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Mechanical Systems

Associate Degree Program - 65 Credits

An associate degree in Mechanical Systems combines HVAC/R training and Plumbing skills into one versatile, high-wage career in the industrial trades.

Stack up the Plumbing and HVAC/R diplomas offered at Southeast Technical College in Sioux Falls and earn an associate degree.

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Find a Wide Range of Career Options

Graduates of STC's Mechanical Systems program have a range of career options. They can choose to work at a large company and focus mainly on either HVAC/R or Plumbing assignments while having the skills to assist in another area. Or, graduates can work for smaller operations and be well-versed in both areas. This is particularly valuable in rural areas of the South Dakota and the region.

Gain Technical Skills from Experienced Instructors

At Southeast Technical College in the Ed Wood Trade and Industry Center, you will learn from experienced instructors with a wealth of industry expertise. Upon graduation, students will be able to: 

  • Utilize materials and methods necessary to complete a task to Uniform Plumbing Code standards.
  • Properly use plumbing tools and equipment to Uniform Plumbing Code standards.
  • Install HVAC/R equipment, controls and parts for safe and efficient operation.
  • Handle refrigerants in accordance with section 608 of the Clean Air Act.
  • Operate HVAC/R tools and equipment effectively.

Explore Classes

The first year of Southeast Tech’s Mechanical System training program includes foundational and hands on-courses in plumbing technology. Students spend the second year learning the ins and outs of the Heating, Ventilation, Cooling and Refrigeration industry.

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Vincent Berry

Plumbing Technology
Wood Center 300B

Jarrod Johnson

Wood Center 202

Daniel EisenVos

Wood Center 202B

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