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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

Control Group Technician

Facilities Maintenance Technician

HVAC Sales Coordinator

HVAC Technician

Pipefitter

Service Technician

Graduate Employers

Countryside Plumbing & Heating

J.F. Ahern

TTM Technologies

Just the Facts

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC)
68 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Start Dates //
August and January

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

2,790

Term 2

$

2,958

Term 3

$

2,732

Term 4

$

2,522

Tools/Materials

$

560

Books

$

1,350

Estimated Total:  $12,912

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Program Courses

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

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.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

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.

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Program Outcomes

 

100%
Employed

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

 

$43K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) graduates reported an average starting salary of $43,117.

 

Transfer
Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

 

Focus On Student Success

I liked the liberal arts program that I started in. It gave me the opportunity to see what’s out there and decide what I wanted to do. In my second year, I chose the HVAC program. Before I even started classes, instructor Jim Parker helped me get a job at Erv Smith Services. I’m working full-time and taking night classes, and Erv Smith is helping me pay for school. They want me to get the right certifications and CVTC is the best place for that.

Angel, HVAC/R Student

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.
 

Degrees & Diplomas

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Technician, Technical Diploma

Renewable Energy, Technical Diploma

Certificates

Air Conditioning, Certificate

Gas Heating and Airflow, Certificate

Oil, Electric and Hydronic Heating, Certificate

Refrigeration, Certificate

Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The Partnership for Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) is an independent, third party organization that is a partnership between heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) educators and the HVACR industry that will award accreditation to programs that have met and/or exceeded industry validated standards. Visit accreditation website.