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HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose HVACR Engineering Technology?

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology curriculum is a two-year, upper-division sequence leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Instruction is aimed at developing expertise in system and controls design, retrofitting, testing and adjusting, system balancing and building operations with microcomputer controls.

Students learn up-to-date methods of identifying and performing efficiency evaluations on different types of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems found in commercial and industrial buildings. They also learn methods of adjusting and balancing equipment for maximum performance.

In addition to classroom study, students perform energy and HVACR systems analysis for West Michigan businesses and industries. An energy systems laboratory includes equipment, computers and instrumentation found in commercial or industrial buildings. The lab includes a ten-ton variable air volume, four-zone system that controls cooling, heating and ventilation with computerized energy management. There also is a paid internship in the summer semester between the junior and senior year.

Career Opportunities

The HVACR Engineering Technology program addresses designing, retrofitting, testing and balancing on a problem-solving level to prepare technologists to fill the wide technological gap between service technicians and engineers.

Challenging careers abound in manufacturing, contracting, building operations and in the engineering of commercial, institutional and industrial building systems.

These industries look for trained HVACR engineering technicians for a variety of positions, including applications engineer, project engineer, systems control, estimator, field technician, systems representative, control systems trainer and in-plant engineer. There also are many opportunities to be found with architectural and engineering firms.

Graduate placement rate has been near 100% since the program was founded in 1984, with starting salaries currently averaging $58,000 per year.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the HVACR Engineering Technology program must have completed the HVACR Technology program at Ferris or an equivalent A.A.S. program at another institution (or equivalent) with a minimum college GPA of a 2.5. In addition, students should possess computer literacy skills and have completed college intermediate algebra and a scientific understanding course.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

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

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The HVACR Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Students must

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 40 credits at the 300/400 level
  • have 30 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement)
  • have a minimum 120 total credits to earn a bachelor degree
  • earn a “C-“ or better in all HVAC coursework
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website

More Information

HVACR Engineering Technology 

School of Built Environment

Ferris State University
605 S. Warren Avenue, GRN 227
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3773


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

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Courses - 40 Credits Required

Control Theory - Application
HVAC Air System Select-Design
HVAC Hydronic Systm Slct-Dsgn
Load Analysis-Energy Modeling
Contracting Issues in HVACR
Summer Internship
Direct Digital Control
Energy Audit and Analysis
Primary HVAC Equip Selection
Commercial HVAC System Design
Technical Related Course
Computer Graphics-ARCH-HVACR
Minimum credit hours required for B.S. degree: