Heating, Vent, A/C, and Refrigeration


The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) program will prepare you to pursue a well-paid career in an industry where there is a high demand for skilled labor as an HVAC Tech. The well-trained women and men in this field install, service, and maintain HVACR equipment to maximize indoor comfort while minimizing energy use.

As a student at Elgin Community College’s HVACR program, you will gain practical skills and knowledge from seasoned faculty who have many years of experience in the industry. Modern, well-equipped labs feature state-of-the-art equipment, including heat pumps and roof-top units, so you can experience working on existing systems that you will encounter as a working professional doing the installation and repair tasks.

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Getting a Job as an HVAC/R Technician

If you’re interested in a career as an HVAC mechanic troubleshooting, diagnosing, servicing, repairing, and performing maintenance on heating and cooling systems, you’ll enjoy a career in a growing field. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that this profession will grow by 5 percent by 2030 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers (accessed December 22, 2021).

ECC’s program prepares you to take the EPA 608 Technician Certification exam. See details about the salary and local job opportunities for HVAC Engineers, HVAC Installers, Automotive HVAC Technicians, and other career options with this degree or certificate on the ECC Career Coach site.

Is Being a Sheet Metal Worker a Good Career?

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that sheet metal fabricators operating fabricating machines such as shears, brakes, presses, forming rolls to cut, bend, block, and form or straighten materials are expected to grow 4 percent in the next 10 years. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Sheet Metal Workers (accessed December 22, 2021).

See details about the salary and local job opportunities for a career in commercial HVAC duct systems, fabricating or installing galvanized steel, copper, and stainless steel ion the ECC Career Coach site

Planning to Transfer

Learn more about earning a Bachelor’s degree, earning summer credits for transfer, or dual admissions with a university by visiting University Transfer & Partnerships.

Learn more about how hands-on training at ECC can prepare you for a career in the HVAC industry!

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