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Associate Degree

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR)

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Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) 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. HVACR careers are in demand with a shortage of technicians and an increasing need for support of alternate energy systems.

In the HVACR classes, you will learn:

  • HVACR 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 HVACR technicians.

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR)
66 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months


Financial Aid Eligible


Advanced Placement Available


Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

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 What are estimated program costs? Estimated Total: $14,680

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Career Opportunities

HVAC Designer

HVAC Installer

HVAC Technician

HVAC/Plumbing CAD Technician

Service Technician

Sheet Metal Apprentice

Graduate Employers

APEX Engineering

Bartingale Mechanical

Benedict Sales & Service

Erv Smith Services



Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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Yearly Salary

Our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) graduates reported an average starting salary of $48,779.



89% of our recent Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) graduates got a job in the industry.


Regional Jobs

There are 54 job openings in the CVTC district for the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) program.

Sample Courses

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.

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Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways  What is a 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.

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Chaz, HVACR Student

I came to CVTC because I knew it would be better for me than a four-year college, and I wanted more education after high school.


HVACR 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 (HVACR) Technician, Technical Diploma

Renewable Energy, Technical Diploma



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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  Unsure of which program you'd like to go into? Learn more about our Career Assessment to help narrow down your options.

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Program Accreditation

HVAC Excellence

The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration (HVACR) program is accredited by HVAC Excellence. HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation identifies educational programs that possess, the resources and administrative support, to prepare students for entry level positions in the HVACR industry. Visit accreditation website.

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Admission Requirements

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