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HVACR Students

Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR)

Launch Your HVACR Career

As the academic semester approaches Ferris State University, the HVACR Technology AAS and the HVACR Engineering Technology and Energy Management BS degree program courses are a mixture of face-to-face and online formats.

We welcome individual student/family visits. However, if you wish to delay an on-site visit, you can still take a peek of the Drone Tour of the Granger Center for Construction and HVACR.

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The Ferris HVACR program is amongst the very best in the United States. The hands-on, industry-focused experience you gain in our program will accelerate your career forward immediately. That's why ranks us in their top 15 programs for 2022 - 23.

HVACR is dedicated to bringing efficiency to the built environment. We seek to understand systems, to foster the intelligent use of collaborative resources and to design sustainable HVACR systems. We provide leadership in the field by focusing on innovation, seeking advances in technologies by taking a systems perspective.

Ferris is one of only two institutions in the United States to offer a Bachelor of Science in HVACR. In keeping with the philosophy of Ferris, the HVACR degrees provide a balance of theory and application. This includes a solid foundation grounded in the principles of HVACR combined with extensive laboratory experience.

The Associate in Applied Science in HVACR Technology degree prepares students to enter the workforce as an HVACR technician. Students develop skills and learn about fabrication and joining techniques, basic refrigeration, heating, air conditioning, commercial refrigeration, electrical fundamentals, HVACR controls, and design of HVACR systems.

The Bachelor of Science in HVACR Engineering Technology degree is a continuation of the Associate in Applied Science in HVACR Technology degree. Energy efficiency is a central theme for the programs here. Students learn to optimize system performance by learning about:

  • Load calculations to determine building heating and cooling needs,
  • System analysis that concentrates on the selection of appropriate options,
  • Design principles and processes,
  • Controls to operate mechanical systems to a specified sequence of operation,
  • Commissioning to ensure that mechanical systems are operating at peak efficiency,
  • Energy audits and analysis.

Ferris HVACR Students Take Top Honor in American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ System Selection International Competition

Ferris HVACR alumni Evan Eldridge, Cole Quinlan, Nicholas Schramski, Brian Van Schepen, Cole Weber, and Jordanny Williams took first place in the HVAC System Selection category in the 2021 Student Design Competition of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) International HVAC System Selection Competition. The announcement was made August 8, 2021. The winners, along with their faculty advisor, Joseph Pacella, will receive their award at ASHRAE’s 2022 Winter Meeting in Las Vegas.

Program Spotlight: HVACR