The HVAC Technology program is a a nine-month diploma program that will prepare you for entry-level positions in an HVAC-related career by providing you the technical and other skills you need to be successful.
HVAC is a growing career field, and employers need well-trained technicians who can step right in and start working. WDT’s program is designed to do just that-and do it quickly.
Start the program in the fall semester, and you will graduate the following spring ready to start a new, rewarding, and in-demand career.
What you’ll learn
You will graduate ready to:
- Work on residential heating, air conditioning, and heat pump systems.
- Install, troubleshoot, and repair residential heating, air conditioning, and heat pump equipment using copper tubing, PVC, and other accepted materials.
- Install a wide range of gas and electric forced-air furnaces.
- Work safely with tools, equipment, and instruments used in the HVAC industry.
- Install, troubleshoot, test, and repair electrical components on heating, air conditioning, and heat pump systems.
- Install and work with a wide range of gas and electric forced-air furnaces.
You also will prepare for and take the universal HVAC certification exam so you are qualified to handle all types of refrigerant when you graduate.
Where the career is going
Employment of HVAC mechanics and installers is expected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growing number of sophisticated climate-control systems is also expected to increase demand for qualified HVAC technicians.
Climate-control systems generally need replacement after 10 to 15 years. A large number of recently constructed homes and commercial buildings will need replacement climate-control systems by 2020, spurring demand for technicians.
The growing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction will require more HVAC technicians as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely. Regulations prohibiting the discharge and production of older types of refrigerant pollutants also will result in the need to modify or replace many existing air conditioning systems.
What you’ll earn
The median annual wage of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $42,530 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,490, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,930.
In May 2010, median annual wages in industries employing the most heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers were as follows:
|Hardware, plumbing, and heating equipment wholesalers||$46,540|
|Direct selling establishments||$44,210|
|Commercial and industrial machinery and equipment repair||$43,460|
|Building equipment contractors||$40,630|