Climate & Energy Control Technologies (HVAC)

WHAT DOES A CLIMATE AND ENERGY CONTROL (HVAC) TECHNICIAN DO?

Self-starters who enjoy new challenges will quickly warm up to a career in climate and energy control technologies, traditionally known as HVAC training. Washburn Tech will give you the knowledge and skills to repair, service, and maintain heating and cooling systems both in large commercial and residential settings. As emerging technologies hit the marketplace, our graduates are prepared to install and service them.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

The program operates out of the Midwest Training Center (MTC), a state-of-the-art facility on our main campus. Through partnerships with Trane USA, Snap-On Tools, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers, we train you in the areas of electricity, heating, residential air conditioning, refrigeration, sheet metal fabrication, direct digital controls (DDC) and commercial HVAC applications. You can leave with industry credentialing in the areas of refrigerant handling safety, tool usage and control systems. Foundational skills and principles learned in this program prepare you to work in the commercial and residential HVAC market place. Full-day students can complete the program in two semesters while half-day students can complete in four semesters. Upon completion, you will earn a 44 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

The Kansas Governor’s office identifies climate and energy control (HVAC) technicians among the top three most needed technical occupations in the state.  In neighboring states, job prospects also are excellent, with Missouri placing it on that state’s “Top 25 Hot Jobs” list.  In 2015, the average salary in Shawnee County for an entry-level HVAC position was $16.22 an hour or $33,728 annually, according to the Kansas Department of Labor. The average wage was $21.59 an hour or $44,907 annually. An experienced technician makes an average of $26.57 an hour or $55,267 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $33,728 $16.22
Average $44,907 $21.59

CERTIFICATIONS

  • 410A Safety
  • Building Automation Level 1
  • EPA 608
  • HVACR ICE
  • Meter Certification
  • OSHA-10
  • Tool Safety

SCHEDULE

Half-day and full-day classes begin in August.

Half-day Time Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 year pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p  (2 year pathway)

Full-day Time Option:
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 year pathway)