HVAC/R Technology

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The HVAC and HVAC/Refrigeration fields are growing, and there are not enough trained, skilled technicians to fill all the available positions.

WDT’s programs can give you the technical and other skills employers want and that will help make you successful in these growing fields.

WDT offers the following program:

  • HVAC/R is a 20-month Associate of Applied Science program that combines everything in the HVAC diploma program with advanced training and experience with refrigeration so you are prepared for an even greater number of career opportunities.

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.

Employment of HVAC and HVAC/R technicians 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 techs.

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 and HVAC/R 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