Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning,
Southern Arkansas University Tech provides a degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R). The HVAC-R program provides the training necessary for those desiring employment in this high demand and high paying field. Opportunities abound with local companies as well as opportunities across the nation. Employment in the HVAC and refrigeration technician field is expected to grow by 24 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The HVAC-R program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to safely install, troubleshoot and repair HVAC and refrigeration equipment used in the home and light commercial applications.
This is a comprehensive study of both a balance of theory and practical hands-on approach to the repair, replacement and installation of HVAC and refrigeration equipment. As a part of the program, students must take and pass, with 70 percent or better, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Section 608 Certification Exam and will earn a universal license. Additionally, students are required to sit for Employment Ready (ER) Electrical, ER Air Conditioning, and ER Heat Pumps industry competency exams through HVAC Excellence prior to graduation.