Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) is a broad, stable industry that involves creating and maintaining safe, comfortable, enclosed environments for people and products.

This industry provides services essential to maintaining our quality of life. Technicians design, sell, install, and service the air conditioning, refrigeration, and heating units used in residential and commercial buildings. This complex equipment may control temperature and humidity and filter and clean air.

You're certified sooner at GRCC

Our programs offer a condensed block-time schedule with classes Monday through Thursday starting at 7 a.m. Classes are scheduled back to back to simplify the time schedule and accelerate the program.

Areas of study

You’ll learn theory of equipment operation and have hands-on laboratory practice installing equipment and performing standard service procedures. You’ll gain knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  • Cooling, heating, filtering, and controlling humidity
  • Operating characteristics of various parts, units, and systems
  • Blueprint reading
  • Use of technical reference manuals
  • Diagnosis of malfunctions
  • Overhaul, repair, and adjustment of parts, units and systems

HVAC/R offers a variety of career opportunities

Technicians may work in many places and situations, both indoors and outdoors. They often specialize in one area. Positions available to HVAC/R graduates include:

  • Air-Conditioning Technician
  • Climate Control Technician
  • Domestic Air-Conditioning Installer
  • Environmental-Control-System Installer
  • Heating Technician
  • Heating and Cooling Technician
  • Oil-Burners Installer and Repair Technician
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Warm-Air Furnace Installer and Repair Technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Sales Representative
  • Designer
  • Estimator
  • Engineering Assistant
  • Contractor

Employment projections

In West Michigan, skilled technicians are in great demand and offer job security. New technology and the emphasis on saving energy and reducing pollution have created a need for skilled technicians to update equipment and systems.

Contact Information

For more information or to schedule a site visit please contact:

Donald Steeby
(616) 234-4837
dsteeby@grcc.edu

Ronald Stevenson
(616) 234-3394
rstevenson@grcc.edu