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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Program Details

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

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August and January

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $12,912

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

HVAC/R Career Pathway  

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers. Learn more about Career Pathways.

How To Enroll

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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Statistic #1
Get a Job

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

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Statistic #1
Make More Money

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) graduates reported an average starting salary of $42,983.

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Statistic #1
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.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) program.
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  • 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.


  • Control Group Technician
  • Facilities Maintenance Technician
  • HVAC Sales Coordinator
  • HVAC Technician
  • Pipefitter
  • Service Technician

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