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.

KCC offers the following Industrial HVAC-R Program credentials:

  • Industrial Trades Certificate in HVAC-R (25 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science: Industrial HVAC-R (60 credits)
  • Associate in Applied Science: Skilled Trades (60 credits)

For more information about KCC’s HVAC-R Program, see:

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 1 credit apiece and can be completed at a student’s own pace in a matter of hours or days. Units range from one to 30 modules, depending on the area of instruction.

Industrial HVAC-R modules carry the course designator INHR as detailed in the most recent Fall 2021 HVAC-R cost sheet. Units in this program include:

Unit Title Credits
Unit 5 Refrigeration Tools/Plant Safety .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 .96
Unit 30 Steam Systems .63
Unit 35 Heat Pumps & Troubleshooting 1.37
Unit 40 Air Distribution & Indoor Air Quality 2.96
Unit 45 HVAC-R Automation Controls .96
Unit 50 HVAC-R Duct Systems .63
Unit 55 HVAC-R Preventative Maintenance 2.79
Unit 60 HVAC-R Commissioning & Conservation 2.84
Unit 65 Water Treatment .42
Unit 70 Supervisory Skills .63
Unit 75 Writing for Employment .50

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:

Industrial HVAC-R Careers

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 U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Why Study Industrial HVAC-R at KCC?

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.

RMTC Equipment & Facilities

Across Michigan, there are few facilities like the Regional Manufacturing Technology Center, which KCC started in 1990 as a way to serve the workforce needs of the industries that are active and growing in south central Michigan. Thanks to an ongoing commitment from the College, private employers and local, state and federal agencies, the RMTC is a premier provider of industrial and skilled-trades education with highly experienced instructors and top-notch equipment. Machinery used for training at the RMTC is similar or identical to the equipment that students will use in the workplace. Additionally, KCC’s HVAC-R Program has one of the only low-pressure refrigerant trainers in Michigan. The College purchased the trainer with a federal grant.

Self-Paced Learning

Because of the self-paced instructional model at the RMTC, students can move at their own pace through the modules and units. As their work and life schedules allow, they can spend as many or as few hours each week learning alongside our instructors, who are available in labs during lab hours.

See the RMTC Fall 2021 Lab Schedule for available hours.

Prior-Learning Credits

Students who hold a journeyman or U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) apprenticeship certificate are eligible to receive prior learning credits that can be applied toward a KCC certificate or degree.

Tour the RMTC

Prospective students have an open invitation to visit the RMTC to take a tour of the facility, meet instructors and learn more about individual programs.