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Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Technology Program

What is an HVAC Technician?

HVAC technicians maintain and repair heating and air-conditioning systems in residential, commercial, industrial and other types of buildings. They maintain, diagnose and correct problems by adjusting controls and testing the performance through the system using special tools and test equipment. Those specializing in heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration work on systems that control temperature and humidity. They may design, install, service and/or maintain equipment. Those specializing in building maintenance learn many of the same skills and may maintain the structural integrity of buildings.  They may be responsible for the upkeep of mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment as well as grounds maintenance. They may do painting, drywall, plastering, woodworking, pool maintenance and some custodial work. 

What skills are required?

HVAC technicians need skills in shop math, mechanical drawing, applied science, electronics, blueprint reading and computer applications. Knowledge of plumbing and electrical work is helpful. Due to the increasing use of technology an understanding of electronics is becoming more important. Frequent contact with the public means that HVAC techs should have good communication skills.

Where are they employed?

HVAC technicians work in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, factories and all kinds of stores. They may do all of their work on one building or may be dispatched to many different job sites.

What degrees and certificates does LCC offer?

LCC offers an associate degree in Applied Science in HVAC and a certificate of achievement. LCC also has a transfer agreement with Ferris State University for students who would like to complete a bachelor's degree.

What is the average salary?

The median average hourly earnings were $21.59 with a 27% growth increase through 2012. In addition to typical benefits like health insurance and pension plans, some employers pay for work-related training and provide uniforms, company vans and tools.

What else should I know?

Students in both the degree and certificate program choose to specialize in either Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) or Building Maintenance. Job prospects are expected to be good, especially for those with technical school or apprenticeship training. Employment is expected to grow faster than average through 2012.  For more information, contact the program advisor at (517) 483-9844.

Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Technology Program at Lansing Community College

Utility and Energy Systems
West Campus, Room M127
Phone: (517) 483-1570
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