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AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING & REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGY

Program Description

Mechanically inclined? CVTC’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program prepares you for careers designing, installing, and maintaining air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration equipment. You will also learn to work with geothermal, solar, and other renewable energy equipment. HVAC careers are in demand with a shortage of technicians and an increasing need for support of alternate energy systems.

In the HVAC classes, you will learn:

  • HVAC system design, balancing, and drafting
  • Energy management system and controls
  • Gas, oil, electric, and hydronic heating systems
  • Principles of ACHR electricity
  • Solar, geothermal, and other renewable energies
  • Air handling system design and installation
  • Advanced temperature controls
  • CAD
  • Load calculations
  • Print reading
  • Solving technical problems

CVTC provides you with both hands-on technical and service situations under the close supervision of an experienced instructor. Students enjoy learning concepts and immediately applying those concepts in the lab.

The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program prepares you to take the Environmental Protection Agency Certification exam for safe handling of refrigerants along with the Industry Competency exam for HVAC/R technicians.

Just the Facts:

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology
68 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program:
Two Years

Delivery Method:
Face to Face

Program Location:
Eau Claire

Start Dates:
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $14,310

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Earn credentials. Expand your career options.

CVTC’s certificates are a great way to quickly learn new skills to meet your goals and move ahead! Whether you want to advance your career, change careers, or just secure a little edge in the job market, a short-term certificate can be a smart choice.

Our certificates allow you to master a specific and valuable set of skills that make you attractive to employers while laying a foundation for your future. Courses taken to complete a certificate can get you started toward a degree or diploma, or add value to a degree you’ve earned.

Air Conditioning
Pathway Certificate


Offered in Evenings

Start in August, October, January, or March

8 Credits


This certificate prepares students to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification exam for refrigerant recovery, recycling, and reclamation.

Gas Heating and Airflow
Pathway Certificate


Offered in Evenings

Start in August, October, January, or March

8 Credits


This certificate prepares students with basic gas heating and air flow skills needed to perform limited service and installation on gas heating systems, as well as perform minor air flow and balancing services.

Oil, Electric and Hydronic Heating
Pathway Certificate


Offered in Evenings

Start in August, October, January, or March

8 Credits


This entry level certificate prepares students with basic oil and electric heating skills. Students will also focus on basic hydronic skills, which is movement of heat using water.

Refrigeration
Pathway Certificate


Offered in Evenings

Start in August, October, January, or March

8 Credits


This certificate prepares students to take the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 certification exam for refrigerant recovery, recycling and reclamation.

Renewable Energy
Embedded Technical Diploma


Offered in Day & Evenings

Start in August or January

18 Credits


This embedded technical diploma prepares students with skills necessary for basic geothermal, solar photovaltaic, solar thermal, and wind services.

 

How To Enroll

Enrolling at CVTC is easy! You will need to complete an online application. If you are ready to apply now, click here.

Get more detailed program information.

100%

Get a Job

100% of our Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology graduates get a job in the industry.

$37K

Make More Money

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology graduates reported an average starting salary of $36,744.

80%

Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.

Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Technology program. For more detailed course info click here.

  • Plan & Print Reading–HVAC
    Learn the fundamentals of reading and interpreting architectural, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical plans for the sizing and installation of equipment.
  • Advanced HVAC Controls
    Understand the basic concepts of a HVAC control system with a priority of making students familiar with the components of a direct digital control (DDC) and pneumatic control system.
  • HVAC Systems Design
    Students will design air conditioning, heating, and ventilation systems for commercial buildings and perform room by room load calculations, duct layout and pipe sizing, and equipment selection.

Careers

  • Control Group Technician
  • Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Draftsman
  • Pipefitter
  • Service Technician

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