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Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Department.
One of the best reasons to consider HVAC at KVCC is that we have a hands on Lab with live equipment, not trainers. Hands on training on real equipment provides real life experience that today's contractors require. Trainers cannot provide that.
Technicians must be able to maintain, diagnose, and correct problems throughout an entire heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. To do this, they adjust system controls to recommended settings and test the performance of the entire system using special tools and test equipment.
Technicians often specialize in either installation or maintenance and repair, although they are trained to do both. Some specialize in one type of equipment, hydronics (water-based heating systems), for example.
Skill levels are enhanced as students in HVAC continue through their educational programs. Many students work as apprentices. Courses in these programs prepare students for certifications, which are often a requirement for placement. An AAS degree best prepares graduates for employment and advancement.
Associate of Applied Science
Those who train for jobs in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration should have ample employment opportunities in the years ahead, whether they are new to the vocation or are veterans in the field who need training upgrades.
Nationally, the employment of heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2010
As the population grows and economy rebounds, so will the demand for new residential, commercial and industrial climate-control systems. Also, an expanding concern for energy conservation will prompt the development of innovative energy saving heating and air conditioning systems.
The emphasis on better energy management should lead to the replacement of older units and the installation of newer, more efficient networks in existing homes and buildings.