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Sinclair College

HVAC-R Engineering Technology


The HVAC-R Engineering Technology program develops well-rounded students prepared for careers or additional education in the HVAC-R field. Students in the certificate program are prepared for entry-level careers in residential and light commercial HVAC-R installation, with introductory training in service. Students completing the ETAC/ABET accredited Associate Degree are prepared for a variety of careers in commercial/industrial HVAC-R as well as to continue on for a Bachelor's degree.

Why major in HVAC-R Engineering Technology?

ETAC/ABET accredited curriculum balances theory and practical applications. The HVAC-R Engineering Technology program's objectives are to prepare students with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application installation, manufacturing, operation, marketing and maintenance of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Students completing the sequence of courses will have competence in the program areas of air-conditioning processes, heating/cooling load calculations, ventilation principles, pipe and duct sizing and design, controls, and system components.

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy hands-on activities and working with different HVAC-R technologies.
  • You find the HVAC-R engineering technology field to be interesting and want to learn more.
  • You are interested in gaining skills needed by individuals and businesses across the nation.
  • You would like to work in an industry that is ever-changing and advancing.

Available Programs

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Applied Science
Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology Go to Program Details Display Program Description
This degree is designed for entry-level students pursuing careers in the HVAC-R industries, as well as experienced technicians in need of upgrade training. The program focuses on the basic operating principles of commercial and industrial HVAC systems, allowing one to pursue careers in sales, service, design, facilities operation, project management or as a laboratory technician for an equipment manufacturer. These principles are presented through lecture and laboratory exercises in a step-by-step fashion by addressing refrigeration, heating, distribution, filtration and control as individual subsystems. Upper-level courses tie the subsystems together to discuss how they interact, providing the HVAC-R technician or designer with knowledge regarding proper system operation. View Full Program Details
One-year Technical Certificate
HVAC Light Commercial & Residential Service Go to Program Details Display Program Description
This program is intended for entry-level students or residential service technicians desiring careers as light commercial HVAC service technicians. This program is a hands-on troubleshooting and service program geared to the light commercial HVAC industry including convenience stores, restaurants, strip malls and any other type of small business concern. Students learn the basics of heating, cooling, distribution and control of these HVAC systems. The hands-on component uses the types of equipment installed in the field. View Full Program Details

Career Paths and Opportunities in Engineering Technology Areas

Engineering Technician Career Paths: HVAC-R Engineering Technicians yearly salary $43,640/$20.98 an hour. Technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Associate's Degree or Certificate

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The HVAC-R Engineering Technology Associate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. View program enrollment and graduation statistics.

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission