2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management

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

Program Requirements

HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management, BS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management?  

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) Engineering Technology and Energy Management 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, a four-zone system that controls cooling, heating, and ventilation with computerized energy management. There is also a paid internship in the summer semester between the junior and senior year.

This completion program is available full time at the main campus in Big Rapids, MI or fully online part-time thru Ferris Online/Statewide (with a one-time week long summer residency for labs).

Career Opportunities

The HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management 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 are also many opportunities to be found with architectural and engineering firms.

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

More Information

School of Built Environment
HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management Programs
605 S. Warren Avenue, GRN 227
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-3773

HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management Programs Online/Statewide
410 Oak Street, ALU 117
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2340

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

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: