Each year SCR provides great opportunities for students looking to explore career options in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC/R). Through its Scholarships and Internships Programs, students gain valuable experience to use post-graduation. Keep reading to learn about these programs and how they are set up to help participants focus on success.
HOW & WHERE
The scholarships and internships available through SCR are virtually intertwined. This means that students in the scholarship program can complete their internship at the same time.
“Most of the programs have some kind of internship built into the curriculum,” said Kelsey Combs, Human Resource Generalist at SCR. “So, they would do that internship with us.”
These programs are offered regionally to accommodate SCR’s branches and service areas:
- Central: St. Cloud, Duluth/Superior
- Metro: Twin Cities area
- Northern: Brainerd/Baxter
- Southern: Mankato, Rochester
The number of available scholarships varies, Combs said. “We base it upon our projected needs, and that changes from year to year,” she added.
THE NUTS & BOLTS
Applicants must complete a mechanical aptitude test to determine if the HVAC/R program is a good fit. The test analyzes things like mechanical inclination, knowledge of tools, and spatial reasoning to assess proficiency and ability to learn the intricacies of the trade.
The program allows students to intern in different departments, gaining hands-on experience in service, refrigeration installation, and controls.
“We try to get them to rotate through all of them, but it depends on their area of study,” Combs said. Broader degrees such as HVAC require knowledge in more areas, whereas other programs are targeted toward specific departments.
ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS
To qualify for the Scholarship and Internship Program, students are required to:
- Enroll in one of the HVAC, HVAC/R, Electrical Construction, Instrumentation, or Residential Plumbing programs
- Successfully complete a Mechanical Aptitude Test
- Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Commit to working for SCR following graduation
For the Central and Northern branches, the post-graduate employment requirement is two years. For the Southern location, students receive a full-ride scholarship and then need to commit to working for SCR for three years after graduation.
“But most employees end up staying long-term,” Combs said, “so this program has been really successful.”
WHAT TO KNOW
Because these programs are so popular, many of them have wait lists for enrollment. To avoid eligibility issues, Combs suggests students plan ahead.
“If somebody is thinking about pursuing a degree in HVAC, you have to be ahead of everyone else,” she said.
Students interested in the Scholarship and Internship Program can apply on the SCR website or on Indeed.com. Combs also said a lot of applicants are referred by current employees or encouraged by instructors at the local colleges to apply.
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