Heating/Refrigeration/AC (HRA)

High-Demand Career, High-Impact Training at MMCC

We're training HRA / HVAC professionals quickly in order to meet growing demand.

Student Success:

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MMCC's HRA programs have a 97.5% student pass rates, more than a few points above the national average of 81%!

State-of-the-art Facilities

Text displaying 5,500 square foot HRA lab over a rectangle logoOur 5,500 square foot HRA lab space provides amble room to learn and train.

Top-Tier Technology:

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We've recently invested over $1,000,000 in lab/equipment upgrades.

Train Fast, and Get to Work:

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Our HRA training credential can be completed in about 30-weeks, and our Associates in Applied Science degree may take only two years.

Industry Growth:

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Projected trends in the industry suggest a 14% increase in available HRA-related jobs.

Exceptional Earning Potential:

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The national median average earnings is approx. $45,110 annually.

Students complete the compressed formats of our degrees in 30 weeks to two years.

The job market for HVAC / HRA professionals (heating and air conditioning installers and mechanics) is growing much faster than other occupations, with an expected 14% increase in openings through 2024. At a median pay of $45,110/year, this in-demand trade career not only opens doors, but it offers rewarding experiences for students with technical and customer-focused interests.

Our five different credentialing programs provide students many paths to their HRA careers. And some degrees can be combined for increased marketability and employment opportunities. In fact, MMCC is one of the only community colleges to offer a geothermal systems training program, which is an advanced credential for HRA degree holders.

Why Choose MMCC?

Hands-On Learning

We don't expect students to learn from text books alone, which is why we've invested in nearly $1 million in upgrades to our 5,500 square foot HRA lab. Here, students learn on real heating and refrigeration units, so that they are prepared to enter the workforce successfully and quickly. Our cohort-style approach means that students work together as a team, building relationships with one another and their faculty members.

And, they take their training into the community, installing and renovating heating and cooling systems for local individuals and businesses as part of their coursework.

Fast-Training Model

Our HRA students enter the workforce or transfer to bachelor programs quickly, because of specially-designed fast-track degrees and credentials.

Our associate degree in HRA takes only one to two years to complete and offers a full range of program courses in the summer. This degree also transfers to bachelor degree programs, including Ferris State University.

Our HRA training credential can be completed in as few as 30 weeks through a condensed fast-track model. This career-focused credential allows for direct career entry in less than one year by including only HRA-specific coursework.

Small Classes. Big Opportunities.

Our HRA program provides rich one-on-one learning experiences. MMCC's average class size is 18, but our HRA courses are often even smaller. Our students get attention; they get noticed and appreciated; and they get opportunities for job placement through the personal connections that they've built at MMCC.

Career Information

HVAC/HRA Professionals install, maintain, inspect, and repair heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. This is a hands-on field, in which professionals respond to scheduled or on-call requests for service or installation of new equipment. They may provide services to residential and commercial clients.

HVAC/R Professionals need to use problem-solving and mechanical skills to respond to the variety of situational factors and settings in which they work.

Geothermal power uses heat from the earth’s core to provide both heating and cooling in residential, commercial, and utility scales. It is a renewable source of energy and environmentally low-impact. More and more of these systems are being installed every year in the US, as they offer great cost-saving and ecological benefits. Geothermal Systems Technicians have HVAC/HRA backgrounds. They consider environmental and topographical conditions in order to recommend and install geothermal systems for clients.

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Job/Career Outlook


  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers: National Median pay is $21.69 or $45,110/year
  • Geothermal Systems Installers and Mechanics have additional opportunities for career earnings and advancement.

Employment Outlook (2014-2024)*:

  • Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:14%, Much faster than average.
  • Geothermal Systems Installers and Mechanics have additional opportunities for career earnings and advancement.

For Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics & Installers
*Information from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014 figures.

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