Today’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry makes possible modern living including medicine, technology, and personal comfort at home and on the job, as well as food preservation. In fact, it supports almost every component of our way of life. The HVACR industry is growing and becoming more technologically complex. As a result, industry leaders have mandated that employees have a variety of skills including technical problem solving, communications, and customer relations. The new HVACR employee must be a professional in every way and has great potential for advancement. Areas of opportunity include factory or distributor technical representative; factory, distributor or dealer sales professional; system design technician; distributor or dealer customer service manager; project estimator; project manager; dealer field service technician and more.
Stark State College offers a commercial/industrial lab as well as a residential lab totaling approximately 4000 square feet. Both labs have a wide variety of modern HVACR and refrigeration equipment due to the many area HVACR and refrigeration businesses that support the program with state-of-the-art equipment. The HVACR program also has a 750-square-foot full sheet metal lab.
Students have the opportunity to obtain a variety of HVACR certifications in the program including ARI ICE (industry competency exams) tests, EPA refrigerant certification, and NATE (North American Technician Excellence) exams. Four NATE-approved courses are also offered for those seeking re-certification.
A graduate of this program will earn an associate of applied science degree in heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.
In addition, Stark State offers a state-accredited technical certificate in HVAC Technology. It provides the students with many of the core technical courses in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technology.
Stark State students can now obtain a four-year degree through an agreement with Ferris State University click here for more information.
Your pathway to a degree
You can start with a HVACR certificate, taking classes that directly apply to the associate degree in HVACR technology:
HVACR technician certificate