About the Career

Job opportunities in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Cooling and Refrigeration (HVACR) exist in a wide array of settings including commercial and residential customers.  Professionals may also diagnose and repair the electronic, mechanical, and electrical components of these systems.  Technicians will also have the opportunity to travel to job sites in service areas or they may work in a large facility such as a shopping center, factory, transportation warehouse, hospital, grocery store, or university to maintain heating and cooling systems to meet specific needs. 

What You'll Learn

Students work with both residential and light commercial heating, ventilation, ducting, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. Students will also learn how to test electrical circuits or components for continuity, using electrical test equipment.  This extensive background, together with hands-on skills in sheet metal layout and fabrication, HVACR equipment installation and repair, qualifies graduates to enter one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.

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NMU Degrees

HVACR technology certificate - 2 years

Prepares graduates for employment as professionals in the industry. The climate control program also provides you instruction in both technical theory and practical application.

Climate control technology associate degree - 2 years

Students complete the same technical courses as the HVACR certificate program. You will also complete general education courses, which will further prepare you for employment as a service technician and can increase the opportunity to advance in your career or education..


Ross A. Christensen, Professor

rchriste@nmu.edu, 906-227-1526