Are you interested in model building or have coined yourself Mr. Fix It? HVAC Technicians are always piecing things together as they install, maintain and repair heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Can’t decide between a career in mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC covers it all! Motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures. Technicians can also specialize in specific equipment, such as hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels or commercial refrigeration.
AVERAGE STARTING HOURLY WAGE: $14.00 – $18.00 + Benefits
AVERAGE HOURLY WAGE WITH EXPERIENCE: $18.00 – $27.00 + Benefits
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES: 2-year Technical Degree or Registered Apprenticeship
HVAC Career Paths
Mitchell Technical College
Heating & Cooling Technology
The Mitchell Technical College Heating and Cooling Technology program is accredited by HVAC Excellence. The program provides students with skills and knowledge in mechanics, electricity and sheet metal. Students also receive extensive training in energy management and environmental controls technology to include renewable energy resources such as geothermal and solar technology. Laboratory time is spent installing and servicing heating and cooling systems, as well as designing and forming sheet metal patterns for ductwork. Click here for more information!
Southeast Technical College
As a top HVAC/R Technician you could be working in homes, office buildings, factories or hospitals to install or repair these systems to maintain proper temperature and air quality in buildings. Your career duties will include replacing worn parts, testing HVAC/R systems, listening to customer concerns and recording maintenance performed. In just two years at Southeast Tech, you will be ready to launch your career as an HVAC/R technician. Click here for more information!
Western Dakota Technical College
HVAC & Refrigeration Technology
The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) field is growing quickly. Demand for workers is high because there are not enough skilled technicians to fill all the available positions.
Our HVAC/R program will give you the appropriate mix of soft skills, theory, hands-on experience. We put classroom theory into practice in the lab with simulations and real-life scenarios to give you the skill necessary to be successful in the HVAC/R industry. We use a variety of modern HVAC/R equipment, trainers, simulation software, measuring instruments, and tools. Our program is designed to give you the core competencies employers are looking for. These include troubleshooting, problem-solving, customer service, and professional skills in addition to technical HVAC/R skills. Graduates of our program enter the HVAC/R industry as quality, well-trained entry-level HVAC/R technicians. Click here for more information!
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Apprenticeships in South Dakota
The vision from Day 1 has been to provide South Dakota businesses a proactive strategy to engage individuals in their communities, improve their skills set, and fill workforce needs. Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs) provide employers a proven business model to develop fully trained employees. Click here for more information!