HVAC and Plumbing Technology


HVAC and Plumbing Technology is a four-semester, two-year associate of applied science degree designed to prepare students for the growing number of job available in these fields.

It also gives graduates more flexibility because they will be able to seek employment in a variety of settings, including HVAC companies, plumbing companies, and public entities. The program fulfills industry need because companies that complete HVAC and plumbing projects are seeking employees who are skilled in both areas.

The program combines WDT’s diplomas options in HVAC Technology and Plumbing Technology. Courses from both diplomas transfer into the degree option, giving graduates of either diploma the option of returning later for additional training.

Whatever path students choose, labor market information indicates that the demand for workers in the HVAC and Plumbing fields is strong now and in the future.

  • Through 2020, the number of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians is expected to grow by 23.3 percent.
  • Through 2020, the number of plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters is expected to grow by 10 percent.

The wages are great, too. HVAC mechanics and installers in the Rapid City area earn an average hourly wage of $19.02.  Plumbers earn an average of $20.28.

And since we will always need these services, the demand for skilled employees is not expected to decline, making this a great time to enter either or both fields.