HVAC Installer

HVAC Installer

HVAC Learning to Put You to Work

Kirkwood's HVAC Installer program prepares students to enter the skilled trade of heating, ventilation and air conditioning installation.

The you'll focus primarily on residential and light commercial equipment, including installation procedures, code requirements, electrical applications, and refrigerant handling procedures.

The one-year, hands-on program also includes system design and HVAC component operation.

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Paying for your degree may be easier than you think with our financial aid and scholarships. Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year!

Students in this program, full or part-time, may be eligible to have half of their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

Graduates of the HVAC Installer program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of hand tools used during the installation of HVAC equipment.
  • Interpret mechanical and electrical blueprints.
  • Demonstrate proficiency by exhibiting a positive attitude toward public and personal safety.
  • Perform installation procedures for residential HVAC equipment.
  • State factors that must be considered when installing all HVAC systems.
  • Perform related math skills as required by shop activities.

Completion of a program conference is required to be admitted to the program. You’ll learn more about the program as well as specific admissions requirements.

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Program Costs

HVAC Installer

School Year: 2024–25

Program Entry Semester: Fall

Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 17 17.5 34.5
In-State Tuition $3,689 $3,797.50 $7,486.50
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $100
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $0 $0 $0
Conferences/Seminars $0 $0 $0
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $273 $113 $386
Course/Section Fees $399 $175 $574
Laptop (required devices) $0 $0 $0
Testing Fees $0 $0 $0
Third Party Credentials $0 $30 $30
Tool Sets $1,100 $0 $1,100
Uniforms $0 $0 $0
Other $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $5,511 $4,165.50 $9,676.50


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $217 (In-State), $290 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

Fees and costs are subject to change. To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Program Requirements

To get into the HVAC Installer program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

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Students are encouraged to join the Kirkwood chapter of SkillsUSA, a workforce development organization for students with nearly 400,000 members nationally. 

SkillsUSA is one of eight recognized members of the National Coordinating Council for Career and Technical Student Organizations (NCC-CTSO). CTSOs are co-curricular groups that help students in career and technical education programs further their knowledge and skills by participating in activities, events, and competitions.

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association assisted the college in developing the curriculum to meet the needs of these challenging and rewarding careers.

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The tool requirement for the program includes a hand-held toolbox with basic hand tools. Also required are a few HVAC specialty tools and an electrical testing meter.

General Hand Tools:

  • Small Tool Box/Tool Bag
  • Safety Glasses
  • 1/4" Magnetic Nut Driver
  • Utility Knife
  • 5/16" Magnetic Nut Driver
  • Scissors
  • Screwdrivers - 3/16, 1/4, 5/15 flat
  • Flashlight
  • Screwdrivers #1, #2 Philips
  • Hack saw
  • Allen Wrench Set: 1/8 to 3/8 in
  • Pocket Inspection Mirror
  • 10 in Slip Joint Pliers
  • Pocket Thermometer
  • Wire Strippers
  • Cresent Wrenches: 6 in, 8 in, 10 in
  • Tape Measure
  • 6 in Needle Nose Pliers
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • 7 in Vise Grip Pliers
  • 10 in Pipe Wrench
  • 10 in Torpedo Level

Pipe Joining Tools:

  • Shure Fire Torch with Tank
  • Tubing Cutter 1/8 - 1 1/8 in
  • Fitting Brushes 5/16 - 7/8
  • Midget Tubing Cutter Cutter 1/8-5/8 in

Sheet Metal Tools:

  • Left Aviation Tin Snips
  • Hammer
  • Right Aviation Snips
  • Scratch awl
  • Straight Metal Snips
  • Hand seamer
  • Bar Folder
  • Black Sharpie
  • Round Pipe Crimper
  • Magnetic Nutsetter: 1/4 in

HVAC Specialty Tools:

  • Multimeter with Thermocouple Probe and Amprobe (Recommended UEI DL389 G2 Digital Clamp Meter H26)
  • Manifold Gauges with Hoses and Ball Valves (Recommend CPS for R-22, R-410a, and R-404a, Model MBHP5E, (A80-595))
  • Water Manometer (Recommend Yellow Jacket #78075 (H23-606))
  • Refrigeration Wrench

State and federal aid may be used for this diploma.

What career could this lead to?

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  • CFC Refrigerant Handling Certification
  • NCCER HVAC Level 1 Certification
  • NCCER Electrical Level 1 Certification
  • OSHA-10-General Construction
  • Adult First Aid with CPR

Identify and provide current and relevant technical learning in order to gain employment and to promote personal and professional growth in the HVAC industry.

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