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HVACR Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose HVACR Technology?

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technology program provides a balance of theory and application, in keeping with the philosophy of Ferris State University. This includes a solid foundation of the principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration combined with extensive laboratory experience.

While in the lab, students learn to test, systematically troubleshoot, repair and maintain electrical and mechanical HVACR systems and components. Residential and light commercial heating, ventilating and air conditioning along with food preservation refrigeration are the main focus of the program.

An associate degree in this program will transfer into nearly 20 other Ferris bachelor of science degree programs, including business administration, computer information systems, television production and HVACR engineering technology.

Career Opportunities

Because of the continuing demand for technicians, an HVACR graduate can easily find employment in any state or country. In fact, a Ferris HVACR graduate statistically has multiple jobs to choose from at graduation with starting salaries averaging $37,000 per year (although most students have already found employment prior to graduation).

Career opportunities for technicians are multiplying with technological advances in the use of microcomputers for data processing and system control. The demand also is spurred by expansion in the production, storage and marketing of food and other perishables.

The growing emphasis on energy cost and utilization also is creating a need for technicians to renovate, convert and service existing heating and air conditioning systems. Graduates may work as service technicians, manufacturers, laboratory technicians, sales representatives or designers.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies. Among first-time students in our technical programs, the average high school GPA is 2.8, and the average ACT composite score is 20.

Students entering the HVACR Technology program must be high school graduates with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a minimum ACT score of 18 and a minimum ACT math subscore of 19.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The HVACR Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 40 Required Credits

Intro to Refrig and AC Systems
Advanced Refrigeration and AC
Advanced Electricity-Circuits
Advanced HVACR Controls
Fund of Heating-Mech Systems
Commercial Refrigeration Syst
Air Conditioning Applications
Advanced Heating-Mech Systems
HVAC Unitary System Design

General Education Courses

Fundamentals-Public Speaking
English 1
Industrial and Career Writing
Intermediate Algebra-Num Trig
Ferris State Univ Seminar
Scientific Understanding Elective (Recommended - PHYS 130 or PHYS 211, CHEM 103, CHEM 114, or CHEM 121, BIOL 111. Course must have a lab)
Cultural Enrichment Elective
Social Awareness Elective
Total Credits for this degree - 67