HVAC Technician Program
Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians install, repair, maintain, and upgrade systems that control air temperature and quality in numerous settings and establishments. Job growth within this field is spurred on by new construction and the need to retrofit or upgrade older systems as more energy efficient equipment is released and new safety and environmental regulations come into effect. As systems are increasingly complex, formal training and proper certification are imperative for entering and advancing within this field.
HVACR Technician Training at MIAT
Working safely on HVACR systems requires a thorough knowledge of the science of heating and cooling, a keen awareness of safety procedures, a proficient familiarity with the tools of the trade, and the ability to perform a variety of manual skills. The HVACR training program is composed of both classroom lectures and hands-on learning. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in HVACR while graduates of this program will gain advanced skills once employed in the field. In addition to learning various systems, this program teaches students:
Certification is designed to hold workers to a certain standard of knowledge, productivity, and safety. Achieving certification before entering the workforce is not only important to employers, but also it ensures that technicians themselves will know how to conduct themselves and handle their work without having to be instructed on the basics. Six distinct certificates are included in the program:
MIAT is happy to visit local high schools to inform students about the opportunities and advantages of an education in aviation, global logistics, energy technology, aviation maintenance technology or HVACR. If you would like MIAT to visit your high school, please fill out the form on this page, and we will get in touch with you quickly.
Starting a Career in HVACR
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook 2012-2013 projects faster than average growth for employment opportunities in this field: 34% growth from 2010-2020. Regardless of economic conditions, HVACR systems must be repaired or replaced as they age and fail in order to preserve food stores, cool/heat living and work spaces, and maintain optimal environments for warehouses. HVACR technicians are an integral part of the “green jobs” trend, implementing energy efficiency and green construction strategies. Additionally, there is great entrepreneurial potential for those with HVACR industry experience who prefer to be self-employed. MIAT’s HVACR Technician Program is 9 months in length for full time students, assuming no interruption in training, and is offered at both the Michigan and Texas campuses. The training allows students to focus on his or her chosen field, graduating faster than it takes to earn a traditional 2- or 4-year college degree or complete a 3- to 5-year apprenticeship.
"I sit on the advisory board for MIAT and what I've found is they have a curriculum...they have a passion for it...that you don't find at a lot of other schools."
- T. Bailey, Director of Maintenance Operations
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