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AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING & REFRIGERATION (HVAC)

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVAC) Program Details

One-Year Technical Degree

Did you know that qualified and certified technicians in the environmental air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry are in high demand? Take advantage of this need by enrolling in CVTC’s Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration-HVAC Technician program. In one year you can earn a technical diploma and start your career.

The program will cover:

  • Gas, oil, electric, and hydronic heating systems
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning systems
  • HVACR technical problem solving
  • Renewable and sustainable energy technology
  • Geothermal and solar systems applications
  • Equipment installation
  • Servicing and troubleshooting equipment
  • Renewable energies

This program will provide you with both hands-on technical and service situations under the close supervision of an experienced instructor.

This program will prepare you to take the Environmental Protection Agency Certification Exam for safe handling of refrigerants along with the Industry Competency Exam for HVAC/R technicians.


Two-Year Associate Degree

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.

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Just the Facts

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration-HVAC Technician
33 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates
August

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment Data

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

Estimated Program Cost

Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $8,098

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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: $15,038

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

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 photovoltaic, 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.


Email us at therightchoice@cvtc.edu for more help!


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100%
Get a Job

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

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$43K
Make More Money

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

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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 (HVAC) programs. For more detailed course info, click here.

  • HVAC/R Service & Applications
    Students learn the techniques to install, test, maintain, and troubleshoot residential and commercial air conditioning and refrigeration systems, in a well-equipped lab that provides the optimal training experience.
  • Schematic Wiring–HVAC
    Students will learn to read and interpret electrical schematics found on a variety of HVAC/R equipment.
  • Technical Problems–HVAC
    Students will be asked to diagnose and solve a variety of electrical and mechanical problems found on actual HVAC/R equipment.
  • Plan & Print Reading–HVAC (Part of Two-Year Program)
    Learn the fundamentals of reading and interpreting architectural, plumbing, HVAC, and electrical plans for the sizing and installation of equipment.
  • Advanced HVAC Controls (Part of Two-Year Program)
    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 (Part of Two-Year Program)
    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

  • Facility Director of Maintenance
  • HVAC Technician
  • Service/Install Technician
  • Serviceman HVAC Mechanicals
  • Shop Worker
  • Control Group Technician
  • Pipefitter

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Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 3% growth is projected in air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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