right direction for you to pursue a high-demand, high-wage career.

Job Outlook in HVAC-R

The average salary for those working in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration is about $48,000-$73,000 per year. Positions for HVAC-R Technicians are expected to increase 7.9 percent through 2030. Within a 60-mile radius of Snead State’s campus, 467 unique job postings were available from January 2023 to April 2024 in HVAC-R.

Industries that employ HVAC-R Technicians include:

  • Building Equipment Contractors
  • Direct Selling Establishments
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Education and Hospitals (Local Government)
  • Federal Government, Civilian
  • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance

Master Schedule

Below is the recommended schedule for students pursuing an HVAC-R AAS degree. Following the master schedule will ensure degree completion within two academic years. Because courses aren’t offered every semester, it’s important for students to follow the recommended schedule to stay on track for completion.
Required Academic Hours: 15-16
Required Core Hours: 55
Total Degree Hours: 70-71

Fall First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreACR 111 Principles of Refrigeration3
CoreACR 113 Refrigeration Piping Practices3
CoreACR 121 Principles of Electricity for HVAC-R3
CoreACR 123 HVAC-R Electrical Components3
AcademicMTH 100, 110, 112, 113, 116, OR 1253
NOTE: Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Spring First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreACR 112 HVAC-R Service Procedures3
CoreACR 125 Fundamentals of Gas and Electrical Heating Systems3
CoreACR 127 HVAC-R Electric Motors3
CoreACR 132 Residential Air Conditioning3
AcademicAST, BIO, CHM, GEO 101, MTH 100, PHS, or PHY3-4
NOTE: Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Summer First-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreACR 148 Heat Pump Systems I3
CoreACR 205 System Sizing and Air Distribution3
CoreACR 209 Commercial Air Conditioning Systems3
AcademicHUM/Fine Arts – ART, FRN, HUM, MUS, PHL, or THR3
NOTE: Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Fall Second-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreACR 119 Fundamentals of Gas Heating Systems3
CoreACR 203 Commercial Refrigeration3
CoreACR 181 Special Topics in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration3
CoreACR 147 Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Theory3
AcademicENG 1013
NOTE: Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Spring Second-Year Students

COURSE TYPECOURSE NAMEHOURS
CoreACR 126 Commercial Heating Systems3
CoreACR 130 Computer Assisted HVAC Troubleshooting3
CoreACR 195 Co-Op3
CoreWKO 101 Workplace Skills1
AcademicANT, ECO, GEO 100, HIS, POL, SOC3
NOTE: Courses should be taken during the semester listed. Courses are not offered every semester.

Certificates

The HVAC-R pathway has built-in certificate credentials that students can use to add to their skill set to aid in finding employment. The certificate options include a short-term certificate in HVAC that can be completed in one semester (12 credit hours) and a short-term certificate as a HVAC-R Technician, that can be completed within two semesters (24 credit hours).

Earn As Your Learn

A valuable resource for students within the HVAC-R pathway is the option to earn as they learn through Snead State’s apprenticeship program. Students who qualify to work as apprentices are paired with participating industries to work within their field of study for a competitive wage, gaining practical experience that will aid them in securing employment after completing their AAS degree.

For More Information

For more information about the HVAC-R pathway, contact HVAC-R Instructor Johnny Winfrey at johnny.winfrey@snead.edu or Dean of Career and Technical Education/Workforce Development Dr. Greg Randall at greg.randall@snead.edu or (256) 840-4166.