Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
HVACR is a course designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a technician in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry.  Students successfully completing the program will be given the EPA 608 Refrigerant Certificate exam.  This certification meets the Federal EPA requirements and is required for employment as a technician in the HVACR field.
To complete all the required skills, high school students attend three hours per day for two school years.  Adults may complete in one year by attending six hours per day.

Program Instructor


Mr. Scott Osborn comes to the HVAC/R teaching profession after sixteen years in public education.  He is a graduate of Northland Career Center’s Adult Education HVAC/R  program in 2012.  Mr. Osborn is certified by Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/ESCO Institute as a Universal Refrigeration Technician in accordance with EPA regulations.  He has over six years of residential and light commercial experience.  He also holds a Master’s  degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Missouri State University.

HVACR student

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Areas of Study

  • Safety
  • Use of Lab Equipment
  • Basic Mechanical Refrigeration
  • Residential & Commercial Heating
  • Electrical & Commercial Refrigeration Diagnostics
  • Troubleshooting
  • Real World Skills/Environment

Dual and/or Articulated Credit

  • Program completers can receive up to 14 hours college credit from the Metropolitan Community College.
  • Program completers can receive up to 12 hours college credit from Missouri Western State University.
  • Program completers can receive up to 7 hours college credit from Missouri State Technical College.

Career Opportunities


Hourly Wage*

Average Salary*

Parts Salesperson

$   9 - $ 18

$ 25,000

General Maintenance

$   9 - $ 21

$ 27,000

Home Appliance Repairer

$ 11 - $ 24

$ 33,000

Commercial Service Tech

$ 13 - $ 29

$ 40,000

Wind Turbine Technician

$ 16 - $ 26

$ 42,000

HVACR Mechanic/Installer

$ 14 - $ 32

$ 43,000


$ 15 - $ 38

$ 50,000

Cost Estimator

$ 17 - $ 38

$ 52,000


* Occupational Outlook Handbook, Summer 2012 & May 2014

New information is now available for Missourians looking for which jobs will be "hot" this decade. The report shows that youth and adults with an interest - and skills - in science, technology, engineering, and math have many bright prospects in Missouri. 

The "Missouri's Hot Jobs" report suggests which occupations are most likely to be in demand through 2018, according to the Missouri Economic Research Information Center (MERIC).