Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)



HVAC Excellence AccreditationWhy are so many of our HVAC graduates hired by local firms? Our accredited program provides extensive hands-on experience in repair, maintenance, and installation. Our grads are skilled and great at what they do. You will be, too. In less than a year you can be working in the field. Iowa’s Last-Dollar Scholarship may even cover your tuition.

What You Learn in HVAC

Through lectures and labs, learn to work on residential and commercial HVAC systems. It's a fast-paced program that covers sheet metal application, electrical troubleshooting, the refrigeration cycle, and more. Techs must follow government regulations for refrigerants, so we cover that, too. Our program is the only one in Iowa fully accredited by HVAC Excellence. Graduate with a diploma and ready to ace industry competency exams.

What Can I do With a HVAC Diploma? 

Start working as an entry-level installer or service technician, and grow from there. Your job is to make sure HVAC systems control the temperature, humidity, and air quality in homes, businesses, schools and more. Specialize in radiant heating systems, solar panels, or commercial refrigeration. Consider building on your diploma with an apprenticeship. It can boost your career options, growth, and salary.

A Solid Foundation

Refrigeration Fundamentals

It's central

Refrigeration Fundamentals

Learn how HVAC techs use refrigeration in residential systems.

Basic Electricity

Cool it

Basic Electricity

Work with the electricity in residential AC units.

Trade Skills II

An art

Trade Skills II

Use all types of tools tied to the profession, then get to work. Manufacture sheet metal fittings.

HVAC-R Industry Safety

It's No. 1

HVAC-R Industry Safety

Discuss and apply OSHA regulations that protect workers.

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Danni Krogstad, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Instructor, posing in Muscatine's HVAC lab
“Just seeing students interested in learning everything: the process, recovery vacuuming, recharging. Just watching them get their hands on and work with copper, gas pipe, and sheet metal. I can tell they are truly learning and enjoying what they are doing. I knew in HVAC I would always have a job no matter what, because everyone needs their comfort.”
Danni Krogstad, Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Instructor
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Ready to go? 

Our program prepares you for a great career in less than a year. Graduate with hands-on HVAC skills and experience, and quite possibly, a job offer on the table. Here's more details:

  • Our program prepares you for the Industry Competency Exams in Residential and Light Commercial HVAC.
  • You graduate with an industry-approved 10-hour OSHA certificate.
  • You graduate with the required EPA Section 608 Technician Certification to work in the field.
  • Submit your diploma to the Iowa Mechanical Board for a specialty license.

You must have safety glasses and sturdy work shoes. In addition, you need hand tools (which you will use throughout your career). The tools will cost an estimated $2,000. However, financial aid or an EICC scholarship may cover some or all of this expense. Get in touch with your advisor.

Tour the HVAC Lab

Two students talking with Student Services staff member

Iowa's Last-Dollar Scholarship

You may be eligible to earn a degree in this high-demand field for zero tuition costs! You file for financial aid, and if your Expected Family Contribution is at or below $20,000, the state covers the remaining balance beyond the aid for which you are eligible. More than two dozen career programs qualify, including this one. File your FAFSA by July 15.

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Fast track your career

This is a quick and affordable way to enter the workforce and make good money. Our two-year degree, diploma, and certificate programs are a fast track to successful careers in the trades, technology, healthcare, and more. Enjoy hands-on training, expert instruction, and incredibly affordable education. A four-year degree is great, but two-years or less is even better. Enroll in our programs now, then brag about your quick return on investment.

Student talking with advisor

Career Services

EICC’s Career Services department helps you refine goals, search for jobs, and launch a profession. Looking for work or an internship? Regional and national employers post openings on our job posting site. Upload your resume. Refresh it first using our free online tool. Meet with an EICC career coordinator to do a mock interview or to learn more about career pathways.

Student testing air conditioning unit in HVAC lab

Start in High School

Get a jump on your college education while you are in high school. Through our Career Academies, complete a semester to a full year of courses. It's free and cuts down on the time you spend completing your EICC degree, often in half. Save time and money, and launch your career sooner.


Ready to Launch?

Start here. Earn a certificate. Build new skills in a short-term program. Step into the field and enjoy the edge you now have in the job market. From baking to digital analytics, we give you a launching pad.

Where do you want to go?
HVAC Excellence Accreditation

The HVAC program and curriculum at EICC is fully accredited by HVAC Excellence. It is the only HVAC program in the state of Iowa to receive this accreditation.

The mission of the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at EICC is to deliver high-quality education and training that:
  • prepares a skilled Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning workforce.
  • meets or exceeds the standards of the HVAC Excellence accreditation.
  • provides affordable access to higher education.
  • builds and strengthens our communities.

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Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC): Locations

Scott Community College

500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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