HVAC & Building Trades Fundamentals

Why Consider a Career in HVAC?

Play a key role in ensuring people and animals have safe, comfortable, healthy environments by maintaining and optimizing HVAC systems for proper heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration.

  • This can be your first step to a well-paying career in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) field. 
  • Skilled technicians are in high demand year-round. 
  • You prefer a hands-on career in a skilled trade that doesn’t require an extensive time commitment for training.
  • Gaining electrical, mechanical, welding, troubleshooting, and other building-related skills interests you.

Why Learn at Lakeshore?

  • This is a competency-based education (CBE) program offering flexible course delivery and scheduling.
  • Start when it’s convenient for you, almost any month of the year. 
  • Because of our low student-to-faculty ratio, you’ll get to know instructors and fellow students.
  • Instructors have years of experience in the field in addition to teaching experience.
  • In less than two semesters, you can be ready for an entry-level position in the HVAC industry.

What It Takes

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skill
  • Persistence in identifying and solving problems
  • Ability to perform general physical activities
Career Area
Architecture and Construction
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • 2 Terms 
  • 28 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Multiple Start Dates

Summer 2024 CBE Schedule

Fall 2024 CBE Schedule

CBE On Campus: Flexible lab/class instruction where you complete assessments at a personalized pace.

Summer Lab Availability: Wednesday, 8 AM - 8 PM.

Lab availability: Tuesday & Wednesday, 9 AM - 9 PM.

Career Outlook

HVACR Installation Technician

Median Income: $57,939.00*


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Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from the Lakeshore District.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

Approximate Costs

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CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

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