New HVAC Lab Equipment Creates More Career Opportunities for NTC Students

A state-of-the-art sheet metal cutting table was recently installed in Northwest Technical College’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning lab, giving students the opportunity to customize ductwork in the classroom.

Julian Dreher, a plumbing and heating instructor at Northwest Tech said the table, a Vulcan 2000, is cutting edge technology used in the HVAC industry. Students will be trained to operate the table and this skill alone can lead to more career options in the field.

“The table opens a third employment option for or students in addition to plumbing and HVAC service technicians,” he said. “There are HVAC companies that have employees who just work in the sheet metal shop using this table to fabricate fittings and ductwork.”

Northwest Tech offers students a unique track toward plumbing and HVAC careers by providing one convenient, collaborative program that incorporates emerging energy efficiency and green technologies. The specialized residential plumbing/HVAC program provides an understanding of technology-driven, high-efficiency products and their proper installation, operation and repair.

Classroom and hands-on courses will cover traditional heating systems, water-saving solutions, eco-friendly private sewage disposal systems, renewable energy solutions, thermal solar design and geothermal technology.

Residential Plumbing/HVAC

At Northwest Technical College in Bemidji, students can obtain a diploma in residential plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Explore traditional and emerging energy solutions in a field offering job opportunities in the Bemidji region. For more information, contact the NTC Office of Admissions at, call (218) 333-6600 and ask for admissions or visit




MN State logoNorthwest Technical College, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, has prepared students for fulfilling careers in high-demand fields for more than 50 years. The college’s accessible, affordable, hands-on programs also help the region’s employers meet their ever-growing need for a highly skilled workforce. NTC serves more than 1,000 students with an excellent education, an open-enrollment policy and affordable tuition. Students may pursue nearly 40 degree, diploma and certificate programs in six distinct career paths. Classes are offered on campus, online, or as a combination of both. NTC is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities. For more, visit