NDSCS opens new world-class HVAC/R educational facilities

HVAC Trane Lab

North Dakota State College of Science opened a state-of-the-art instructional facility for its Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program today. The world-class lab and classroom were made possible through a combination of public and private funds and donations. Students in the HVAC/R Technology program can now train on the latest technology used by industry, enabling them to gain the skills needed for technically advanced careers.

Public funds from a $400,000 North Dakota Department of Commerce workforce enhancement grant were matched by more than $432,000 in private donations from Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services. In addition to donated equipment, Trane representatives oversaw the complete installation of the systems to ensure they are fully operational.

The NDSCS HVAC/R instructional areas now boast eight rooftop units, a water source heat pump, an air handler, ten variable air volume boxes, Air-FiTM wireless controls and Tracer® SC system controllers. Students are immersed in the curriculum that features this state-of-the-art equipment, and the theory behind how the mechanical systems work together to make buildings as efficient as possible.

“HVAC is a high demand career in North Dakota,” said NDSCS President John Richman. “This public-private collaboration helps to solve the state’s need for HVAC technicians. This is a model that needs to be replicated, as everyone wins in the end.”

Through a partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), NDSCS offers its HVAC/R students five certifications to demonstrate that they have been educated to industry standards. NDSCS instructors worked with Trane and NC3 to develop curriculum. Jeff Kukert developed a curriculum for variable speed motors and Mark Wood developed a heat pump curriculum. They are both NC3 Certified Master Instructors and are certified to deliver BAS Level I, residential airflow, residential refrigeration diagnostics, variable speed motors and heat pump curriculum to students.

Graduates from the NDSCS HVAC/R Technology program in 2016 had a 100% placement rate. Individuals interested in the program can learn more online at ndscs.edu/hvacr, or by attending the College’s Electrical, HVAC/R, Manufacturing Day on Monday, November 6. More information and registration for this event can be found online at ndscs.edu/specialevent.

NDSCS Students Excel at North Dakota SkillsUSA Contest

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Students from the North Dakota State College of Science received a number of awards at the North Dakota SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference, which was held at NDSCS in April. By achieving gold medals at the state level, 13 of these students qualified to compete in their respective categories at the national SkillsUSA Championships, which will be held in Louisville, Ky. in June.

The NDSCS students who received gold, silver or bronze medals at the state competition include:

 Morgan Berg, Welding, Silver; Charlie Jacobson, Welding Fabrication, Gold; Tanner Klein, Motorcycle Service Technology, Gold; Summer Peterson, Culinary Arts, Gold; Kolby Wetch, Diesel Equipment Technology, Gold
Dickinson: Jakob Ohl, Automotive Service Technology, Gold
Fargo: Dylan Erdmann, CNC Turning Specialist, Bronze; Bryan Sholts, Power Equipment Technology, Gold
Granville: Chase Brodehl, Plumbing, Gold
Jamestown: Dillon Bischoff, Diesel Equipment Technology, Silver; Nate Klose, HVAC, Silver; Jason Schulte, HVAC, Bronze
Lidgerwood: Daniel Novotny, Automotive Service Technology, Bronze
Mandan: Trae Bennett, Welding Fabrication, Gold
Rolette: Tanner Anderson, Diesel Equipment Technology, Bronze
South Heart: Oliver Kelly, Plumbing, Silver
Wahpeton: Drew Bajumpaa, HVAC, Gold
Williston: Steven Fixen, Electrical Construction Wiring, Gold

Jalen Plath, Power Equipment Technology, Silver; Tyler Stage, Power Equipment Technology, Bronze
East Grand Forks: Nick Jundt, Welding Fabrication, Gold
Fergus Falls: Jack Jacobs, Welding, Gold
Frazee: Ryan Roble, Electrical Construction Wiring, Silver
Hallock: Carson Thorsteinson, CNC Technician, Gold
Ortonville: Travis Kellen, Welding, Bronze

 David Rennie, Automotive Service Technology, Silver

Mike Burda, CNC Milling Specialist, Silver

Tana Erbes

Tana Erbes

Architectural Modeling & Design
Auto Body Repair and Refinishing Technology
Building Construction Technology
Construction Management Technology
Culinary Arts
Dean's Office
HVACR Technology
Land Surveying and Civil Engineering Technology
Pharmacy Technician
Powersports Technology
Precision Machining Technology
Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics Technology
Welding Technology
Program Outreach Specialist
Tech Center 14
Jeffrey Kukert

Jeffrey Kukert

HVACR Technology
Mechanical Systems
Associate Professor/Chair
Barnard Hall 122

Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

Get on the path to a high-demand career with our HVAC/R Technology program.

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Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Technology program provides a balance of theory and application, including principles of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration combined with extensive laboratory experience.

  • Type: Certificate, A.A.S. degree
  • Locations: Wahpeton
  • Cluster: Architecture and Construction
  • Green Technology Available

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​HVAC/R technicians are in high demand around the country, and that demand is expected to stay strong. Earn your certificate or associate’s degree in our hands-on program and jump into a rewarding career. You’ll be ready to do anything from repairing heating units and maintaining supermarket refrigeration systems to troubleshooting electrical problems and planning indoor air quality systems for hospitals. Plus you’ll earn a great salary while you’re at it.

Get on the path to a hot career with our HVAC/R Technology program.

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Career Potential

  • Since 2011, 100% of our graduates went on to start a career or continue their education.

Types of Jobs

  • Commercial installation and service
  • Industrial installation and service
  • Residential installation and service
  • Sales
  • Design
  • Maintenance
  • Self-employment

What You’ll Learn

  • Electrical – control circuits, schematic diagrams, problem solving with electrical test equipment
  • Piping
  • Sheet metal fabrication
  • Oil, gas and electrical heating system design, installation and service
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration design, installation and service
  • Heat pump system design, installation and service
  • Building control system design, installation and service
  • Hydronics
  • Geothermal water source heat pump

Additional Certifications Available

  • Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour Safety Training Certificate
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Refrigerant Handling Certification
  • Industry Competency Exam (ICE) Certificate

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