Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

Train in state-of-the-art facilities

HVACR students learn to solve problems they will encounter on the job by diagnosing and fixing real, working equipment during class time. Our training labs have:

  • air conditioning and heating units
  • functioning electrical panels that simulate systems found in homes and buildings
  • high-tech geothermal energy units
  • a sheet metal fabrication shop

All hand tools are provided—students do not need to purchase their own.

Work in a rapid growth field

The vast majority of our HVACR students find employment by the time they finish the program.

HVACR technicians work in a variety of areas, such as repair, installation and maintenance, and sales. Technicians may also become independent contractors.

The average wage for HVACR workers was $21.46 hourly or $44,630 annually in 2014. Available jobs for HVACR workers are projected to grow 14 percent from 2014-2024, faster than average for all occupations. (Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics)

More experienced HVACR technicians who go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical or mechanical engineering can earn $80,000 or more in Southeast Michigan, according to job search website indeed.com.

Work in energy management

In addition to preparing students to become a certified HVACR technicians, we also offer an Energy Audit class in which students learn about energy efficiency, reducing energy consumption and how to perform energy audits.

Transfer to a top program

WCC makes it easy for students who want to go on and earn a bachelor’s degree. Our program credits transfer to Ferris State University’s Bachelor’s of Science in HVAC, to a Bachelor’s of Science in Technology Management at Eastern Michigan University and several other degrees at EMU. Students interested in transferring should make an academic plan with a WCC advisor.


How long does the program take?

Students can become fully HVACR certified in two years or less.

Will I be able to work while taking classes?

Yes. Classes are offered at a variety of times during the day and evening. Most HVACR students work while taking classes.

What certifications can I earn?

WCC offers training that prepares students to:

What kinds of jobs can I get?

HVACR technicians can work as:

  • Service technicians for heating and air conditioning businesses
  • Maintenance, repair and installation workers for HVACR contracting firms
  • Facilities professionals for residential and commercial properties
  • Independent contractors

Other private schools offer HVACR training. Why should I choose WCC?

WCC is much more affordable than private schools. And because WCC is a public institution, you can receive federal grants and loans to pay for your classes. Many scholarships are available through the WCC Foundation.

WCC’s HVACR credits transfer to some four-year colleges and universities, so you might not need to retake classes if you pursue a bachelor’s degree. Many private school classes do not transfer to four-year institutions.