HVAC/R Technology

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Few professionals are as in demand as those who know how to repair, install, and maintain heating, cooling, ventilation, and refrigeration systems.
86%

of HVAC/R Technology Graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education*

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) technology is a crucial part of our everyday lives.  When problems surface, you need to take quick action. If you are considering a career as an HVAC/R Technician, then the University of Northwestern Ohio is the right choice. Employers require job candidates to have formal training and certification, training you can obtain at UNOH.

To have a successful career in this occupation, you will need an education which provides:

  • A working knowledge of residential and commercial units       
  • An understanding of government regulations for the HVAC/R industry
  • The installation and repair skills needed to work competently for future employers

Our Associate and Diploma programs in HVAC/R Technology will provide the foundation for your career.  Most of your training will be hands-on utilizing HVAC/R training aids, Novar digital controls, Simutech computer-generated simulation programs, and the latest technology in furnaces, air conditioners, and commercial refrigeration units. Plus you’ll have the chance to work with the local Habitat for Humanity organization installing residential heating and cooling systems.

Curriculum includes courses in the following areas:

  • Service and Procedures
  • Refrigeration Systems and Controls
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Air Conditioning Systems and Controls
  • Heating Systems & Controls
  • Heat Pump Systems & Controls
  • Applications of Refrigeration and Temperature Controls
  • Solar and Wind Powered Technology

The University’s HVAC/R program has been fully accredited by PAHRA; The Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation.  The HVAC/R program has also been granted a 6-year HVAC Excellence Accreditation.  As a student, you can gain certifications in section 608 and 609 of the EPA Refrigerant Handling Requirements and take the industry competency exams of the Air Conditioning Refrigeration Institute.  This gives graduates a certification the employers are looking for.

Important Facts:

  • 20 Students Per Class Maximum
  • 70% Hands-On Training
  • Coeducational Campus
  • Student Activities Year-Round
  • Over 20 Clubs to Join
  • Free Admittance to UNOH Indoor Athletic Complex, UNOH Athletic Events, and Limaland Motorsports Park

Wage Estimates and Job Outlook

The HVAC/R field is one of the fastest growing job markets in the field today. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual wage of an HVAC/R Technician is $47,380! Annual earnings range between $42,530 and $71,690 per year depending on your job title and location of employment. Also according to the BLS, there is expected to be a 14% growth in the job market through 2024 with at least 84,200 new positions available for graduating technicians in the coming years.**

*Percentages are based on surveys of our 2012-2014 academic year HVAC/R Technology associate degree graduates who reported they are employed or are continuing their education within 6 months of graduation from the University of Northwestern Ohio.  There was a 73% response rate to this survey.

**U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015, www.bls.gov, viewed June 2016

Gainful Employment Information

Important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended the following programs