Industrial HVAC-R

A KCC Industrial Trades instructor explains HVAC-R equipment to a student at the RMTC.Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity and air quality in residential, commercial and industrial buildings while refrigeration systems cool areas for the storage of perishable items. The Industrial Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) program at Kellogg Community College prepares students to install, maintain and repair these systems utilizing our top-notch equipment and self-paced instructional method. Our program has one of the only low-pressure refrigerant trainers in Michigan.

KCC offers a certificate and an associate degree in Industrial HVAC-R, as well as the more generalized Trades certificate and associate degree geared towards company-sponsored students.

The Industrial Trades Certificate is not eligible for financial aid.

Industrial HVAC-R Careers

Heating and air conditioning systems are so common in modern society that the people who install, maintain and repair those systems will have abundant work opportunities for generations to come. In a sense, the HVAC-R industry is recession-resistant because heating and air conditioning are considered necessities in most settings and the work associated with these systems must be performed by local experts. The work is hands-on and no two days are alike.

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in industrial HVAC-R include:

  • Air compressor mechanic
  • Air quality technician
  • Facilities mechanic
  • HVAC automation technician
  • HVAC-R installer
  • HVAC-R mechanic
  • HVAC-R specialist
  • HVAC-R technician
  • Stationary engineer

With additional education after the program, opportunities include:

  • Business/shop owner
  • Engineer
  • Facilities manager
  • Maintenance supervisor
  • Sales manager
  • Service manager

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Info

For the latest employment and wage estimates for industrial HVAC-R careers in Michigan, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Course Sequences

Unlike traditional academic courses, the offerings in KCC’s Industrial HVAC-R program consist of short modules that are components of larger units. Modules are often less than one credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from 1 to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

Unit Title Credits
Unit 05 Refrigeration Tools/Plant Safety 0.91
Unit 10 Refrigeration Fundamentals 1.92
Unit 12 Electrical Fundamentals for HVAC/R 6.67
Unit 15 Refrigeration Systems & Components 6.12
Unit 20 Heating Systems & Troubleshooting 2.22
Unit 25 Hydronic Systems 0.96
Unit 30 Steam Systems 0.63
Unit 35 Heat Pumps & Troubleshooting 1.37
Unit 40 Air Distribution & Indoor Air Quality 2.96
Unit 45 HVAC-R Automation Controls 0.96
Unit 50 HVAC-R Duct Systems 0.63
Unit 55 HVAC-R Preventative Maintenance 2.79
Unit 60 HVAC-R Commissioning & Conservation 2.84
Unit 65 Water Treatment 0.42
Unit 70 Supervisory Skills 0.63
Unit 75 Writing for Employment 0.50
Full course listings Spring 2022

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer Guides are available to view opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Popular transfer destinations for KCC’s Industrial HVAC-R students include Siena Heights University and Western Michigan University.

For additional advice on transfer opportunities, contact our academic advising department.