HVAC-R Program

Hands-on Learning from Industry Professionals

The Career Quest Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration diploma program was developed to train a new generation of HVAC-R technicians to meet the increasing demand for qualified professionals. In as little as a year, students can become proficient in the installation and maintenance of HVAC-R systems. 

According to the HVAC-R Workforce Development Foundation: 115,000 HVAC-R technicians will be needed by 2022 to fill jobs (in the U.S. and Canada) due to anticipated growth in the industry and retirements, yet only 21,000 students graduated from post-secondary HVAC-R programs in 2015. This provides Career Quest HVAC-R students with strong employment opportunities today and into the future. 

Relevant classroom instruction 
Instruction combines classroom lecture and textbook work with hands-on learning in an on-campus HVAC-R lab.
  • Students are able to practice and master the new skills they’ve learned in textbooks and through lecture in the lab
  • This combined approach builds knowledge retention and improves employability
Skills you’ll learn in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program
  • Installation and operation of residential heating and air conditioning systems
  • Principles, practices, and uses of basic electricity related to HVAC systems
  • Diagnose and repair domestic and commercial refrigeration systems, refrigerant recovery, reclamation, and recycling
  • Sheet metal fabrication and installation    
  • Blueprint reading   
  • Field inspection of mechanical systems, including Michigan Mechanical Code
Enroll today and prepare for a new, fast-paced career in HVAC-R in as little as a year.  


“I feel like once I get out there in the field, I’d be prepared. And it’s Career Quest I can thank for that.”



“I was working in a factory for 13 years when I got laid off. I needed to do something totally different and I started at Career Quest. Now I’m teaching here. I love it. “