• Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

    Advances in technology and energy efficiency in the heating and cooling industries mean outstanding career opportunities in the field of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration.

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning - Refrigeration

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

As a student in the HVAC/R program, you will gain the skills needed to begin a career in residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, ducting, air conditioning and refrigeration. The 36-credit diploma program is offered on the M State campuses in Moorhead and Wadena.

The comprehensive training - which includes shop skills in layout, estimating, installation and repair - will prepare you to enter an expanding industry with a broad range of employment opportunities.

As a graduate of the HVAC/R diploma program, you can expand your career options by continuing your studies in the Commercial Refrigeration diploma program on our Moorhead campus.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Industry safety practices and procedures
  • Lay out and install ductwork
  • Design and fabricate ductwork
  • Install, maintain and troubleshoot HVAC systems
  • Lay out and wire electrical schematics

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Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes
  • Scholarships/sponsorships available
  • Each of our instructors has more than 25 years of field experience in the industry
  • Strong industry support for HVAC/R program
  • 100 percent placement rate for program graduates
  • Advanced training is available through our Commercial Refrigeration diploma program


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HVAC/R - Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Diploma
Locations: Moorhead, Wadena

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Meet the faculty

Todd Maloney

HVAC/R Instructor
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David Nevala

HVAC/R Instructor
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Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer regional wage

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer regional wage


Career opportunities

There's a strong demand nationwide for skilled HVAC/R technicians. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the career field will experience growth of 34 percent between 2010 and 2020, spurred in large part by new technologies and the growing consumer focus on energy efficiency.

The rapid expansion in this industry provides both new job openings and opportunities for advancement. As a graduate, you'll find employment opportunities as refrigeration mechanic and installer, heating and air conditioning mechanic and installer, cooling and freezing equipment operator and tender, and home appliance repairer.

Description: Install, service, or repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences or commercial establishments.

Typical education level:Vocational Certificate

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The wage & employment data displayed on this page is taken from Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers(SOC 49-9021).

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead


Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic and Installer employment

720 Employed in your area

32 Estimated annual job openings

93 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics and Installers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 90 13%
25-34 228 32%
35-44 163 23%
45-54 146 20%
55-64 76 11%
65+ 17 2%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required HVAC/R courses

  • HVAC Design and Installation
  • Electricity for HVAC
  • Technical Mathematics
  • HVAC Internship
  • Air Handling
  • Duct Fitting Construction
  • Refrigeration, AC and Heating Lab
  • HVAC Electrical Controls
  • Hot Water Heating
  • Heat Pump Theory and Operation
  • Gas and Oil Heating
  • Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Principles

Last modified: June 27th, 2017 at 02:06pm