Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning: Overview
New technology, the demand for service in this field, and ever-changing indoor air quality standards have created a major demand for knowledgeable, trained individuals. The future looks bright for those with training in the related fields of heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
Technically, the term "air conditioning" includes heating and cooling the indoor environment, circulating and cleaning the air, and adding or removing humidity. Sheet Metal is also an integral part of the air conditioning and heating industry.
The Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) program prepares students for entry level employment in this service industry. Students learn to use logical step-by-step diagnostic procedures in installation and repair. They also master the use and care of basic tools and equipment. They learn to operate by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards and safety standards set by Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) regulations.
Instruction in the classroom incorporates studying of basic theory, shop management and other related subjects with hands on training in the college's newly equipped HVAC lab. Classes meet six hours daily, four days per week. Because of the broad spectrum of skill the program teaches, job opportunities for graduates within the state are excellent. In addition, due to the commercial and residential needs for people with HVAC training, self-employment is always a career avenue to be considered.
Enrollment: A class of 12 students selected will be considered for the HVAC cohort. The cohort class will be selected every two years. The student cohort group consists of students seeking a two year Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS). The program is two (2) years in length. Enrollment in summer school is optional for obtaining the general education requirements. View the application process and limited enrollment program information under Admission to Turtle Mountain Community College in the TMCC Catalog.
Background in these areas beneficial
- Basic math and geometry
- Basic knowledge of drafting & blueprint reading