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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration


HVAC-R Technician

Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$28,440 to $73,350*
Tuition and fees:
$18,750 to $20,250
Program length:
48 weeks

As construction demands continue to rise, so does the need for climate control systems. This trend crosses residential, industrial and commercial use. Consequently, employment needs for HVAC/R technicians are expected to rise more quickly than average for all occupations.*

Brightwood Career Institute’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration diploma program could train you for success in this growing career field. Our goal is to provide you with training on safety, troubleshooting and the repair skills required for the HVAC/R industry. This is achieved through hands-on laboratory training with real HVAC/R equipment, group discussions and lectures.

Career-Focused Curriculum

Beyond installation of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, a professional in this career field often handles maintenance and repairs. Safety is paramount in the HVAC/R field, and our program emphasizes compliance with industry safety standards.

Coursework marries classroom teaching with detailed, hands-on lab training in topics like:

  • Basic and commercial refrigeration exploring system evacuation, refrigerant, oil management recovery, recycling, reclaiming and retrofitting, system charging and calibrating instruments
  • Basic electricity for HVAC technicians, including major tools, components, diagrams, electrical circuits and graphs used on the job
  • Heating and central air-conditioning systems with emphasis on the various types and applications for use in residential and commercial settings
  • Motors and controls, including thermostats, pressure switches and other electric control devices

HVAC/R Certification

If you would like to add additional credentials when seeking employment, certification or licensure is an option. In some cases, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations.

Successful completion of this program may prepare graduates to complete the EPA Section 608 Certification for Stationary Air Conditioning and Refrigeration which is required for all technicians who work with refrigerant.

Certification and licensure examinations vary by location. Please see your campus' course catalog to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to you.

HVAC/R Career Avenues

Earning a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration diploma from Brightwood Career Institute can ready you to seek entry-level employment in these environments:

  • Property management companies
  • Independent HVAC/R contractors
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Other large buildings

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $45,910 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,440, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,350. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, (accessed September 8, 2017). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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