Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tool List

Gainful Employment

The Program

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2022, the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration job market will grow by more than 20% -- well above the national average for other occupations. And with this growth, the demand for skilled HVAC professionals who can utilize state-of-the-art technologies and comply with increasingly strict environmental regulations will rise as well.

At Salina Tech, we prepare our students for this by giving them hands-on experience with a wide range of both new and old equipment including, furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, reach-in and walk-in coolers, ice machines and sheet metal equipment. Students will take a wide range of classes ranging from HVAC fundamentals and safety, to compressor controls and troubleshooting.

Students who graduate from this program go on to pursue careers in a number of different areas. Although many go on to work in the commercial and/or residential HVAC sector where the average salary can range anywhere from $40,000 to $45,000, some go on to start their own HVAC business and if successful, their annual income can be much higher.

From installation and repair, to compliance and troubleshooting, in just nine short months at Salina Tech’s HVAC program, students gain the knowledge and skills they need to immediately start earning a competitive wage in the HVAC sector.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

1. Obtain EPA Universal certification.
2.  Demonstrate a working knowledge of residential heating systems to include installation, troubleshooting and repair skills.
3.  Demonstrate a working knowledge of commercial heating systems to include installation, troubleshooting and repair skills.
4.  Demonstrate working knowledge of residential cooling systems to include install, troubleshooting, and repair skills.
5. Demonstrate a working knowledge of commercial cooling systems to include install, troubleshooting, and repair skills.
6. Demonstrate a working knowledge of sheet metal lay out and fabrication.
7. Demonstrate a working knowledge of commercial refrigeration systems to include install, troubleshooting and repair skills.
8. Demonstrate a working knowledge of Work Place Skills/Ethics.







Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

9 Months


Chad Townley

Expected Starting Salary

$25,000 - $45,000

Career Opportunities

Service Technician

Service Manager

Commercial & Residential HVAC Technician

HVAC Installer

Sales Professional

Business Owner (Self-employed)

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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